Erie County, NY

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Erie County is located in the western part of New York, bordering Lake Erie.  The county seat is Buffalo, and the population is around 900,000.  The Erie County Sheriff’s office works closely with local police departments in executing reverse sting operations.  Though the area began using reverse stings in 1997, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office continues to have issues with the local police stations really committing to sting operations targeting Johns.  Buffalo launched one of the first john school program in 1997, as an alternative to jail time for men convicted or soliciting and arrested in reverse sting operations.  Today the john school is inactive, due to the infrequency of reverse sting operations producing a lack of participants.   Erie County also has Neighborhood Watch programs, and surveillance cameras in use in the Buffalo area.

Key Partners

  • Erie County Sheriff’s Department
  • Erie County Health Department
  • Buffalo Police Department

Key Sources


State New York
Type City
Population 913338
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