The Sheriff's All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is a special use motor vehicle designed for use on and off the 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 with a grant to address complaints of trespassing and criminal mischief to property in areas where patrol cars could not enter.
Deployments of the ATV Unit include:
- Special events when additional vehicles are necessary or where special circumstances exist during the event.
- Surveillance operations or investigations where travel to and from the location is impractical by other means.
- Investigations or surveillance where the suspects may also be utilizing a similar vehicle in an effort to resist or hinder apprehension.
- To effect any medical or other rescue operation as may be necessary.
A deputy certified as an ATV instructor certifies other criminal division members as operators. The team often partners with the NYS DEC and local fire/rescue agencies for search-and-rescue missions. The team also educates youthful operators in the proper operation of these vehicles.