STEVE MACNEAL

For Wayne County Sheriff

Public Safety for All

Public safety for all will be a priority of the Sheriff’s Office.  The Leadership will diligently research contemporary policing strategies, develop training, and build a culture of Guardianship amongst personnel to meet the needs of the public we serve. DWI/Driving While Ability Impaired enforcement as well as highway safety training will be a priority.

Community Outreach

The Sheriff’s Office will build upon its 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.

Mental Health Services

The Sheriff’s Office will work with private and public sector organizations to determine the best response methods when addressing mental health calls for service. We will provide the compassionate care necessary in our mental health response. Deputies are expected to see and experience things time and time again that nobody should have to see or experience. Providing mental health services to the men and women who have chosen the profession of Law. Enforcement will be a priority so they can provide the excellent service our community members deserve.

Opioid Epidemic

The Sheriff’s Office will provide training to community members in the use of Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose. We will continue to educate our children and loved ones about the dangers of opioid us. We will work with local, state, and federal partners to continue to arrest and prosecute those manufacturing, transporting, and selling lethal doses of opioids in our communities.

Diversity

The Sheriff’s Office will build a diverse staff in all bureaus, from the Deputies to the Command Staff and actively seek out black, brown, and minority candidates from diverse backgrounds for employment so the staff is reflective of the population of Wayne County. Those from different cultures, backgrounds, and generations offer a unique perspective.

Advocacy

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. 

Staffing

An immediate priority will be to evaluate the staffing and supervisory needs of the department to adequately provide the excellent service our communities deserve. This includes the Jail and Court staff as well as Road Patrol, and First-Line Supervisors. There has been an increase in crimes against our children. Increasing the number of Investigators who investigate those crimes and protect our greatest asset is of utmost importance.

Employee Retention & Development

We will create an environment to retain employees rather than train them and lose them to other agencies. While pay and benefits are important, they are not the only reason employees stay at an agency. Having an opportunity to build a diverse career portfolio and accomplishing goals is equally important. This ultimately saves money and builds a talented, experienced, well-rounded staff. 

All Initiatives/Implementation/Budget

Public Safety for All

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

Guardians– Endowed by the community with the power and authority to heal, protect, build, and generally steward the community.  A leader and mentor, the Guardian is not an outside occupying force, dictator, or tyrant.  They are servants of their neighborhoods, cities, and nation.

Plan: While the culture of Guardianship is a concept, its expectations are easily reduced to writing which allows personnel a full understanding of what is expected.  The culture comes from the top and should easily be viewed by the actions of all personnel.  It is important to support these words with action.  All policies will be drafted to embrace the culture of Guardianship.  In the first     180 days in office, all policies and General Orders will be evaluated and if needed, amended to embrace the culture of Guardianship and to comply with community standards.

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

Plan:  The Sheriff’s Office will rely on relationships with Law Enforcement             Professionals, both locally and across the country, to learn new and/or different strategies in crime prevention.  Additionally, we will solicit input from the Deputies who work in our communities and are familiar with its needs. 

Building relationships with, and educating the community, are the best ways to implement crime prevention strategies.  If those who live in the community have relationships with those who serve the community, citizens are more likely to contact the police and provide them with important information.  These relationships also help to build trust between citizens in Deputies which helps people to feel more comfortable speaking with Law Enforcement personnel.  The Sheriff’s Office will continue to be present in the community- at school functions and activities, community events, and in neighborhoods.  We will get out of the patrol car and talk with our neighbors.  This again is the concept of        Guardianship, which will begin with Command Staff and end with all bureaus of the Sheriff’s Office.

Educating and communicating with community members about acute problems arising in their neighborhoods and different criminal trends is important because sometimes the criminal element goes unnoticed resulting in a reactive approach to the problem instead of a proactive approach.  Social media platforms and the website provide a low-cost opportunity to educate and communicate with community members.  Consistent posting on social media and updating the website will be a priority.  Additionally, working with other agencies and service providers in Wayne County is an efficient way to communicate with the community.  Printed materials will also be provided without a large impact on the budget.  

The Sheriff’s Office will build upon the relationships already established with fire departments and EMS agencies. 

Plan: Police, fire, and EMS work together most frequently during emergency operations when there isn’t necessarily a lot of time to talk and build relationships.  We will work with emergency services to provide regular,     consistent, and valuable training to include their role in an active violence situation and situational awareness which could prove to be lifesaving if they are ever the target of violence.  The Sheriff’s Office will also be open to receiving training from fire and EMS personnel to make sure our emergency scenes are safer and allow for efficient operations.  Deputies will be encouraged to assist at fire and EMS scenes and training when not engaged in Law Enforcement duties to build better relationships with those whom we serve with.

Highway Safety

Highway safety is a priority.  There has been an increase in driving while ability impaired by drug offenses and will likely be additional increases following the legalization of recreation-use marijuana.  We will train Deputies in the detection of those operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  Additionally, we will train more Deputies as Drug Recognition Experts.

Plan:  We will work with STOP DWI and find other funding options to address training needs.

Animal Neglect

The Sheriff’s Office will work with the Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to protect our four-legged friends. Training to Deputies and Investigators will be focused on what to look for when animal abuse is suspected as well as investigative techniques and best practices that should be utilized when investigating animal cruelty incidents.  

Plan:  Partnerships with the Humane Society and ASPCA have already been established with the intent to receive training related to animal cruelty investigations.  Training will easily be implemented with little to no impact on the budget.

Community Outreach

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.

Plan:  I have already developed a Reform and Reinvention plan based upon the 6 Pillars of Community Policing.  The plan is designed to ensure fair and equal treatment of black and brown citizens who interact with Law Enforcement.  This plan would easily be converted to meet the needs of the Sheriff’s Office. 

While a plan in writing is a good start, feedback will be solicited from the   Deputies in all bureaus of the Sheriff’s Office to help develop the plan.  Once finalized, the Deputies will receive consistent and ongoing training surrounding the concepts outlined in the plan.  The culture of Guardianship must be a top-down concept reflected in action, policy, and training.  There is little impact on the budget. 

Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office will actively solicit feedback from community members with a focus on the minority population to ensure the words of the      Reform and Reinvention plan are reinforced by action. 

Larger community presence/Build relationships with community

The Sheriff’s Office will build upon its 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 is important when it comes to community input and investigations.

Positive interactions with people in the community provide a sense of comfort and security with those who serve the community.  Additionally, positive interactions also improve the morale of the Deputies.

Plan:  The concept of Guardianship begins at the top and must be reflective in action, policy, and training.  Deputies will be encouraged to visit and participate in community events on a regular basis when call-for-service volume allows.           There is no impact on the budget. 

Implementation of a Community Services Unit (CSU)

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, and events within the Sheriff’s Office.  *This unit will consist of one Deputy upon implementation.

Plan:  An assessment of current Road Patrol staffing will take place.  If staffing allows, the CSU will be implemented.  If staffing does not allow, negotiations will begin with the Board of Supervisors will begin.  In doing so, we will explore funding options, whether via grant opportunities or other available options.              Once the CSU has been implemented, interest from Deputies will be solicited and interviews conducted.  The Deputy will then be assigned to the CSU.  I will work with the Union should any employment concerns arise.  There will be a budgetary impact on the implementation of the CSU.  The call for reform in Law Enforcement has shown the need to build trust and legitimacy within the communities served by the Sheriff’s Office.  Community outreach must be a priority.  The benefits of the CSU far outweigh any financial impact.  

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 by providing them with surveillance camera footage.

Plan:  Templates from other agencies will be altered to meet the needs of Wayne   County.  There will be little impact on the budget.

Wayne County Resources

In addition to referring resources to victims, the Sheriff’s Office will educate all Deputies in the resources available throughout the county that address more than just victim resources.  Wayne County is rich in resources to assist Veterans, the homeless population, utility bill payment assessment, and many more.

Plan:  A complete resource list will be provided to Deputies with training in each resource.  There will be little to no impact on the budget. 

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.

Plan:  Posting will be completed by the Sheriff or designee.  There will be no impact on the budget.

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. 

 Plan:  The list of resources will need to be provided to the IT department.  There will be little to no impact on the budget.

Community Education

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, bias, and other topics pertaining to Law Enforcement.

Plan:  Several agencies in surrounding counties host citizen/teen police academies. Their template can be adjusted to fit the needs of Wayne County.     Personnel and third-party instructors will be selected and lesson plans will be finalized.  There may be a small impact on the budget for personnel overtime expenses and other printed materials. 

“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. 

Plan:  Guides will be distributed to the Road Patrol for distribution to businesses in an organized and documented manner.  Printing of the guides will be the only impact on the budget.

 

Mental Health services

There are wholesale, cultural changes that need to be implemented immediately to answer the call for police/mental health reform heard across the country.  Policy and training will reflect and embrace the compassionate care necessary when addressing mental health-related calls for service. 

The Sheriff’s Office will work with the Office of Mental Health and other organizations, whether private or public sector, to determine the best response methods for mental health-related calls for service.  Law Enforcement response as a secondary means should be considered when safe to do so. 

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 citizens in crisis.

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 Central Arraignment who may need mental health services so they can intervene at the jail.

Those individuals housed or sentenced at the Wayne County Jail will receive access to mental health services as requested.

Plan:  These partnerships and programs will begin immediately.  There will be an impact on the budget, however, addressing mental health-related calls for service are necessary.

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.

Plan:  The Sheriff’s Office will consult with the Wayne County Office of Public       Health to determine any logistical concerns.  A number of instructors will be trained to teach the Narcan program.  There may be a small impact on the budget for personnel overtime expenses.  The expenses are well worth one life saved.

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 an important role on the task force to work as its foundation.  Law Enforcement Professionals 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 in great detail.  Collaboration with other agencies will also be a regular practice. 

            Plan:  Policy will need to be drafted to determine appropriate investigative measures for opioid-related investigations.  Select personnel will be assigned to the Opioid Task Force and provided with necessary training.  The Sheriff’s Office will build and/or reaffirm relationships and partnerships with other local, state,           and federal agencies willing to assisting with investigations.  There will be an impact on the budget in personnel overtime expenses, however, partnerships with some federal agencies provide overtime reimbursement to cover personnel expenses. 

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. 

            Plan:  I have worked closely with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to develop a program that can easily be converted for use at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.      There will be no impact on the budget.

Build upon the Special Investigations 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 can offset operating expenses and equipment costs. 

            Plan: 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.  There will be an impact on the budget, however, we will partner with federal agencies who often provide resources, manpower, and overtime reimbursement.

 

Diversity

The Sheriff’s Office will build a diverse staff in all bureaus, from the Deputies to the Command Staff and actively seek out black, brown, and minority candidates from diverse backgrounds for employment so the staff is reflective of the population of Wayne County. 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 Wayne County has to offer in an effort to attract more people to our area.  If we attract more 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 businesses.

Plan: The Sheriff’s Office will build relationships with businesses, organizations, and stakeholders in Wayne County and solicit marketable information from them to be showcased on the Sheriff’s Office website and social media platforms.  There is little to no impact on the budget.

The Sheriff’s Office will implement recruitment activities to attract potential candidates for employment.

Plan:  The Sheriff’s Office will build relationships with schools, colleges, trade schools, and alike, in and around Wayne County, to highlight a career in Law         Enforcement and actively seek out minorities for employment so the staff is reflective of the population of Wayne County.  Additionally, we will develop recruitment videos and materials to be made available to potential candidates.           We will also utilize our website and social media platforms to implement recruitment programming.  There will be little impact on the budget.

We will advocate for the reform of the current Civil Service testing process currently in place.  While a written test may be a starting point for screening, it should not be the only criteria utilized for employment selection.  There will be no impact on the budget.

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 (www.worldpopulationreview.com). 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.

Plan:  Screening of interested Deputies in all bureaus of the Sheriff’s Office will begin immediately.  We will then seek a service provide instruction.  There are several cost-effective, online options for education (In 2019, Rosetta Stone offered instructional programs for Law Enforcement for $99/Deputy).  There will be little impact on the budget.  The benefits of this program far surpass any financial impact.

Advocacy

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. 

Plan:  Training will familiarize all Deputies with the services available to victims of crimes and recognize when these services can but beneficial.  Additionally, the        Sheriff’s Office will build relationships with service-providing agencies designed to assist victims of crimes to allow for efficient receipt of services when needed.       There is no impact on the budget. 

Vulnerable Populations

The Sheriff’s Office will develop programs to protect our most vulnerable populations.  We will create programs to include sex offender notifications, elderly population welfare checks, and an ACE’s referral program.

Disability Awareness Training

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.

            Plan:  Training will begin immediately as I am a certified instructor in this discipline.  Additional instructors will be certified by First Responder Disability    Awareness Training or a comparable entity. There may be a very small impact on the budget to train additional instructors.

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 be able to refer the child/family to appropriate organizations and programs to allow for early intervention when necessary.  Early intervention helps to prevent the potential for mental health conditions later in someone’s life.

            Plan:  ACEs training will be developed internally with the assistance of a third party.  Training will be conducted in-service so as not to incur overtime expenses.       The referral method, whether by paper or electronically, will be developed internally and include a synopsis of the incident and necessary demographic data.              A determination will need to be made as to what organization or agency will receive the referral (perhaps the Office of Mental Health or the Child Advocacy     Center).  There will be little impact on the Sheriff’s Office budget, however, there may be an impact on another agency or organization.  The benefits of this program far surpass any budgetary impact as this program can potentially save money and strain on services in the future. 

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 person, Court, Probation/Parole, Child Protective Services, District Attorney, Public Defender/attorney, and Law Enforcement.  Open communication allows for the arrested person and/or their family to receive appropriate sentences and proper services based upon the circumstances of the offense committed. This will be a restorative approach to Law Enforcement.

            Plan:  This begins by building relationships between the organizations and developing standards and protocols for program usage.  There is little impact on the budget.

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 poor decisions.  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 food banks. 

            Plan:  The resource list will be developed prior to the election and can be made available immediately.  There is no impact on the budget.

Staffing

An immediate priority will be to evaluate the staffing and supervisory needs of the department.  This includes the Jail and Court staff as well as Road Patrol, First-Line Supervisors. 

There has been an increase in crimes against our children.  Increasing the number of Investigators who investigate those crimes and protect our greatest asset will be a priority.

While maintaining fiscal responsibility, it is imperative the entire department is adequately staffed to accomplish our mission. 

            Plan: Staffing evaluations will begin on day one.  Command staff will look for funding methods and negotiate with the Board of Supervisors and ensure adequate staffing.

Employee Retention & Development

We will create an environment to retain employees rather than train them and lose them to other agencies.  While pay and benefits are important, they are not the only reason employees stay at an agency.  Having an opportunity to build a diverse career portfolio and accomplishing goals is equally important.  This ultimately saves money and builds a talented, experienced, well-rounded staff. 

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 opportunities 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. 

            Plan:  Policy will be implemented and participants can enroll in the program.        There will be an impact on the budget if a financial incentive is included in 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.   There have been a number of studies conducted to review different lengths of shifts and schedule rotations to determine health/mental health/overall job satisfaction.

            Plan:  A review of the current staffing and schedule will be evaluated.  The Road    Patrol and Union will be consulted to determine a favorable schedule.

Officer Wellness

Law Enforcement Professionals see and do traumatic things our citizens should not see or do.  They are expected to see and do those things repeatedly and fulfill their duties as if nothing happened at all.  If unaddressed, this can lead to PTSD and other mental health issues.  Ultimately, if left unchecked, 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.  Officer Wellness is very closely associated with decision making, attitude, and frequency of use of force, therefore, it will be a priority.

The Sheriff’s Office will build a culture that recognizes the importance of good officer wellness and mental health.  We will work diligently to destigmatize mental health in Law Enforcement. 

The Sheriff’s Office will provide appropriate and necessary mental health resources to include participation in the Wayne County Peer Support Program.

            Plan:  Enrollment in the Peer Support Program will occur immediately.  There will be a very small impact on the budget for training.  Addressing mental health concerns before they become serious can save money down the road.   Consistent Officer Wellness training will be implemented immediately.

Training

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. 

            Plan:  We will interview staff who are already instructors as well as those who would like to become instructors and develop a training unit that will be implemented department-wide.  There will be a small impact on the budget to train new instructors and develop quality training. 

Job Satisfaction

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

We, as leaders in Law Enforcement, need to create an environment that fulfills the needs of newer generations while accomplishing our public safety mission.  Our generation of teachers and trainers needs to change the way we train the newer generations. 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, listen, and then implement suggestions provided by the newer generation.  If we do not, 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 they 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 them back.  We can help to build communities that want our Deputies there.  Working in a community that is supportive of Law Enforcement helps to provide job satisfaction for any police officer, regardless of generation. 

Internal Mechanisms/Accountability

Culture Change

The culture surrounding Law Enforcement must change and it must be documented to provide a map for future command staff and personnel.  Expectations and standards must be clearly spelled out. We have the opportunity to set a new standard and create a new beginning.  We will take a restorative approach to Law Enforcement and serve as Guardians of our communities.  Culture change will be a top-down change. 

The culture will be passed down through the Command Staff to First-Line Supervisors whose priority will be to spend time in the field with Deputies teaching and guiding them.

We will build relationships with community members to serve as the foundation of all our processes.  We will work diligently to communicate, educate, and advocate for our communities to build trust and legitimacy.  We will take a collaborative community approach and bridge people with the services and resources they need. 

First-Line Supervisors will review body-worn camera videos on a regular basis not only to ensure compliance with policy and training but to ensure minorities are treated fairly and equally.

The Sheriff’s Office will implement training in implicit bias, cultural diversity/awareness, de-escalation, procedural justice, and other training important to societal standards.  It is important for Deputies to recognize not only different cultures, but the environment in which people were raised and how different experiences and relationships can affect contact with Law Enforcement.

The Sheriff’s Office will remain transparent and accountable for our actions for all members.  The policy will dictate swift attention and follow through to civilian personnel complaints/concerns.

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.

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.

MACEDON POLICE DEPARTMENT (MPD) 2014-Present

• 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

IRONDEQUOIT POLICE DEPARTMENT (IPD) 2002- 2014

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)
WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 1998-2002

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.

Recognitions

  • 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. 

WALWORTH FIRE DEPARTMENT 1995-present
Volunteer Firefighter
Past Vice President (2019)
Past committee Chairperson- Apparel, community, banquet
Community outreach
WALWORTH FIRE DISTRICT 2010-2014
Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners (2013-2014)
Western Wayne Chamber of Commerce (2019-Present)
President
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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Endorsements

Christopher Creamer

“I’m Chris Creamer, Chief of South Macedon Fire and Rescue and a Macedon resident. I've known Officer Steve MacNeal for the last four years. As sergeant of the Macedon Police Department, Steve has gone out of his way to support the fire department in a variety of ways including numerous training courses. Officer MacNeal has always displayed professionalism and expertise in our interactions. I believe his character, ethical and moral compass, credentials and experience make him an excellent...

Tony Silvestri

“With the many attacks on our Constitution these days, I feel we need a strong advocate to support our community and uphold the values and virtues that are protected by our Constitution. I believe Steve MacNeal will live up to that as Wayne County Sheriff. Steve is a very good friend whom I’ve spent much time with, doing many of the activities we both enjoy. We’re both avid hunters, gun owners and enjoy time on our motorcycles. It’s during these times that Steve and I share ideas and compare...

Karel Ambroz

“I write this letter of Support for Steve MacNeal for the following reasons: Steve MacNeal has always been a hard-working ambitious young man. He has worked hard to support not only the community he lives in, but the people and communities he has worked for. He believes in the good of all. That with hard work and perseverance all good will prevail. Over that last few years, we have talked many times about the political aspect of becoming Sheriff of Wayne County. If you know of anyone who has...

David V. Whalen

The Niagara University First Responders Disability Awareness Training (FRDAT) program is the home to the nation’s only comprehensive law enforcement disability awareness training. The program is utilized in New York State through the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and is part of the Basic Course for Police Officers whereby all new recruits receive the program. The signature program is the Train the Trainer whereby qualified officers take the two day course and become certified to...

John Ingallina

“Dear Fellow Citizens, I am honored to present this letter of support and endorsement for Steve MacNeal, candidate for Wayne County Sheriff. I have known Steve for nearly 20 years, witnessing and admiring his servant leadership, dedication to law and order and unwavering loyalty to the communities he serves. As a civilian, I have had the opportunity to teach many law enforcement personnel in trainings organized by Steve. Increased officer and civilian safety have been the clear objective and...

Kristen Porpora

“In the wake of last year’s political polarization, I’m tired. I’m tired of divisiveness, I’m tired of the name calling, I’m tired of the split judgments based on party lines. I generally stay away from politics for any of the aforementioned reasons. In a recent publication, politics was again living up to its acrimonious nature. But the article brought to my attention something noteworthy, so thank you to the author. The article's intention was to throw doubt on the intentions of the...

Justin Collins

My name is Justin Collins and I am writing this letter on behalf of Mr. Steve MacNeal. I have known Mr. MacNeal for over a decade now and personally attest that he is a man of morals and integrity who greatly cares about the men and women of law enforcement as well as the community members they support.   I have experienced his unrivaled passion for the men and women of law enforcement and their families through commitment of his time for many local charities. I have witnessed him give...

Sheryl Vega

I am honored to present this letter of support for Steve MacNeal as a candidate for Wayne County Sheriff. Steve has dedicated his life to the profession of law enforcement. He has always been that person who strives to make things better for his family, friends, and his community.   Steve is a man of integrity that lives his life as a Servant leader.  He has insisted on making a positive impact in everything he is associated with.  Steve joined the Canal Connection Business Chamber in...

Chris Morabito

I have worked closely with Steve for many years within the Walworth Fire Department and I believe Steve has many qualities that will make him an incredible Sherriff. On top of the usual things that a volunteer firefighter does, Steve often takes on more than is expected of him. Service is very important to Steve and he works hard to give back to both the members of the department and our community by heading committees responsible for social functions and community outreach. For example, he's...

News & Updates

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...

Recognitions

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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