ROAD PATROL DIVISION
One of the many required duties of the Sheriff is to act as the “conservator of the peace within the county” as articulated by Section 650 or the New York State County Law. To comply with this mandate, the Sheriff maintains a law enforcement component to protect the lives and property of the people of Chautauqua County and to provide public service, as requested. The Patrol Division is the largest and most visible part of this component. The primary responsibility of the Patrol Division is to provide continuous proactive patrols throughout the 1,069 square miles of the county. During the course of providing the deterrent presence afforded by these patrols, deputies are engaged in a multitude of various duties during their normal shifts. These include responding to public requests for assistance, the detection and investigation of crimes and offenses and arrest of violators, traffic safety and enforcement, accident investigation, the transport of prisoners and lending assistance to other law enforcement and public safety agencies. In addition to these tasks, specialized law enforcement services, including SWAT, Dive/Rescue, bomb disposal, fire investigation, forensic investigations, crisis negotiation, accident reconstruction, K-9 and DWI enforcement are provided by members of the Patrol Division. In most cases, these are collateral duties performed by patrol deputies in addition to their primary duties.