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.

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

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.


New York City’s Traveler Restrictions

Why has New York City enacted random checkpoints?
These checkpoints are another educational tool designed to ensure travelers understand and comply with New York State’s travel restrictions.

Through enormous sacrifice and perseverance, New York City has reduced COVID-19 transmission and positive test rates to among the lowest in the country. We cannot afford to let our guard down now.

What are New York City’s travel restrictions?
New York State law requires anyone entering New York State from states with a high COVID-19 positivity rate to:

  1. Quarantine (remain in your home or the place you are staying except for emergencies or to seek medical care) for 14 days upon arrival, AND
  2. Register by completing the New York State Traveler Health Form

Who is subject to New York City’s travel restrictions?
Any individual who has spent more than 24 hours in any state on New York’s Restricted State List in the last 14 days.

Where can I find out if a state I traveled to is on the New York Restricted State List?

I am a New York City resident. Do I have to complete the New York State Traveler Health Form and quarantine for 14 days?
Yes, if you traveled to any state on New York’s Restricted State List and spent more than 24 hours in that state.

Where will the checkpoints be located?
We can confirm that they will be located throughout New York City.

What will happen at the checkpoints?
  1. Individuals will be asked whether they have spent more than 24 hours in any State on New York’s Restricted State list in the last 14 days.
  2. If yes, the individual will be required to complete a New York State Traveler Health Form. The form is available online and can be filled out in advance or at the checkpoint.

How long will I be stopped?
Just a couple of minutes. The registration form takes less than 5 minutes to complete. You can avoid that delay by filling out the form online before you arrive in New York City.

What if I am only passing through New York City and not stopping?
You are still required to complete the New York State Traveler Form if you spent more than 24 hours in any state on New York’s Restricted State List in the last 14 days.

What happens if I do not comply with State law and fail to register and/or quarantine?
We know that everyone will cooperate in the interest of public health and slowing the spread of COVID-19. However, for truly exceptional cases of noncompliance, pursuant to State law, individuals may be subject to significant fines.

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