Monroe County Sheriff's Office

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says it will be restricting access to its facilities including the jail as part of efforts to guard against the coronavirus.

Sheriff Todd Baxter canceled Monroe County Jail inmate visitations and non-essential service related to contact visits until further notice.

Also, effective immediately, the Monroe County Public Safety Building and MCSO Zone substations are closed to non-essential business.

The sheriff’s office will continue to monitor the situation and coordinate with the county health department.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

An 8-week-old female red bloodhound will help the Monroe County Sheriff's Office track lost or missing people.

The Sheriff's Office said the puppy, named Peak, is the first bloodhound K-9 in recent history.

“Bloodhounds do one thing better than any other creature -- find people who are lost, missing or hiding,” Sheriff Todd Baxter said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome Peak to our trained team of deputies, using her highly active energy and intelligence, coupled with her keen sense of smell, to assist MCSO in cases of missing persons and search and rescue.”

Monroe County's top cops shun 'annoyance law'

Dec 4, 2019
James Brown / WXXI

A trio of Monroe County's most visible law enforcement officers -- the county sheriff, Rochester's police chief, and the city's police union president -- on Wednesday decried a new county law outlawing intentionally annoying an officer or other first responder.


Noelle E. C. Evans / WXXI News

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies are stepping up their presence at the Rush-Henrietta Central School District after multiple online threats were made against the middle and high schools.

Paul DeLella, a captain with the Sheriff’s Office, said the threats began the third day of the school year on Sept. 5. The first incident was not deemed to be an actual threat, and that investigation is closed. However, two more remain open.

“Since these investigations began, the Sheriff’s Office has provided additional patrols to the schools and the district,” DeLella said.