Highway Patrol

Mission Statement

The mission of the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Highway Patrol Division is to preserve the rights of citizens and reduce fear in the community through the prevention of crime, protection of persons, property, and maintenance of order in public places; and to anticipate and respond to events that threaten public order and the protection of life and property. We will enforce all the laws for which we are responsible in a fair and impartial manner at all times.

Members must seek and preserve public confidence by demonstrating impartial service to law, and by offering service and trust to all members of the public. Members will respect and protect the rights of individuals and perform their services with honesty, courage, discretion, fidelity, and sound judgment. It is essential all members remember that in the execution of their duties they act not for themselves but for the good of the public.

We will work in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in order to maintain the appropriate level of enforcement. We will work in cooperation with community agencies and groups to promote understanding of, and confidence in, our law enforcement efforts.


The Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office is a "full-service" Law Enforcement Agency providing law enforcement services to residents and visitors in the county.

  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit
  • Crime Scene/Evidence Technician
  • Criminal Investigations Unit
  • Drug Task Force
  • Emergency Services Unit / Hostage / Crisis Negotiation Team
  • K-9 Unit (Patrol, Tracking, Arson, Explosives)
  • Marine Patrol Unit
  • Uniform Deputies

Our agency provides 24 hour, seven day a week law enforcement services to the 665 square miles encompassing Rensselaer County New York.