Full Search of the Correctional Facility

On Thursday, May 2, 2024, members of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office conducted a full search of the Seneca County Correctional Facility in an effort to promote safety and security. The search was conducted by Correction Officers with support from both Seneca County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Units and an additional K-9 Unit from the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office. As a result of the extensive search, no illegal contraband was found within the facility or in the possession of any Incarcerated Individuals.

Sheriff Thompson stated, “I credit our Correction Officers for their hard work and determination in keeping illegal contraband out of the Correctional Facility. We will be conducting these searches regularly in the future to keep our Correction Officers, Civilian Staff, and Incarcerated Individuals safe while they are here. There will be zero tolerance for illegal contraband.”

Church Leadership Safety Meeting

On April 25, 2024, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office hosted a meeting with the church leadership across Seneca County. This meeting was designed to improve the safety and security at houses of worship. The event was very well attended and was a collaboration of ideas between the various churches represented and law enforcement. Since January, Sheriff’s Deputies have increased patrols during services at places of worship and will continue to be visible during those times.

Sheriff Thompson remarked, “This meeting was a success and we look forward to continuing this into the future. I want to thank Deputy Jacobsen and Lieutenant Steuer for their expertise. I also want to thank the church leaders for taking the time to attend. We will continue to strive to make this community safer and we hope that this event contributes to that. We know that these are tough conversations, but we must be proactive in preventing tragedies.”

Deputy Sheriff Completes Advanced Training

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Deputy Sheriff John Babcock recently completed extensive training related to boating accidents and investigations. The training is overseen by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and is entitled Comprehensive Boating Incident Investigation Course. This course is a unique training opportunity and provides the students with a deep understanding of how to investigate boat accidents and assess damage. The course includes extensive material on boat electrical systems, boat fires/explosions, electric shock drowning, and a host of other topics.

Sheriff Thompson remarked, “This training enhances our ability to investigate boating incidents on our waterways and protect boaters. We appreciate Deputy Babcock’s commitment to this community and will continue to work diligently to enhance our Marine Patrol.”


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Ron E. Poore, age 40, of 734 Marston Road, Gardiner, Maine. Poore failed to appear in the Tyre Town Court as required on the charges of Robbery in the Third Degree (two counts), Attempted Robbery in the Third Degree, and two counts of Petit Larceny. There is currently a Bench Warrant issued out of the Tyre Town Court.

The charges stem from three separate incidents in March of 2024 where Poore allegedly robbed a female victim by force, robbed a convenience store by threatening the use of a firearm, and attempted to rob a male victim by force and the threat of physical harm. Poore was taken into custody following these three incidents and arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court. Poore was subsequently released on his own recognizance due to the New York State bail reform laws and was scheduled to return to the Tyre Town Court on April 10, 2024.

Poore has ties to the State of Maine, but has been frequenting Monroe County and Seneca County. If you see him, please contact law enforcement immediately. To contact the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, please call 315-539-9241 and speak with the on-duty Road Patrol Supervisor.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community not to take any action to detain Poore as he is to be considered potentially armed and dangerous. Sheriff Thompson added, “We want people to be safe and we ask you to contact law enforcement authorities to apprehend Mr. Poore. It is not worth putting yourself and others in harm’s way. We do not have any credible information to believe that he is in the area, but it is our goal to keep the community informed.”

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize the amazing work that the Seneca County E-911 Dispatchers do for this community. As we celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, we want our Dispatchers to know that they are appreciated. They are often the unsung heroes during emergencies and the first voice to those in need.

New York State Sheriff’s Institute Fundraiser

Join Seneca County Sheriff Tim Thompson in supporting the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute (NYSSI)! Your generous contributions help provide essential training for our officers, the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically disadvantaged kids in our county and offer scholarships for aspiring criminal justice students. Let’s make a difference together!

Please be on the lookout for the donation letter from the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute!

#NYSSI #SheriffsInstitute#SupportLawEnforcement

Pistol Permit Unit Information

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the community that the Pistol Permit Unit recently made an enhancement to its hours of operation. Pistol permit transactions may be handled Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm and now also includes Saturdays. The next open Saturday for the Pistol Permit Unit is April 20th if anyone would like to take advantage of this opportunity.

To make an appointment, feel free to contact the Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permit Unit Clerk Katie Anastasio by phone at (315) 220-3430 or by email at kanastasio@co.seneca.ny.us.


New Correction Officer

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office welcomed its newest employee, Correction Officer Ryan Borland, following a swearing-in ceremony on Friday, March 29, 2024, at the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus. Correction Officer Borland is the third Correction Officer hired since January 1st as the Sheriff’s Office continues to work to fill the ranks.

Sheriff Thompson remarked, “We welcome Officer Borland to the Sheriff’s Office and wish him a safe and rewarding career.”

Seneca County STOP-DWI Awards

On Friday, March 22, 2024, the Seneca County Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee came together to honor the top police officers in Seneca County with respect to impaired driving enforcement in 2023. In addition, Assistant Legislator Craig Pemberton, of New York State Senator Tom O’Mara’s office, and Chief of Staff Alexis Ogra, of New York State Assemblyman Jeff Gallahan’s office were in attendance to greet and honor the award winners.

The award winners were as follows:

New York State Police – Waterloo
Trooper Logan Fleming

Seneca Falls Police Department
Officer Devin Hathaway

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Travis Gantz

Waterloo Police Department
Officer Jacob Webb

New York State Police – Junius Ponds
Trooper Valerie Sgarlata

Police Agency of the Year
New York State Police – Waterloo

Seneca County Sheriff and STOP-DWI Coordinator Timothy J. Thompson, Jr. remarked, “I commend the brave men and women that work tirelessly to keep our roadways safe. I applaud them for their efforts and want them to know that they do make a difference.”

In the last few years, there has been a rise in impaired driving arrests in Seneca County. The Seneca County Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee would like to remind the community to make good choices when consuming alcohol or other substances that may impair their ability to drive a motor vehicle safely.

Picture 1: (L-R) Ms. Alexis Ogra, Mr. Craig Pemberton, Sgt. Sargent, and Trooper L. Fleming

Picture 2: (L-R) Ms. Alexis Ogra, Mr. Craig Pemberton, Chief Snyder, Officer Hathaway, and Sheriff Thompson

Picture 3: (L-R) Ms. Alexis Ogra, Mr. Craig Pemberton, Deputy Gantz, Undersheriff Marquart, and Sheriff Thompson

Picture 4: (L-R) Chief Chechak and Officer Webb

Picture 5: (L-R) Ms. Alexis Ogra, Mr. Criag Pemberton, Captain Haag, and Trooper Sgarlata

Sgt. Sahler Completes Supervisor Training

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that Sergeant Brian Sahler has recently completed the Course in Police Supervision at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Center. This three-week course is mandatory for all first-line police supervisors within one year of promotion and is governed by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. This training exposes the new police supervisors to legal issues, incident management, community relations, and a host of other topics. We wish Sergeant Sahler continued success in this leadership role.