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QUARTERLY REPORT: Seneca County Sheriff’s Office boosts security, increases patrols around select sites

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  • Staff Report 

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office has implemented several new security measures and enhancements during the first quarter of 2024, under the leadership of Sheriff Timothy J. Thompson Jr. and Undersheriff Melinda A. Marquart. Among the notable changes were the addition of polygraph examinations and enhanced psychological exams for Deputy Sheriff candidates, aimed at bolstering the integrity and effectiveness of the force.

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In an effort to continue building community engagement and service, the department also extended its Pistol Permit Unit hours to include Saturdays and launched the first “Coffee with Your Sheriff’s Office” event, fostering better communication between law enforcement and residents. Additionally, the corrections division faced challenges due to staffing, necessitating the transfer of all female incarcerated individuals to other facilities, with a total of 138 individuals committed in the quarter.

The sheriff’s office also focused on enhancing traffic safety and drug enforcement. Three new RADAR units and a license plate reader were deployed to boost traffic monitoring, alongside increased patrols around places of worship. The narcotics unit was particularly active, with several new cases leading to significant drug seizures and arrests, reflecting the department’s ongoing commitment to combating drug-related issues in the community.