The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous complaints of speeding boats on the Canal in Seneca County. The Sheriff would like to remind everyone the maximum permissible speed on narrow canals is 5mph. But practically speaking, if you’re creating a breaking wave or the wash from your boat is hitting the bank, you’re driving too fast. You are responsible for your wake and can cause damage to docked boats and the shore line. Thank You and lets have a safe and fun rest of the boating season.

High Water Advisory

Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce has issued a high water advisory for Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake. The high water advisory includes a “no wake zone” within 500 feet of shore when traveling on the lake. Also the Seneca  County Sheriff Luce  advises to be aware of floating debris in the water. The high water advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Travel Advisory Update

Sheriff Timothy Luce is issuing a no unnecessary travel Advisory in Seneca County. It is recommended that citizens do not engage in unnecessary travel. Roads in Seneca County are open but are snow covered and slipper. Citizens are advised to drive slowly and allow extra time to travel if need be. Deputies are continuing to monitor the roadways and check for stranded motorists off the road or in the ditch. This no unnecessary travel advisory will remain in place until 9:00 A.M. Saturday 2/8/2020.

Also See the attached explanation of Seneca County Travel orders.

Seneca County Emergency Travel Restrictions

The first two restrictions can be issued by the County Sheriff or Emergency Management Director to warn the public of hazardous road conditions. (1) Travel Advisory; caution is advised since hazardous conditions could be encountered. (2) No Unnecessary Travel; Hazardous driving conditions exist and o unnecessary travel is recommended. This restriction is not mandatory and is left to the traveling public to decide their comfort zone on the roadways, however, if it is essential to travel, do so with caution in considering the changing weather conditions. The next two can be enacted by the following. The Sheriff may close the roads by declaring a State of Special Emergency under General Municipal Law (209-F), or the Chairman of the legislative board declares a State Of Emergency under Executive Law Article 2B when conditions are so hazardous they could threaten life and/ or property. (3) Road closed Except for Essential Travel; travel is limited to medical personnel, Fire, Law Enforcement, Emergency services and personnel essential to the emergency and those on their way to and from performing essential acts associated with the preservation of life and/or property. (4) Roads Closed Except for Emergency Travel; Travel is limited to emergency vehicles or vehicles on their way to and from performing emergency acts associated with the preservation of life and/or property.

Travel Advisory

Seneca County Sheriff W. Timothy Luce would like to advise the residence of Seneca County of the severity of the impending storm starting this morning and continuing into Saturday. Snow fall is expected to fall at a rate of 2-3 inches of snow per hour for a period of 4-6 hours. Roads will become snow covered and slippery throughout the day.

A travel advisory will be placed in effect from 7:00 A.M. today until 9:00 A.M. Saturday. The roads will be snow covered and slippery but passable with caution.

If you do not have to travel that is advised so plows can continue to clear the roads unobstucted.

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.