The Sheriff is an officer of the court whose main job is to serve and execute legal processes/mandates issued by the State courts, legal community and the general public.

Landlords who rent space to businesses that sell unlicensed tobacco or cannabis products may face legal consequences, including fines and penalties. Download this letter for more information.

This Office enforces court mandates and processes including:

  • Civil Practice Law and Rules;
  • Judiciary Law;
  • Real Property Actions; and
  • Family Court Act

The majority of our duties include:

  • Discovery and seizure of property;
  • Cigarette Tax and License Enforcement;
  • Arrests
  • Conduct Vehicle and Property Auctions; and
  • Serving a variety of mandates, orders and decrees issued by various courts

Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)

BCI is the Department of Finance (DOF) sheriff’s criminal tax and financial crimes investigation unit. It conducts a wide variety of criminal investigations concerning:

  • Cigarette tax enforcement
  • Real property/deed fraud
  • Synthetic narcotics sales (K2, bath salts)
  • Crimes against the Department of Finance
In addition, the Sheriff’s BCI also conducts criminal investigations into matters where the sheriff is specifically directed by City or State statutes to take law enforcement action.

The Sheriff’s BCI often works with City, State and Federal agencies, including:
  • NYPD
  • District Attorneys’ Offices
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • NYS Department of Taxation and Finance
  • Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives
The BCI is staffed by criminal investigators, deputy sheriffs, criminal auditors, administrative staff, and is supported by the Sheriff’s Intelligence Unit.


General Forms

Notice Designating Personnel to enforce New York City’s Cannabis Enforcement Law