The Highway Patrol is comprised of the following:
The Law Enforcement Division is a New York State Accredited agency. This means that the division has to meet or exceed 144 standards set by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The Law Enforcement Division continues to remain in compliance with these standards.
The Patrol Division is the primary law enforcement for 48% of the residents of Broome County. It serves as the primary backup to 5 municipal agencies within the county. The Patrol Division is responsible for patrolling 1008 miles of state highways, 350 miles of county roads and 927 miles of town roads, 24 hours a day. The Patrol Division travels approximately 549,383 miles using county owned vehicles.
In the year 2014 the patrol division handled approximately 19,300 complaints and 8,668 deputy generated quick calls which includes vehicle stops.
Our K-9 unit consists of 1 German Shepherds and 2 Dutch Shepards, one of which is trained to detect explosive devices and two of which are trained to detect narcotics. The unit has been instrumental in many arrests for our agency as well as assisting other departments in and out of our county. They also perform demonstrations at community events and routinely assist school officials in providing a safe environment for their students.
Our motorcycle unit consists of two Harley Davidson FLHPI Road Kings. This unit provides selective coverage in situations where a patrol unit is not appropriate. It is also used for regular patrol, weather permitting and used extensively for special events, such as parades. Motorcycle operators have completed a certified course operated by Harley Davidson and Northwestern University.
The Marine Patrol for the Broome County Sheriff's Office now consists of three units that are utilized for water patrols and water rescues. Deputies are trained in the use of these watercraft and some have received specialized training.
Our Patrol Division is also very active in various State and Federally Funded Programs such as Stop D.W.I., Community Policing, GIVE Initiative, Aggressive Driving Grant, Safe Child Car Seat Program, Child Identification cards, and Anti-Theft Programs.