For Wayne County Sheriff

The citizens of Wayne County should be able to live and travel through Wayne County and feel safe and protected.  They should expect excellence and be able to trust those who are sworn to protect them.

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Initiatives as sheriff

Public Safety

People want to feel safe.  They want to feel protected.  They want to be able to drive their children to soccer practice and dance lessons without the fear of being hit by an intoxicated driver.  They want to know while they sleep their homes and property will be untouched by the hand of someone with bad intentions.  And more importantly, they want all this without having to think or worry about it. 

People want to know a Sheriff’s Deputy will respond quickly when they call 911.  They want to know the Deputy who stands before them will be well trained, compassionate and equipped to address their concerns.

Public safety will be a priority of the Sheriff’s Office.  The Leadership at the Sheriff’s Office will diligently research contemporary policing strategies, develop training, and develop a culture of Guardianship amongst personnel to meet the needs of the public we serve.

The Sheriff’s Office will implement contemporary crime prevention strategies to include community education, educating children in our schools, and working with businesses to offer safety tips and important information related to reporting crimes. 


The Sheriff’s Office will build a diverse staff in all bureaus, from the Deputies to the Command Staff. Those from different cultures, backgrounds, and generations offer a unique perspective. To develop a larger pool of prospective candidates eligible for employment by Civil Service standards, the Sheriff’s Office will partner with other organizations and agencies to showcase all that Wayne County has to offer in an effort to attract more people to our area.  If we draw people to Wayne County there is the potential for a larger, more diverse field of candidates to choose from.  The additional benefits are an increased tax base and patronage of local business. 

The Sheriff’s Office will provide interested staff members in all bureaus with the opportunity to learn Spanish.  The second most spoken language in Wayne County is Spanish ( Imagine being the victim of a crime yet you are unable to communicate with those who are sworn to protect you and advocate for you.  Spanish speaking Deputies can help to ease the stress and offer a degree of comfort to those involved in the Criminal Justice system. 

Advocacy/Community Outreach/Education

6 Pillars of Community Policing

The 6 Pillars of Community Policing were developed as a result of a 2014 Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing. They are: Building Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media, Community Policing and Crime Reduction, Officer Training and Education, Officer Safety and Wellness. 

Each of the 6 Pillars offers strategies to better connect and serve the community while addressing quality of life for all cultures.  The Sheriff’s Office will embrace the 6 Pillars of Community Policing and develop a culture of Guardianship within the agency.

Implementation of a Community Services Unit

Law Enforcement relationships with the community are of utmost importance and will be a priority of the Sheriff’s Office. The Community Services Unit is designed to participate and schedule Law Enforcement involvement in community activities while also addressing quality of life issues.  This unit will serve as a liaison to the community for communication, education, events within the Sheriff’s Office.  *This unit will consist of one Deputy upon implementation.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office will continue to advocate for all victims of crimes especially those who are unable to advocate for themselves.  We will implement programs and policies to ensure those who need an advocate in Law Enforcement will receive an advocate and not fall through the cracks. 

All personnel will be trained in the response to persons with disabilities.  As a result, personnel will be able to avoid misunderstandings, unnecessary arrests, and/or use of force incidents, all while serving with compassion and empathy.

Larger community presence/Better relationships with community

The Sheriff’s Office will have a greater presence in the community, especially in non-Law Enforcement related incidents/functions.  Building relationships with those we serve is of utmost importance to build trust and legitimacy.  Maintaining those relationships are important when it comes to community input and investigations.

Develop ACEs Referral Program

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)- ACEs are events experienced by children to include being witness to and/or the subject of physical, mental, or sexual abuse. Law Enforcement Professionals are often involved in these incidents and are the front line to recognize ACEs.  Personnel will be trained in recognizing ACEs and then refer the child/family to appropriate organizations and programs to allow for early intervention.  Early intervention prevents the potential for mental health conditions later in someone’s life.

Post arrest advocacy

Post arrest advocacy is a concept developed for implementation following any criminal arrest.  The idea is to aid the arrested person and his/her family, especially their children.  One of the ways to accomplish this is to ensure continued communication between the arrested citizen, Court, Probation/Parole, Child Protective Services, District Attorney, Public Defender/attorney, and Law Enforcement.  Open communication allows for the Principal and/or their family to receive appropriate sentences and proper services.


Resource guide for those introduced into the criminal justice system

Many people introduced into the criminal justice system are good people who have fallen on hard times, suffer from addiction, or have made a poor decision.  Providing a resource guide to address concerns that fall outside the criminal justice system can be helpful to get someone back on track.  There are a lot of resources available in Wayne County from housing to utility payment assistance, to foodbanks. 

Citizens/Teen police academy

Education is one of the best forms of outreach.  Citizens and teens can participate in real life police academy training similar to the academy Law Enforcement Professionals attend.  It gives people an opportunity to see things from the perspective of an officer.  Topics include legalities, use of force, investigations, firearms, and other topics pertaining to Law Enforcement

Demilitarized uniforms and relaxed hat policy

I want people to feel comfortable approaching a Deputy at any time, not intimidated or afraid to do so. In the 70s and 80s, Law Enforcement agencies militarized their uniforms.  To better connect with the community and maintain a less intimidating appearance, the uniforms will have a softer appearance, likely in the form of an embroidered polo style shirt.  Hats certainly have their place in formal settings but as part of the uniform in a patrol setting, it can cause safety concerns.  Additionally, while hats are professional-looking, they can also portray a sense of intimidation. 

Allow FF/EMTs to utilize their equipment during critical CFS

There are several Deputies who are Firefighters and/or EMTs trained in various functions as volunteers outside of their employment with the Sheriff’s Office.  Allowing them to carry their equipment to be used during critical calls for service can help to save lives and reduce injury.  Since most fire departments in Wayne County are volunteer, this could help first responders given the decline in volunteerism. 

Website Utilized as a Hub for Services

The Sheriff’s Office website will be built as a hub for services available to residents and those traveling through Wayne County.  It will serve as a directory for a wide range of services or community related events and/or activities. 

Improved Online Presence

The Sheriff’s Office will utilize multiple social media platforms to educate and communicate with the community while showcasing staff members, their activities, programs, and resources.

Neighborhood Watch/Surveillance Camera Program

These programs are a great opportunity for community outreach to strengthen the critical connection between our citizens and public servants. Neighborhood Watch relies on neighbors working together to ensure their communities are safe.  Surveillance Camera Programs allow the community to voluntarily aid Deputies who may be investigating crimes within a particular geographical area.


“How to Report” Guide

This is a visual guide provided to businesses to assist them in the event they need to report a crime.  It offers suggestions about what to look for and details that are important to an investigation.  In addition to providing safety tips, it also helps to build community relationships with businesses. 

Mental Health services
We will implement training to all staff members related to mental health but specifically, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.  We will implement a realistic, comprehensive program for response to our neighbors in crisis.

We will partner with the Office of Mental Health to create and/or sustain programs to offer services and support to those in crisis as well as their families. 

The Sheriff’s Office will continue the telemedicine program with the Office of Mental Health and continue to explore additional options. 

We will explore the possibility of counselor ride time with the Road Patrol based upon typical times of calls for service related to mental health issues.

The Sheriff’s Office will create a system to notify mental health workers of individuals who have been taken to jail awaiting CAP who may need mental health services so they can intervene at the jail.

Opioid Epidemic

Community Narcan Instruction

Narcan is a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose if administered soon after its onset.  Narcan can be possessed and carried by anyone in the community following proper training.  The Sheriff’s Office will provide training to community members in the use of Narcan thus providing for the potential to save lives.

Opioid Task Force

Wayne County Public Health has done an amazing job working with other service providers to establish an Opioid Task Force.  Law Enforcement will take a leading role on the task force to work as the foundation of the Task Force.  Law Enforcement are typically the first ones responding to an overdose call.  The Task Force will have consistent training for Law Enforcement Professionals to learn techniques and investigative practices.  Each overdose will be investigated to the fullest.  Collaboration with other agencies will also be a regular practice. 

Mock Overdose Presentation for Schools

We will continue the efforts already made to implement mock overdose presentations for high school students.  These presentations are similar to the mock DWI accident presentations held around prom season. 

Build upon narcotics unit

The Sheriff’s Office will increase the number of Deputies participating in the narcotics unit.  These investigations take time and resources and require personnel to protect the public, complete investigations, and seize illegally gained assets which offsets operating expenses and equipment costs.  *This will be a gradual implementation and will utilize Deputies in a hybrid role. This will also give Deputies the opportunity for temporary assignments to further build their careers.

We will partner with federal agencies who often provide resources, manpower, and overtime reimbursement.

Internal Mechanisms/Accountability

The Sheriff’s Office will remain transparent and accountable for our actions for all members.

We will ensure communication with the Sheriff’s Office is easy and efficient in an effort to address concerns and personnel issues.  We will create an environment in which staff members feel comfortable taking responsibility for their actions knowing they are going to be treated fairly.

We will seek partnerships with Federal agencies which often provide resources, manpower, and financial assistance.  Some Federal agencies will provide equipment and overtime reimbursement in exchange for assistance with investigations. 

The Sheriff’s Office will seek out grant opportunities to maintain a flat budget.

We will create an environment to retain employees rather than lose them to other agencies.  This ultimately saves money and builds a talented, experienced, well-rounded staff. 

Employee Development

Senior/Master Deputy program

Senior and Master level Deputies are a way to provide lateral movement to those who are goal oriented and looking to further their career while waiting for promotional positions to become available.  The program requires participants to have a certain amount of time on the job, manage a number of responsibilities within the department, participate in a certain amount of training hours in specific topics, and perform a certain amount of volunteer hours within the community.  Master level requirements are greater than that of the Senior level.  Potentially there could be a financial benefit attached to the program. 

Consistent schedule acceptable to the staff

I will work with Deputies and the Union to establish a schedule preferred by the majority while ensuring appropriate coverage and reducing overtime. 

Mental Health services/Peer Support for staff

The Sheriff’s Office will provide appropriate and necessary mental health resources to include participation in the Wayne County Peer Support Program. Law Enforcement Professionals see and do traumatic things our citizens shouldn’t see or do.  They are expected to see and do those things repeatedly and fulfil their duties as if nothing happened at all.  If unaddressed, this can lead to PTSD and other mental health issues.  Ultimately this can lead to alcohol and/or drug abuse, family problems, and potentially poor decision making while working.  One of the objectives of keeping Deputies mentally healthy is to preserve the department’s integrity and effectiveness while delivering the high level of professional service the community should expect.


Providing training allows the ability for staff members to choose and build career paths that interest them while maintaining a benefit to the department and community.  A Sheriff’s Office needs personnel trained in diverse topics to fulfill its obligations to criminal investigations. The benefits of training are twofold as it allows for better service to those who call upon us for services as well as developing effective public servants. 

Job Satisfaction

There is a shortage, nationwide, of qualified applicants and candidates in the field of Law Enforcement.  How do we change that?

We, as leaders in Law Enforcement, need to create an environment that fulfills the needs of this generation while accomplishing our public safety mission.  Our generation of teachers and trainers needs to change the way we train this generation. We must not only change the methods we use, but also shift our mindset and egos and not use the phrase, “This is the way we have always done it.”  We need to solicit feedback, actually listen, and then implement suggestions provided by the newer generation.  If we don’t, we will see personnel leaving for different agencies and/or careers or personnel who will be disconnected from the mission of the agency.

We will customize and implement the Madison Model of Policing type approach which suggests treating personnel like internal customers and tending to their needs.  In turn, personnel will better tend to the needs of the external customer- those we serve in the community.

Having their internal needs met is not enough.  Personnel must be satisfied with the work they do and the response they get from who they are working for- those we serve in the community.  It is up to the leadership to develop community outreach programs and follow through with those programs.  We need to change the culture of Law Enforcement from the top to the bottom.  We need to build upon the concept of Guardianship within our communities.  We need to restore and/or build trust and legitimacy within our communities.  We need our personnel to embrace our community.  In turn, the community will embrace us back.  We can help to build communities who want police officers there.  Working in a community who is supportive of Law Enforcement helps to provide job satisfaction for any police officer, regardless of generation. 


About Steve MacNeal

Steve MacNeal is the right choice for Wayne County Sheriff. He has volunteered in his community for over twenty-five years. He has served in leadership roles in both the private and public sector. He has implemented policy and training directly related to the call for reform in Law Enforcement. He is open-minded and listens to feedback and suggestions from everyone, regardless of political affiliations. Steve will be a Sheriff for the people.

Steve was born and raised in Walworth, Wayne County, New York. Shortly after his eighteenth birthday, he joined the Walworth Fire Department and continues to serve as a volunteer firefighter.

In 1998, Steve followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and began his career as a Deputy Sheriff at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. In 2002, he transferred to the Irondequoit Police Department and worked in a very diverse community neighboring the City of Rochester. In 2014, Steve had the opportunity to return to Wayne County and currently serves as the Administrative Sergeant at the Macedon Police Department.
As part of the Administrative Sergeant’s duties, Steve develops and implements departmentwide training, drafts and implements General Orders and policy, and is moving the department toward New York State Accreditation. Recently, Steve was tasked with developing the Police Reform and Reinvention plan per the Governor’s Executive Order.
Steve is in a unique position in that he is an administrator but also works the Road Patrol every day. This affords him the opportunity to recognize the needs of the community AND the needs of the police officers so they can adequately serve the community and fulfill a successful career.

Steve is the Chairperson of the Wayne County Peer Support Team, an organization that provides mental health assistance to Law Enforcement Professionals throughout Wayne County.
Off duty, Steve plans and oversees the Macedon/Walworth National Night Out, an annual family event designed to bring the community together with those who serve them in different capacities, from police/fire/EMS personnel to highway department personnel to MercyFlight and other nonprofit organizations.

Steve and his wife, Tyler, own Mac’s Pizza Shack in Macedon. Each year, Steve coordinates an annual coat and clothing drive as well as the “Mac’s Packs for Kids” program which is designed to provide children across Wayne County with backpacks and school supplies.

Steve recently served two terms as President of the Western Wayne Chamber of Commerce which serves the towns of Macedon, Marion, Palmyra, and Walworth. While in office, he implemented a community Narcan education and training program.

Steve has proven his passion and dedication for his community. He has the experience and leadership abilities to steer the Sheriff’s Office into the future while serving the Deputies and our community in a deserving manner.

Core Competencies

• Basic S.W.A.T & Rifle School
• Field Training Officer Certification
• Course in Police Supervision
• General Topics Instructor Certification
• Accreditation Manager
• Firearms/Rifle Instructor Certification
• Narcan Instructor
• Tactical Warrant Execution & Building Searches
• FBI- Survival Awareness
• FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development
• Reality Based Training Instructor
• Lost Person Behavior Training
• De-escalation Training
• Implicit Bias Training
• Disability Awareness Instructor- Police/Fire/EMS

Professional Experience

Well rounded Law Enforcement Professional with over 22 years of experience.


• Engages in proactive police strategies in vehicle and traffic enforcement, numerous self-initiated criminal investigations, and 911 dispatched calls for service.
• Maintain positive community relations with citizens and business owners during routine patrols and the investigation of crimes to preserve a high quality of life.
• Assist the Chief of Police with day to day operations
• Draft and implement General Orders and Policy
• Implement Reform & Reinvention Initiative
• Develop and implement departmental training
• Chairperson of Wayne County Peer Support Team
• Departmental Accreditation Manager


Police Officer

  • Road Patrol duties
  • Emergency Response Team- Team Leader and Quartermaster (Duties include budget, equipment procurement and maintenance, and training)
  • Bicycle Unit
  • Training Unit
  • Field Training Officer
  • General Topics Instructor
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Patrol Rifle Instructor
  • Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (2007)
  • Community Response Team
  • Assigned to Criminal Investigation Unit as needed for high profile cases (Duties include search warrant writing and investigative skills)

Deputy Sheriff- Road Patrol

  • Initial Law Enforcement Professional Assignment
  • Responded to the citizens of Wayne County in times of Emergency Situations
  • Gained experience in all aspects of Law Enforcement including Emergency Response, Public Safety, Firearms Training, Communications, and Court Procedures.
  • Assigned to Road Patrol, Bicycle, and Snowmobile Units during service.


  • Officer of the Month (Macedon PD)
  • Certificate of Commendation for water rescue (Macedon PD)
  • Recognized for murder investigation of a mother and the purchase and delivery of Christmas gifts for her three children (IPD)
  • Recognized for arrest of Monroe County-wide burglary suspects (IPD)
  • Recognized for in progress burglary arrest (IPD)
  • Recognized for developing and remodeling ERT storage room (IPD)
  • Recognized for developing and implementing patrol rifle program( IPD)

Community Involvement

Community service has been a part of Steve MacNeal’s life for over two decades. 

Volunteer Firefighter
Past Vice President (2019)
Past committee Chairperson- Apparel, community, banquet
Community outreach
Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners (2013-2014)
Western Wayne Chamber of Commerce (2019-Present)
Advocate for business owners and community members
Administer community Narcan training in partnership with Wayne County DOH
Mac’s Pizza Shack
Coordinate community food/coat drive
Coordinate Mac’s Packs for Kids program
Plan and coordinate Macedon/Walworth National Night Out



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Steve’s Story

I was born and raised in Walworth, New York. As I child I was always intrigued by fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars. While growing up, I knew my Grandfather was the Undersheriff of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. I knew he wore a suit and tie to work and...


Recognized for life saving efforts of teenage overdose victim -WCSD Recognized for leading platoon in complaints handled, MVAs investigated, arrests made, tickets issued, DWI arrests (#1 in county) for the year 2000.-WCSD Recognized by Macedon Police Sergeant for...

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