Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is Hiring Corrections Personnel

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Corrections Officers candidates. This is a real career opportunity that offers great training, good pay and excellent benefits. Full Time Corrections Officers start at 18.14 per hour with a benefits package that includes: medical insurance, retirement and paid time off. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is a fully accredited agency that promotes professionalism and a positive, team atmosphere. Anyone interested in applying can apply at the Seneca County website:

https://seneca-portal.mycivilservice.com/jobopps

You must be 18 years of age by appointment with a High School Diploma or GED. There are stipends for college degrees. Military service is welcome but not required. A background investigation is conducted prior to appointment. Felony convictions disqualify an applicant but misdemeanor or violation convictions do not automatically preclude appointment.

Full Time Corrections Officers are a Civil Service Position and require the taking of a Civil Service exam. The next exam is September 28th, 2019. The deadline to sign up is August 22nd, 2019. Sign up is via the above portal.

Part time Corrections Officers are also being sought and can work a maximum of 24 hours per week. No exam is required.

Per Diem Registered Nurses to work in the Corrections Medical Division are also being sought. The current rate is 28.43 per hour with flexible hours.

 

Monthly Snapshot for July 2019

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JULY 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1166

Total Arrests: 53

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 15; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $114,441.54

NARCO: 

Total new drug cases: 12

Total arrests: 8

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 56

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $48,977.48; Yearly Total: $284,586.92

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 48

Total Income Executions: 22

Total Evictions: 2 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

July 3rd, 2019: An unusual, felony vandalism case in the Town of Fayette resulted in Investigators charging a suspect for drilling holes in a septic line and filling it with spray foam.

July 11th, 2019: Deputies were threatened with a crossbow while responding to a Domestic Violence Incident in the Town of Varick. Three deputies were injured taking the suspect into custody. All returned to work within a few days.

July 18th, 2019: The Family Services Unit charged 2 suspects with 85 felonies relating to the trafficking of Child Pornography in Seneca County. The F.S.U. partnered with the F.B.I. during this lengthy investigation.

July 18th, 2019: NARCO executed a search warrant in the Town of Lodi and took down a Meth (Methamphetamine) Lab. suspects was apprehended and charged.

July 18th, 2019: After an undercover operation NARCO charged a suspect for selling suboxone in the Town of Seneca Falls.

July 23rd, 2019: A tragic Car-Pedestrian accident occurred in the Town of Waterloo that resulted in the death of a child.

 

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Extreme Heat Warning

Sheriff Luce has received notice from Seneca County Emergency Management that we can expect excessive heat this weekend with temperatures possibly reaching 100-105 degrees.

The Sheriff urges all citizens to be wary of this weather and use appropriate measures to deal with the heat. It is important to make sure you take in enough fluids and make use of shade and air conditioned buildings. Citizens should be especially wary of heat stroke and heat exhausion when engaging in physical activities outdoors.

Citizens should pay special attention to seniors, children and pets. Any one who observes a person or pet having a heat related issue should immediately call 911. Sheriff Luce stated: “Heat related issues like heat stroke and heat exhaustion are real medical emergencies and can be life threatening.”

Detailed information on this situation and how to act are available on the Seneca County Office of Emergency Management website: https://www.co.seneca.ny.us/departments/safety-services/emergency-services/emergency-management/

Monthly Snapshot For June 2019

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR JUNE 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1038

Total Arrests: 42

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 12; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $84,596.54

NARCO: 

Total new drug cases: 11

Total arrests: 4

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 65

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $52,982.68; Yearly Total: $235,609.44

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 27

Total Income Executions: 27

Total Evictions: 2 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

June 3rd, 2019: Investigations charged a former Interlaken School Resource Officer with Criminal Sexual Act in the 1st degree for allegedly abusing a child in the Town of Varick.

June 11th, 2019: Deputies responded to a menacing with a firearm case in the Town of Romulus. The suspect was apprehended with an unregistered handgun and was D.W.I.

June 10th – 12th, 2019: The Sheriff’s Office hosted Marine Law Enforcement training for Officers working navigation patrols.

June 12th, 2019: Deputies seized over 2 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Tyre.

June 28th, 2019: The Sheriff’s Office assisted Geneva P.D. with the apprehension and arrest of a S.C.S.O. Corrections Officer on drug charges.

 

June 28th, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for possessing heroin in Romulus.

 

June 28th, 2019: NARCO charged a S.C.S.O. inmate in the jail for possessing cocaine.

June 29th, 2019: The Sheriff’s Office held their first Applicant Academy.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Deputies Threatened at Domestic Violence Incident

On 07/10/2019, at about 7:00 PM Seneca County Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence Incident in progress at 4698 Route 96A, in the Town of Varick. A family member reported that another family member was acting violently and making threats. When Deputies arrived they observed that the mailbox and wooden post at the residence had been doused with gasoline and was on fire. A deputy put out the fire with a fire extinguisher. As officers approached the scene the suspect: Victor V Gregory, age 47, of that address threatened officers with a loaded and cocked crossbow. Deputies established a perimeter and attempted to negotiate with Gregory but to no avail. Gregory continued to threaten the Officers with the crossbow.

During the exchanges with Gregory an opportunity arose when Gregory momentarily set down the crossbow. A department k-9 was utilized but Gregory unexpectedly produced a large knife and threatened the k-9. Deputies then moved in quickly and deployed a taser. Gregory continued to fight violently even after being tased. Officers physically struggled with Gregory who continued to fight and resist arrest.

Deputies were eventually able to subdue Gregory into custody. Three Officers were injured during the incident with two being taken out of work. None of the injuries are serious.

Gregory is charged with:

4 counts of menacing a police officer.

2 counts of assault 2nd degree.

1 count of criminal possession of a weapon 4th degree.

1 count of Arson 5th degree.

Resisting arrest.

Gregory is being held at the Seneca County jail awaiting Centralized Arraignment Court.

Sheriff Luce commended the actions of the Officers involved. He stated: “The Officers showed considerable restraint and more than considerable courage taking this suspect into custody without harming him. Under the circumstances they would have been justified in using deadly force. I am very proud of them”.

NYS Police and NYS Park Police provided back up and assisted at the scene.

 

Monthly Snapshot for June 2019

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR MAY 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1088

Total Arrests: 73

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 16; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $83,948.54

NARCO: 

Total new drug cases: 4

Total arrests: 9

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 62

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $36,047.40; Yearly Total: $182,626.76

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 35

Total Income Executions: 19

Total Evictions: 6 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

May 8th, 2019: Seven High School students shadowed the Sheriff’s Office for Law Day.

May 8th, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for selling crack cocaine in Seneca County. 

May 9th, 2019: Deputies responded to an animal cruelty case in Tyre where a dog was left abandoned and tied to a tree with no food or water. 

May 10th, 2019: Investigators charged a suspect for stealing $21,000 from a residence. 

May 16th, 2019: Investigators charged a former School Resource Officer from Interlaken for having a romantic relationship with an 8th grader. Subsequent arrests for sexual abuse involving an additional victim have been made. The case is continuing… 

May 23rd, 2019: The Sheriff’s Office hosted Domestic Violence training for police.

May 23rd, 2019: A suspect in Lodi was charged with Fraud for collecting welfare benefits while making undisclosed money from a cabin rental business.

May 27th, 2019: Deputies responded to a Violent Domestic in Fayette and charged a suspect for physically attacking 2 adults and a child.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Official Misconduct and Endangering the Welfare of a Child

May 16, 2019, at about 10:40pm, Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Elisia M. Panipinto, age 20, of 3450 West Covert Road, Interlaken, New York, on charges of Official Misconduct and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The charges stem from an investigation of an alleged inappropriate relationship between Panipinto and a child in the eighth grade of the South Seneca Central School District. At the time of the alleged incident, Panipinto was employed as an Interlaken Village Police Officer serving duties as a School Resource Officer for the South Seneca Central School District. Based upon the investigation, Sheriff’s Investigators allege that Panipinto used her official capacity as a police officer to gain access to the child while at school and cultivated a physical, romantic relationship. There is no evidence of sexual conduct at this time or any indication of further victims.

The investigation was commenced after  a complaint was lodged by the Interlaken Police Department and the South Seneca Central School District.

Panipinto was arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $250 cash bail/$500 secured bond. Panipinto is to reappear in the Ovid Town Court at a later date. A Class A Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim.

The investigation is continuing and multiple interviews are still pending. If anyone has any information related to this case, they are encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at (315) 220-3240.

 

 

Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR MARCH 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 998

Total Arrests: 63

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 36; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $66, 105.54

NARCO: 

Total new drug cases: 12

Total arrests: 3

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 58

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $42,798.96; Yearly Total: $110,281.84

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 41

Total Income Executions: 35

Total Evictions: 4 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

March 2, 2019: Officers from Corrections and Road Patrol formed a team and played in the annual Snow Bowl flag football event in Buffalo to raise money for Special Olympics.

March 13, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for maintaining a residence for drug activity in Seneca Falls.

March 14, 2019: Deputies responded to a Domestic Violence call in the Town of Covert involving weapons and a small child. The suspect was apprehended and no one was injured.

March 25, 2019: NARCO closed a case when they charged a suspect for selling prescription, narcotic medication in Seneca County.

March 29, 2019: Deputy Jason Lanphear was honored at the STOP DWI Banquet for having the most DWI arrests for the Sheriff’s Office and the most in the County.

March 2019: In addition to the Snow Bowl, Officers participated in Other Community Policing events this month including the Elks Drug Quiz Show and a Career Fair for High School kids.

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere

Drug Take Back and Child I.D. Day.

On April 27th, 2019, from 10:00 Am until 2:00 PM, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will be sponsoring a dual public safety event.  The first will be a Take Back Day for citizens to turn in unwanted and expired medications.  Deputies will be on hand to collect these medications at two locations: The Law Enforcement Center at 6150 Route 96, Romulus and the Waterloo North Station 44 West William Street, Waterloo. No questions will be asked and no paperwork is required. During these same hours at the L.E.C. Deputies will be offering the Operation Safe Child Identification Program. This program furnishes parents or guardians with a child I.D. card and allows quick dissemination of vital information in the event a child becomes missing. The child must be present to be photographed and a parent or guardian must give written permission.

Sheriff Luce stated that both of these programs are proven to enhance public safety and public service.  Proper disposal of unwanted/expired medication keeps it from getting into the wrong hands– especially youth.

Time is always a critical issue with a missing child. Operation Safe Child enables Law Enforcement  to get the information out quickly and effectively increasing the odds of a safe return.

Monthly Snapshot

SENECA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

MONTHLY SNAPSHOT FOR FEBRUARY 2019

LAW ENFORCEMENT: 

Total Calls For Service: 1151 Total Arrests: 62

D.H.S. Fraud Cases: 18; Yearly Total Cost Recouped: $62, 961.54

NARCO: 

Total new drug cases: 9

Total arrests: 13

CORRECTIONS:

Average Number of Inmates: 58

Monthly Total Made for Boarding In: $30,962.50; Yearly Total: $67,482.88

CIVIL: 

Total Summons/Complaints/Services: 51

Total Income Executions: 15

Total Evictions: 7 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH: 

February 6th , 2019: NARCO conducted a search warrant at a Town of Seneca Falls residence that resulted in suspects being charged for allegedly possessing and selling “crack” cocaine in Seneca County. 

February 13th, 2019: A lengthy child sex abuse case in the Town of Tyre culminated with the arrest of a subject on several major felonies for allegedly molesting a child under 11 years old.

February 13th, 2019: NARCO charged a suspect for allegedly selling and possessing heroin in Waterloo.

February 16th, 2019: Seneca County’s Social Host Law was utilized at an underage drinking party in the Town of Waterloo.

February 27th, 2019: An investigation into Elder Abuse in the Town of Varick resulted in a subject being charged with felony assault and maltreatment of a vulnerable adult. 

 

Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Undersheriff John Cleere