Within the OCSO, as a component of the Law Enforcement Bureau, there is established the Road Patrol Division. Members assigned to this component are supervised by a Sergeant who, in turn, reports to the Undersheriff and, through the chain of command, to the Sheriff.
Responsibilities of those members assigned to the Road Patrol Division shall include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Preventive patrol - This activity begins with the officer's mere presence in a marked vehicle in an area; however, in order to be truly effective, must include appropriate inquiry and inspection activity as well. A thorough knowledge of one's patrol sector, along with constant vigilance for the potential violations of public order and the curiosity to determine the reasons for unusual activity, will contribute greatly to the prevention of crimes and accidents.
2. Crime prevention activities - Through regular contact with the public, members will become aware of situations which may have the potential for, or appear to encourage criminal activity. The road patrol officer is in an excellent position to educate the citizen and to enlist his aid in the prevention of crime.
3. Response to called-for services - Because officers are in constant radio contact with the 9-1-1 Center while in an on duty status, they are in a position to respond with appropriate speed to a call for service.
4. Traffic Enforcement - An integral part of keeping our streets and highways safe is the vigiliant enforcement of the Vehicle and Traffic laws of the State of New York. It is through reasonable and proper enforcement of these laws that a great many lives are saved every year nationwide. This includes special programs like Stop DWI and the STEPP Program in addition to routine patrols.
5. First Responders - All members of the Sheriff's Office Road Patrol are trained in CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED - sometimes known as a Public Access Defibrillator or PAD). These skills are all to frequently put to use; the American Red Cross estimates that 220,000 Americans died from cardiac arrest last year and that nearly a quarter of these (50,000) may have been able to be saved with a combination of early CPR and early use of an AED. The sooner these life saving techniques are used, the greater the chances for survival.