Our History

Tags: The history of the NYS Sheriffs' Institute, and their commitment to crime victim services throughout New York State.

About Us

Our History

Established in 1979,

the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute comprises all 58 elected and appointed Sheriffs of New York State. Our mission is to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families throughout New York State. Our programs include: the Sheriff's’ Summer Camp; our Criminal Justice Scholarship Program; and our Crime Victim Notification Services. The Sheriffs’ Institute is a not-for- profit, tax-exempt organization.

About New York’s Sheriffs

Most of New York’s sheriffs are elected officials, accountable to the voter every 4 years. Your county sheriff likely provides: criminal law enforcement, traffic patrol, emergency rescue operations, homeland security programs, SWAT operations, civil emergency response, jail operations, courtroom security, and civil litigation process.

Committed to Crime Victims

The NYS Sheriffs’ Institute has been in the business of providing victim notification services since 1998 when we received our first Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant through the New York State Office of Victim Services. The grant allowed us to establish and administer our Inmate Release Notification System (powered by VINE) in all the county correctional facilities in New York State, which are, of course, run by the New York's Sheriffs. The VINE System was created in 1994 in Kentucky after the tragic murder of Mary Byron on her 21 st birthday by her former boyfriend and attacker. (Click here to read Mary Byron’s story.)

Ed Wutzer, our Director of Victim Notification Services, learned about the VINE program soon after it was created and, recognizing its value to crime victims, set out to bring it New York State. A former Chairman of New York States’ Commission of Corrections, Ed worked with the sheriffs and jail administrators across the state to help them establish the system at their facilities. Today every county in New York is linked to the system, along with New York City and the New York State Department of Correctional Services. The Order of Protection Notification System was created in 2009 with a grant from the US Bureau of Justice Assistance. With this “Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification” grant (aka SAVIN) a notification system was established that allows victims who have been granted an Order of Protection from a Family Court in New York State, including New York City, to register to be notified when the order of protection is served by law enforcement. Of course, these orders are often served by Sheriff’s Deputies. This system is currently being expanded to all of the criminal courts in New York State.

Mary's Story - The History of Vine

We're Here for You

The NYS Sheriffs' Institute is committed to helping crime victims by providing notification systems and resources.