The Oswego County Green Team is a volunteer group of citizens who organized to reduce litter in Oswego County. A pilot program was started with students in the Fulton School District to instill community pride and teach children to be responsible for their own trash. Bright yellow biodegradable litter bags are distributed at schools and numerous community functions throughout the county for people to use in their vehicles.
The Green Team encourages people to properly dispose of their own trash and are further working with the DEC at the Salmon River Hatchery in Altmar to encourage anglers to keep our stream banks clean. All materials used are donated by individuals, businesses and organizations who support the efforts to keep Oswego County clean and green.
The Oswego County Sheriff's Office is a proud participant and supporter of the Green Team. Materials, educational presentation requests and further information can be obtained by contacting BobGreen@winstream.net or calling the Sheriff's Office at 315-349-3336.
VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday):
A free program available around-the-clock in both English and Spanish, VINE provides crime and release data on all prison inmates. To get information, you must:
- Contact the District Attorney's Office to get the inmate's NYS Identification Number (NYSID) or date of birth.
- Call VINE from a touch-tone phone: 1-888-VINE4NY (1-888-846-3469) or register online at VINELink, the National Victim Notification Network.
- Provide the offender's NYSID number, or full name and date of birth or DOCS' identification number (DIN).
- Provide the phone number at which you wish to be notified.
- Select a four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) to allow VINE to confirm your identity and to keep your identity confidential.
OPERATION SAFECHILD (NYS Sheriff's Association):
A free program that captures identifying information about your child on a SAFECHILD ID card. The information is also stored in a statewide database. The storage of this information is entirely voluntary and requires the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.
In addition to quickly providing important details to police agencies investigating child disappearances, the SAFECHILD card can be used in conjunction with the NYS AMBER Alert and Missing Child Alert programs. If a child goes missing, the SAFECHILD program allows their information to be electronically disseminated within minutes, significantly increasing the possibility of bringing a missing child home.
Further information regarding this program can be obtained through the New York State Sheriff's Association web site: nysheriffs.org/public-safety-programs or the Oswego County Sheriff's Office at 315-349-3336.
PROJECT LIFESAVER INTERNATIONAL:
A non-profit organization that provides law enforcement and caregivers with the technology designed to protect, and when necessary, quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life-threatening behavior of wandering.
Worn on the wrist or ankle, a Project Lifesaver transmitter emits and individualized frequency signal that allows first responders to locate the position of an individual if they go missing. Most individuals who wander are found within a few miles of their home and Project Lifesaver technology can reduce search time from hours or days to minutes. Fees may be associated base upon economic standards.
Further information regarding this program can be obtained through the web site: projectlifesaver.org or the Oswego County Sheriff's Office at 315-349-3323 or the Oswego County E-911 Office at 315-349-8215.
A nationwide program designed to raise awareness about firearm safety by distributing gunlocks and educational materials to gun owners. The program is currently sponsored solely by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and offers free-of-charge firearm safety kits, which include a cable-style gun-locking device, lock-installment instructions, and a safety booklet.
SHERIFF'S SUMMER CAMP (NYS Sheriff's Association):
A week-long summer camp for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 12 who are economically challenged and would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend a summer camp or enjoy a summer vacation.
The Sheriff's Office uses a variety of methods to identify deserving children to attend, with the primary criteria being economic difficulty. The office also strives for children who would benefit from positive interaction with Deputy Sheriffs.
TOYS FOR TOTS CAMPAIGN:
The basic mission of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. The primary goal is to help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope through the gift of a new toy.
The program runs in Oswego County from October through December for collection, with drop off boxes located within the front entrance of the Public Safety Center. All toys collected will be distributed exclusively to children of Oswego County during the month of December.
NEW VISIONS PROGRAM:
The New Vision Law & Government program is designed for high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in law, public safety or government. Students participate in classroom instruction and career-related experiences, observed during rotations in settings such as the Oswego County Sheriff's Office.
The classroom setting is held on the SUNY Oswego campus, giving students their first experience as college students. Admission to this program is granted through an application and interview process. Students must meet the following criteria:
- Must be in grade 12 and planning to graduate the same year they are enrolled in the New Vision program
- Must have achieved an attendance rate of 90% or better
- Must possess an 85% (3.0) or better overall average
- Must be willing to adhere to school and work site codes of conduct
- Must have focused interest and plan to pursue a career in the law and government fields
- Must submit medical history forms prior to being placed in rotation sites