Special Purpose Vehicle
The Sheriff's All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is
a special use motor vehicle designed to be used both on and off
road in situations
where the use of a normal patrol vehicle or a 4-wheel drive patrol
vehicle would not be practical. The ATVs were purchased, through
a $15,000 grant obtained through Senator John Bonacic in 2002, to
address several complaints of trespassing and criminal mischief
to property in areas where patrol cars could not enter.
One deputy sheriff is certified as an ATV instructor,
who in turn certified several other criminal division members as
operators. The team often partners with the NYS Dept. of Environmental
Conservation (DEC) and local Fire/Rescue agencies for search and rescue
missions. The team also educates youthful operators in the proper
operation of these special purpose vehicles.
Situations of use
1. During special events when additional vehicles are necessary or where special circumstances exist during the event.
2. To conduct surveillance or investigations where
travel to and from the location is impractical by other means of
3. During investigations or surveillance where the
suspects may also be utilizing a similar vehicle in an effort to resist
or hinder apprehension.
4. To effect any medical or other rescue operation as may be necessary.