Located in the heart of the Genesee Valley, Livingston County
is 15 minutes south of the New York State Thruway Exit 46. Livingston County
is a rural county comprised of 9 villages and 17 towns and consists of 638
square miles with a population of 67,000.
Letchworth State Park, two finger lakes and 24 waterways, including New York State's oldest fish hatchery are located in Livingston County. County highlights and events include the Genesee Valley Hunt established in 1876, hot air ballooning that attracts 100,000 visitors over the Labor Day weekend in Dansville and an annual air show hosted by the Historical Aircraft Group. Livingston County claims credit as the birthplace of Francis Bellamy who authored the Pledge of Allegiance To The Flag and the site where Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office located at 4 Court Street, Geneseo, New York, is the principal law enforcement agency in Livingston County. The Sheriff's Office is staffed by 160 full-time and part-time employees. 72 police services personnel perform law enforcement duties for the Sheriff's Office which responds to more than 34,000 calls per year. 52 personnel staff the Livingston County Jail and County Court. 21 serve in the E911 Center and there are 11 civilian employees.
Sheriff John M. York was elected to office in 1989, having served 21 years with the agency prior to his election. James Szczesniak was appointed Undersheriff in 2010 following 24 years service as a Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, Investigator and Major, Criminal Investigation Division. Major Christopher Smith heads the Road Patrol Division, Major James Rose the Corrections Division and Major Matthew Burgess the Criminal Investigation Division.
The E911 Center located on the second floor of the Sheriff's Office handles all dispatch operations for Livingston County exclusive of the Village of Dansville for fire, police, ambulance and advanced life support services.
Livingston County is divided into 4 patrol zones. Each shift consists of a minimum of two dispatchers in addition to patrol deputies and supervisory personnel. Additional Deputies are assigned STOP-DWI duties. Investigators, ID Technical personnel and Civil personnel compliment police services. Specialized Units include a Marine Patrol on Conesus Lake, Dive Team, Mounted Patrol, Emergency Response Team and Community Policing Unit. Three Deputies are assigned as School Resource Officers in the Keshequa, York and Livonia School Districts.
The Sheriff is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Livingston County with the primary responsibility to ensure the safety and security of the residents of the County. The Sheriff provides police services, court security, civil process, community service and emergency communications.
The Sheriff's Office Records Division processes all complaints, cases, incidents, arrests, traffic citations and related paperwork. The Records Division provides, upon request, copies of police reports to eligible requestors, provides local records checks to persons seeking employment or entering the armed forces and expedites reporting requirements to New York State.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office has been granted accreditated agency status for police services by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program and accreditated agency status for its jail and civil division by the New York State Sheriff's Association Institute, Inc. The Sheriff's Office has applied for accreditation assessment review for its E911 Center.
These titles include both full-time and part-time positions.
All candidates for positions at the Livingston County Sheriff's Office must submit an employment application which is available at the Sheriff's Office, 4 Court Street, Geneseo, NY 14454, 585-243-7120.
Background Investigation Questionnaire
While special requirements vary for specific positions, all candidates must meet physical requirements established for each position, must not have been convicted of a felony, possess minimally a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma and pass a comprehensive background investigation.
Deputy Sheriff Road Patrol candidates must meet physical standards and physical agility requirements prescribed by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council. Candidates must not have any felony conviction, must possess a valid New York State driver license, must be eligible for a certificate of training issued by the Executive Director of the Municipal Police Training Council, and be a high school graduate or possess a General Equivalency Diploma.
County Sheriffs in New York State are responsible for the operation of a county jail. Inmates committed to the county jail are charged with or convicted of violations, misdemeanors and felonies to include homicide, rape, DWI, larceny, etc. The Sheriff must assure inmates are kept secure and properly cared for. Numerous rules and regulations as set forth by the New York State Correction Commission must be adhered to. These rules and regulations include contact visitation, continuing education and rehabilitation.
Corrections is a vital part of the criminal justice system. Persons interested in Corrections may contact the Livingston County Personnel Office or the Sheriff's Office.
Civil Service Requirements Are Met
Candidates for Corrections Officer must meet medical and physical standards commensurate with the position. Per the New York State Criminal Procedure Law, Corrections Officers are Peace Officers and must be qualified to hold this position. Permanent appointment as a Corrections Officer is contingent upon satisfactory completion of training standards prescribed by the New York State Department of Corrections.
Candidates for Corrections Officer must possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma and not have any felony convictions.
The Sheriff's Office is the emergency communications center for Livingston County, dispatching Sheriff's Deputies, State Police, Environmental Conservation Police, Park Police, Village Police, fire services, ambulance services and advanced life support services 24 hours each day, 7 days each week, 365 days each year. Constant contact is maintained by the E911 Center and the emergency services personnel they dispatch.
Civilian Dispatchers must satisfactorily complete an intense period of field training, a basic communicators course prescribed by the Municipal Police Training Council, Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certification and the Advanced Communicator Course.