About the Sheriff's Office
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A continued focus on improving our service to Monroe County
Frequently asked questions about the Sheriff's Office
Learn more about this special non-profit organization
A memorial tribute to those officers who have fallen in the line of duty
A look back at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office's leadership
And don’t forget: you can help fight crime! If you, or someone you know, has any information about criminal activity, we ask that you help by sending us an e-mail message. The messages will be reviewed by a deputy during normal business hours. In an emergency please call 911 directly.
Rest assured that all information associated with your address will be treated as strictly confidential. If the information pertains to an investigation by another police agency we will forward the information directly to that department. Please include as much information as possible.
Please email your message to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
“Excellence through Exceptional Service”
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is committed to securing a safe community and maintaining the trust and respect of those we serve by providing exemplary law enforcement and correctional services.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office achieves excellence in service and operations by anticipating and responding to the ever-changing needs of our community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Monroe County Sheriff's Office located?
Sheriff's Headquarters is located in the Monroe County Public Safety Building on the Civic Center Plaza, 130 South Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, New York 14614. Our phone number is (585) 753-4178.
Zone A substation is located in the Town of Pittsford at 789 Linden Avenue. Phone: (585) 753-4370
Zone B substation is located in the Town of Henrietta at 245 Summit Point Drive. Phone: (585) 753-4400
Zone C substation is located in the Town of Ogden at 2330 Union Street. Phone: (585) 753-4470
What zone am I in?
Click here to find out which zone you live in.
What number do I call in case of an emergency?
Does the Sheriff's Office offer fingerprinting services?
Fingerprinting services are available for all County residents for employment and pistol permit applications at the Sheriff's Central Records Unit. Fingerprinting services are available Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee for fingerprints.
How do I obtain a pistol permit?
Applications for pistol permits are only available through the Monroe County Clerk's Office at 39 West Main Street, Rochester, New York 14614. Visit the Monroe County Clerk's Office for more information.
If I receive calls from solicitors requesting donations for various police related associations. Are these legitimate? Should I donate?
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office does not solicit over the telephone. Calls for other law enforcement agencies are generally done by telemarketing firms. If you decide to contribute to any of the organizations, always ask for the name, address and telephone number so that you may call back after careful consideration.
Donations may be made to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office through the Monroe County Sheriff's Foundation. Founded in 1991, the Monroe County Sheriff's Foundation, a non-profit organization, funds special Sheriff's Office projects, education and programs that cannot be realized with county funding alone.
For more information on the Monroe County Sheriff’s Foundation, click here.
How do I formally recognize or make a complaint concerning an employee of the Sheriff's Office?
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is recognized as one of the finest in the nation. Continual feedback from the citizens it serves is vital to improving all aspects of the Sheriff's Office. We encourage your comments and suggestions.
To formally recognize an employee you may contact his/her Supervisor or Command Officer by telephone at (585) 753-4178. You may write the Sheriff or Undersheriff directly.
You may file a complaint at any time by calling (585) 753-4178 or 911 and request a Sheriff's Supervisor or Command Officer contact you at your location. You may contact Internal affairs by calling (585) 753-4519, Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm. You may also write the Sheriff, Undersheriff or Internal Affairs directly.
Monroe County Sheriff's Office - Internal Affairs
Monroe County Public Safety Building, 130 S. Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14614, 6th Floor
- Click here to view Internal Affairs Statistics
M.C.S.O - Sheriff's Administration
Monroe County Public Safety Building, 130 S. Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14614, 6th Floor
MCSO Sheriff's Foundation
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Foundation was established in 1991 by then, Undersheriff Patrick O'Flynn, Sheriff Andrew P. Meloni and a group of local area business leaders. The intent of this organization is simple: to provide support for special Sheriff’s Office projects and equipment that cannot be funded by county tax dollars alone. The Foundation provides additional funding for programs and services that directly affect the safety and well-being of our community.
Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible and have been used to support many worthwhile programs such as Sheriff’s Explorers, DARE, Sheriff’s Summer Camp and Minority Achievers Program Scholarships. Tax-deductible donations have also helped fund equipment purchases such as a video enhancement system used by the Criminal Investigation Section, Hazardous Devices robot equipment, road spikes, medical supply kits to outfit all road patrol vehicles and sound system, display boards and public relations materials for the Community Services Unit. The Foundation has also been instrumental in funding this MCSO expanded Web site.
Donations to the Foundation allow county residents to become partners with law enforcement. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Foundation and mailed to:
Monroe County Sheriff’s Foundation
Our Memorial Tributes
This section is dedicated to the memory of the Deputies who have given their lives in the line of duty. They protected our dreams; together, we will protect their memories and preserve their stories.
Simon J. Bermingham, Deputy Sheriff 1912
William Marshall, Deputy Sheriff 1946
George A. Conway, Undersheriff 1965
John Pullano, Deputy Sheriff 1957
Francis E. Dombrowski, Deputy Sheriff 1970
Robert M. Skelton, Jr., Sergeant 1972
Peter J. Rotolo, Sergeant 1974
Catherine M. Crawford, Corporal 1995
A brief history of the Sheriff’s Office
(See Sheriff Cars throughout the years - Photo archives)
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office was formed in 1821 with the appointment of Brockport merchant James Seymour as the first Sheriff. Seymour served a one-year term and was succeeded by John T. Patterson, who served from 1822 to 1825. In 1825 James Seymour would return to office, this time as the elected Sheriff. The three-year term of office would continue until 1980, at which time it was changed to a four-year term.
Numerous other distinguished citizens have served as Sheriff of Monroe County. Ezra M. Parsons, elected Sheriff in 1831, later became a prominent banker. At age 30, Elias Pond was the youngest Sheriff ever elected.
Sheriff Darius Perrin, a former Postmaster, carried out the first death sentence in Monroe County. Perrin had the unenviable task of hanging a convicted murderer. He is the only Sheriff to conduct two executions during his tenure. In the late 1800s five other executions were carried out by Monroe County Sheriffs before the task of executions was turned over to the New York State prison system in 1888. The state adopted electrocution at that time.
Hiram Sibley served as Sheriff from 1843 to 1846 and would later become one of the wealthiest people in the nation.
In 1908, Sheriff Willis K. Gillette was the first to put a sedan automobile on the road patrol.
Harley E. Hamil
Sheriff Harley E. Hamil experienced one of the most violent days in the history of the department when Deputy Simon J. Bermingham was killed by gunfire. Three other deputies were wounded in their attempt to arrest a suspect who had killed his father earlier in the day. Sheriff Hamil narrowly escaped death himself while trying to remove the body of Deputy Bermingham. The suspect was apprehended and was electrocuted at Auburn Prison 15 months after the murders of his father and Deputy Bermingham.
In 1922, Franklin W. Judson was elected Sheriff. A former New York State Assemblyman recalls that the Sheriff had three patrol cars for the whole county: one for east of the Genesee River, one for the west of the river and one for the Sheriff. Speeding became a major problem in the county and Judson was the first Sheriff to utilize motorcycles.
Albert H. Baker
Albert H. Baker, elected in 1925, brought many innovations to the department including the appointment of the first Chief Deputy, initiation of day and night patrols, and fingerprinting and photographing of all inmates.
Albert W. Skinner
Albert W. Skinner was elected Sheriff for the first of his 12 terms of office in 1938. Sheriff Skinner created the mounted patrol, bomb squad, and airport division. Perhaps one of the most trying times for Sheriff Skinner came in September of 1971, when he and a detachment of more than 40 deputies went to Attica Correctional Facility during the famous uprising that resulted in the deaths of many inmates and prison personnel.
Sheriff Skinner's incredible career came to an end in 1973 with the election of William Lombard as Sheriff. On October 27, 1975, Sheriff Skinner passed away at the age of 81. The man who defeated Skinner in 1974, William Lombard, was a former New York State Trooper and Rochester City Police Chief.
Upon his election, Sheriff Lombard instituted a series of changes that affected the department for decades to come. For the first time, deputies were dispersed into three substations or zones to quicken response time. He was the first Sheriff to utilize part-time deputies to patrol the parks, waterways and airport. Lombard began the first Trainee Program directed at area college criminal justice students. To combat drunk driving, Lombard began the Sheriff's Tactical Accident Reduction Unit.
Andrew P. Meloni
In 1980 Andrew P. Meloni was elected Sheriff. He had previously served in the department for 18 years in a variety of positions including Undersheriff. Taking office in 1980, Meloni was faced with an inmate population of 289 that swelled to 872 in just 10 years, and he embarked on an ambitious program of jail expansion.
In the course of his career as Sheriff, two crimes will forever be etched in his mind. On June 26, 1990, there was a $10.8 million armored car robbery in the Town of Henrietta. To date no arrests have been made. The second crime took place on May 23, 1994, when the disappearance of a blond-haired, 4-year-old girl named Kali Ann Poulton touched off the largest investigative force in the history of the county. The case was solved with the discovery of the body of the little girl and the arrest of a neighbor.