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Washington County Sheriff's Office Patch

Jeffrey J.  Murphy, Sheriff
John A. Winchell, Undersheriff

 399 Broadway, Fort Edward, New York 12828

Telephone (518) 746-2475

We take pride in ourselves, our profession and the citizens we serve. Working as a team, we stand by our philosophy - "Community First"



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The mission of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is to provide twenty-four hour coverage to both the residents of Washington County, and to those people who are traveling through our jurisdiction.  We are dedicated to serving and protecting the people within our boundaries.   The services that officers provide involve many varied and, at times, complex duties and responsibilities.  However, creating and maintaining a feeling of security by the people in our community can best meet the basic mission of policing.

Agency Staffing
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has a total of 137 full and part-time employees.  An elected Sheriff, an appointed Undersheriff and two Lieutenants oversee the agency.  The law enforcement division of the agency consists of 24 full time sworn deputies, with two assigned to the civil division, and Twelve part-time deputies.  There is one Patrol Captain, one Lieutenant and four Sergeants.  The investigative division is comprised of one Senior Investigator and three Criminal Investigators with one serving as a Juvenile Officer

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is a full service law enforcement agency, which provides many services to the residents and visitors of Washington County, NY.  These include law enforcement, jail operations, civil, marine navigation and drug task force membership.


The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has several specialized units including a SERT, (Sheriff Emergency Response Team), Marine Navigation Unit, Northeast Regional Sheriff’s Dive Team, K-9 unit, DWI Patrol, Snowmobile Patrol, Crime Scene Specialists, and a member on the Northern Branch of the Capital District Federal Drug Task Force. 


Community First
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office provides instructional presentations for our community on a wide range of public-safety related topics:

Safe-Drive Program
Prom Crash Drills
Active-Shooter Awareness for school faculties
School Safety and Lock-Down Training
Handgun Safety Courses for Pistol Permit Applicants
Juvenile Fire-Starter Program
EMS & Fire Police in-service regarding MVA investigation
Cyber Safety/Online Predator Awareness for students
Scam-Avoidance for Senior Citizen Groups
Bicycle Safety Rodeos
Career-Day events at schools
Child Safety Seat Installation & Inspection Service
Rape Aggression Defense Training
Sheriff's Summer Camp

  External Links *

Offender Watch Link


New York State Sheriffs YellowDot Program

New York State Sheriffs' Association


Amber Alert Link

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Missing & Exploited Children Clearinghouse
1-800-FIND-KID (1-800-346-3543)

New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse

New York State Missing Child AlertNew York State Missing College Student AlertNew York State Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert


*Links to external sites are provided as a convenience. 
Washington County has no control over the format or content of any information found on any external site.

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