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Monroe County Sheriff

The Sheriff acts as an officer of the court and conservator of the peace within the county. The Sheriff's duties include:(1) To manage the County jail and to provide for the care and custody of persons committed to his or her custody by competent courts or by intergovernmental agreement.(2) To provide police services within the County, with the approval of the County Legislature.(3) To perform the civil duties specified in applicable law.(4) To perform such other duties as may be set forth in the Administrative Code, and as may be required by other laws.The Sheriff oversees multiple bureaus, including: Police, Jail, Civil, Court Security and Staff Services, which provide authorized services to the citizens of the County, including the City of Rochester.
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    Todd Baxter (Dem) Candidate for Monroe County Sheriff

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    Patrick M. O'Flynn (Rep, Con, Ind, Rfm) Monroe County Sheriff

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What do you see as the biggest issue for the Sheriff's office and how would you address it?

How will you ensure that Sheriff’s deputies treat all fairly while enforcing laws?

Campaign Phone (585) 232-2410
Profession Law Enforcement US Army
In 30 years as a law enforcement professional, I have learned an important truth: there is no place for politics in policing. When I was asked to take over the leadership of the Greece Police Department, I took the helm of a department that was one of the most dysfunctional in the nation. I walked into a community that had lost faith in its police department and found many lives that had been destroyed as a result of that dysfunction. This is why I announced my 6-point plan to ensure politics does not interfere with the Sheriff’s Office from the start:

1. The Sheriff will not endorse candidates for elected office 2. The Sheriff will not appear in political ads for other candidates 3. The Sheriff will not donate to candidates 4. The Sheriff will not accept donations from monetary county political parties 5. The Sheriff will not accept donations from appointed staff 6. The Sheriff will not allow appointed staff to serve on political committees
A positive culture of an organization is often self evident. You can hear it at the water cooler when groups refer to each other within or outside the organization as us and we. They do not spend a lot of time on negative talk about us versus them. A positive cultural tone has an impact on the way people speak to one another, how problems are solved, and trust between deputies and the community. A positive culture is essential to the success of the mission, whatever that may be. Most often, the more positive the people implementing the mission are the better implementation it is. This equals trust building. So how do I improve culture and ensure that Sheriff’s deputies treat all fairly while enforcing laws? A positive culture develops based on shared values and examples of servant leadership and a servant attitude. I will lead and set the example. I will ensure each employee has a willingness to engage with each other and with the community; not an us versus them attitude, but a we environment. The Golden Rule between employees and between employees and the community will be the expectation.
Campaign Phone (585) 441-0574
Profession Monroe County Sheriff (2001-Present)
As Sheriff for the last 16 years, I have made our community’s safety my top priority. Together, we have worked diligently to reduce crime and I'm proud to say the crime rate in Monroe County has continued its downward trend - down 41% since 2004. I have made it a priority to look out for the most vulnerable among us – especially our seniors. My office provides a full range of safety and crime prevention programs for seniors on issues such as fraud, home security, and personal protection. Additionally, we are working diligently to combat the opioid epidemic. This is a community issue, which is why it is going to take a community solution to fix the damage being done by these devastating drugs. Long over are the days where law enforcement, treatments agencies, educational partners, and public health experts operate in silos. There is not one individual solution to this problem, which is why we have taken a collaborative approach with several stakeholders to put forth our best team effort
I am very proud of the hard working men and women who make up the ranks of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. They perform one of the most difficult jobs in the world and do so with the utmost professionalism. As the only agency in New York State to receive both national and statewide accreditation, we have built a reputation of being the most professional law enforcement agency in the State. We achieve excellence in service and operations by anticipating and responding to the ever-changing needs of our community. That means training our deputies using best practices when it comes to interacting with different aspects of the community including those who may be on the autism spectrum, the deaf and hard-of-hearing, emotionally disturbed individuals, and people or different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds.

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