E-911 Texting

Seneca County E-911

August 19, 2019


Seneca County begins accepting Text-to-911

The Seneca County 911 Center is now accepting text messages in the case of an emergency when calling is not possible.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are all delivering text messages to 911. Customers can now send a text with up to 140 characters to 911 in an emergency.

“Text messaging will allow us to better serve our vulnerable populations, hearing and speech impaired, those who have limited English proficiency, and those that are in a situation where it would be dangerous to speak” said Emergency Management Director, Melissa Taylor.

“Call when you can, text when you can’t.” is the slogan being used for this new service.

“While the benefits of Text-to-911 are significant, voice calls are still the fastest and most efficient way to reach 911” said 911 Operations Manager, Brandi Godley.

How to send a Text-to-911:

Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” or “Recipient” field;

Text messages to 911 should be short, include the location of the emergency, and ask for police, fire or ambulance.

Push the “Send” button.

Answer questions and follow instructions from the 911 call taker.

Text in simple words – no abbreviations or slang.

If necessary, when silence is important, make sure your phone is on vibrate or silent so that the return text sound, or other phone alerts, are not heard.

Provisions of the Text-to-911 service:

A text or data plan is required to place a Text-to-911

As with all text messages, messages to 911 may take longer to receive, may get out of order, or may not be received at all.

If you do not receive a text response from 911, attempt a voice call to 911. Even if you cannot speak, the dispatcher may still be able to send help, provided the dispatcher can obtain a valid address.

Photos and videos cannot be sent to 911.

Text-to-911 cannot include more than one person; do not include other contacts on your emergency text.

Press Release

On 06/28/2019 Adam T Bowen, age 25, of Geneva N.Y. was charged by the Geneva Police Department for:


Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree &

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree


Bowen is a Corrections Officer at the Seneca County Correctional Facility. He has been employed there since July 2015.


On June 11th, 2019 the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office initiated an internal investigation into certain activities and conduct of this Officer. The law prevents any details of this investigation from being released. At this same time the Geneva Police Department was conducting a Criminal Investigation involving Bowen.


Internal Investigations are conducted by our Professional Conduct Unit and are separate from the Criminal Investigation. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office were detailed to assist Geneva Police Department with their investigation.


On 06/28/2019 at 7:00 AM. Bowen was taken into custody at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff’s Investigators. He was immediately suspended without pay at which time he immediately resigned. He was then transported to the Geneva Police Department and turned over to their detectives.


It is a sad day when you have to investigate your own people but a necessary part of maintaining a transparent and credible Office. Adam Bowen is innocent until proven guilty but at the very least he appears to have committed acts that are a betrayal to the Sheriff’s Office and his sister and brother Corrections Officers.


It is with a saddened heart that I make this report. It’s a black eye to all of law enforcement and that’s what is most upsetting. Our goal is to make the Sheriff’s office a safe and fair place to work for everyone. We expect everyone here to follow the law. My hopes are that the public will continue to have confidence and trust in all enforcement in our area as do I.

.I would like to thank the Geneva Police Department, Chief Passalaqua and his team for their excellent and thorough investigation of this matter.


This case remains open and active. Anyone with information is requested to contact: the Geneva Police Department or the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.


Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Boater Advisory

Sheriffs’ Marine patrols reporting that with the heavy rains this week combined with today’s downpour many creeks and gulley’s that empty into the Seneca and Cayuga Lakes have washed assorted debris into the lakes, and they can be a floating hazard to navigation. Boaters are cautioned to be observant of floating tree limbs, branches, logs, misc. debris in the water.

A reminder that it’s the NYS Navigation Law on Cayuga and Seneca Lake to be no more than 5 mph boating within 100 feet of shore. Any hidden obstructions will likely be inside those distances.


Travel Advisory

“The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office along with the Seneca County Office of Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory for Seneca County until 6pm tonight. Seneca County is currently under a Flash Flood Watch. Please use caution when traveling throughout the county due to flooded roadways. If you come across a flooded roadway, do NOT attempt to drive through it. Vehicles can float with a very insignificant amount of water. Remember the phrase, “turn around, don’t drown”. “


Marine Patrol School

Seneca County Sheriff Timothy Luce is pleased to announce that his office has recently hosted a Marine Law Enforcement Training, held on June 10-12, 2019.


Instructors from Marine Services Bureau, a division of New York state Parks, came to Seneca County at the Sheriffs request.The Marine Services Unit gave instruction to Deputies and Officers from the Seneca County, Ontario County, Cayuga County and Steuben County Sheriff’s Offices as well as Officers from the New York State Park police. Members received classroom instruction in New York State Marine Law and its enforcement at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center and practical Vessel operations were conducted on Seneca Lake and the Cayuga Seneca canal.

Applicant Academy

Have you ever wanted a career in law enforcement?


Do you know how to start a career in law enforcement?


Do you have questions about a career in law enforcement?


Your opportunity starts now.



The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce our very first Applicant Academy. By attending the Applicant Academy, you will interact with Correction Officers and Deputy Sheriffs who will explain the process of starting your career in this exciting field.


When:             Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 9am


Where:           Seneca County Sheriff’s Office (Law Enforcement Center)

                        6150 Route 96

                        Romulus, NY 14541



Topics include, but are not limited to:


Civil Service Examination explanation and hiring procedure


Physical Fitness standards


What to expect at the Academy


Explanation of the Background Investigation process


Explanation of the day to day job


Tour of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office/Law Enforcement Center


Explanation of the Retirement System


Explanation of the pay and benefits package




To register, please contact Danielle Thompson by phone at (315) 220-3403. All attendees must be eighteen (18) years of age at the time of the Applicant Academy.

Seneca and Cayuga County Sheriffs Collaborate










Media Release – Cayuga Lake Navigation Patrol

June 10th, 2019

For Immediate Release



Seneca and Cayuga County Sheriffs Collaborate


This year the Seneca and Cayuga County Sheriff’s Offices have partnered to enhance Navigation Patrols on Cayuga Lake. Working together, both agencies have collaborated to share and create patrol schedules that will allow for maximum coverage without duplication of services.

Members of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office are also partnering with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office to attend upcoming navigation training sponsored by Seneca County.


“Working together, we can provide additional patrol coverage on Cayuga Lake this boating season by avoiding duplication and working to provide patrols during time frames that would not have otherwise been covered. This partnership will not only improve safety for those on the lake, it will be positive from a fiscal standpoint for both agencies as well, as we work to better utilize our resources together.” – Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck

“It is a great pleasure to work with the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office. I believe this collaboration between the two Sheriff’s Offices will create a much safer and pleasurable experience for all who enjoy Cayuga Lake this year.” – Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce


Questions or comments can be directed to:

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce – 315-220-3401 or email at Tluce@co.seneca.ny.us

Contact Seneca County Lieutenant Mike Schell for scheduling of boats – 315-220-3407.


Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck – 315-253-4337 or email at Sheriff@cayugacounty.us

Contact Cayuga County Lieutenant Mike Wellauer for scheduling of boats – 315-253-4337.



           For Immediate Release                                                                   

Date: May 5, 2019

Contact Information: Sheriff W. Timothy Luce

Phone Number: 315-220-3401


Seneca County to Participate in Statewide STOP-DWI


Crackdown Enforcement Effort


STOP-DWI Impaired Driving Crackdown runs May 24 – 28, 2019

Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce announced today that Police County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving.


The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start on May 24, 2019 and will end on May 28, 2019. Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year and marks the official start of summer. New York State Police, County Sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of impaired driving-related injuries and deaths.


The STOP-DWI Memorial Day Weekend Crackdown is one of many statewide enforcement initiatives promoted by STOP-DWI NY and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets the 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Holiday Season, Super Bowl weekend and St. Patrick’s Day.


Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.


You can help to make a difference by Having a Sober Plan! Download our mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you will always be able to find a safe ride home www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp Impaired driving is completely preventable. All it takes is a little planning.


New York State Sheriff’s Summer Camp Fund Drive



The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Seneca County within the next ten days according to Sheriff Timothy Luce.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979. It is a not-for-profit corporation, tax exempt organization, and contributions to the Institute are tax deductible.


While the Sheriff’s Office is a unit of county government, many of the concerns of Sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies are best addressed on a statewide level. The Sheriffs’ Institute provides centralized training programs and services for all Sheriffs’ Offices, where those programs and services would be unavailable or impractical on a single county basis.


The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children. The Sheriffs’ Camp, in its 42nd year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York State attend each summer. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation. Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.


The Sheriffs’ Camp program combines summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper to counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self esteem.


“In these difficult economic times we cannot forget our youth who will not have the opportunity for a summer camp experience or a summer vacation,” Sheriff Timothy Luce said. “By becoming an honorary member you are supporting the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged children.”


In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Programs. This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.


For more information about the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp and other Sheriffs’ Institute Programs, visit our website, www.sheriffsinstitute.org or simply google “Sheriffs’ Institute kids” and it will be your first option.


Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Invitations for Honorary Membership are extended on a non-partisan basis, and the invitees are selected at random. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail, or visit our web site at: www.sheriffsinstitute.org to download an application.


All donations made to the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute are tax deductible. In addition, Sheriffs’ Institute is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau.


Seneca County Sheriff Luce has set a travel advisory for Seneca County to last until Midnight tonight.  The roads are snow covered and slippery but passable at this time. Winds will pick up later causing drifting with freezing rain around 3:00 P.M. The Sheriff asks for no unnecessary travel until Wednesday morning.  Please remember if you have to travel to make sure your vehicle is in good repair and you have extra clothing and emergency supplies in case you get stuck or break down. Deputies and highway workers will continue to monitor the road conditions and update when needed.