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Halloween Tips for Parents & Homeowners

Halloween Tip for Parents Make sure costumes fit well and that they are short enough to prevent tripping. Consider using hypoallergenic make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct your child’s vision. Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. Make certain costumes are flame-retardant. Trick-or-treaters should have
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Police Seek Information about Winnikee Avenue Shooting

CONFIDENTIAL TIP LINE: (845) 451-7577 On Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 9:55 p.m., an 18-year-old city resident was shot while standing with a group in front of 104 Winnikee Ave. It is believed that several shots were fired initially, followed by many more shots a few seconds later. During this second
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BREAKING: Poughkeepsie Mayor Involved in Foot Pursuit of Vandals

Last night while enjoying dinner in downtown Poughkeepsie, Mayor Rob Rolison along with his wife Lori, witnessed vandals tagging graffiti across the street from the restaurant. Upon seeing this Mayor Rolison aided by a restaurant employee, began a foot pursuit of the subjects who immediately fled the scene. The chase
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The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department consists of more than 96 sworn members and approximately 34 civilians, which include 13 dispatchers.

The department is divided into specific sections:

  • The Command Administration
  • Support Services/Training and Development
  • Evidence
  • Detectives and Juvenile Divisions
  • Patrol Divisions
  • Neighborhood Recovery Unit
  • Crime Analysis
  • Main Street and Traffic
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Records Sections
  • K-9 Officer
  • Emergency Services Unit

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The Citizen Observer Alert Network allows the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department to update you instantly about crimes, emergencies and other important information. All Alerts are delivered via e-mail and are also available via text message on your cell phone.

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Civilian Patrol Program

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department is in the process of forming a Civilian Patrol Program. Civilian Patrol is a neighborhood watch program where responsible citizens volunteer to patrol their neighborhoods and report criminal activity to the Police Department.  A steering committee has been formed and they are actively reviewing the rules, regulations, and operating procedures required by the program.

Updates to the program will be posted here on the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department website and on all City social media accounts. If you are interested in strengthening the quality of your community, or for additional information about the Civilian Patrol Program, please email LT. Richard Wilson at

Stay Connected. To receive email updates on the Civilian Patrol Program, please sign up for the City eNewsletter.

Accident Reports

Accident reports are available for pick up at the Police Department Front Desk or online through the following providers:

Business Contact Registration

Businesses located within the City of Poughkeepsie can register their emergency contact information with the Police & Fire Departments by completing the online report below.

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Bicycle Registration

Walk-in registrations are done at the Juvenile Division office on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10AM to 2PM. Applicants must bring Identification and Proof of Purchase along with the bicycle to be registered. If no proof of purchase is available, then person must complete Affidavit of Ownership. Registration of bicycles over 20 inches is required for all City residents.

For questions and additional information, please contact the Juvenile Division, Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM, at (845) 451-4163

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Child Car Seat Program

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department offers child car seats and installation to income-eligible citizens. The car seats are made available through a grant from the New York State Child Passenger Safety Program to all City residents meeting the income guidelines and criteria listed below:

  • Applicant must be a City of Poughkeepsie resident with proof of residency (Utility bill with City address)
  • Income Verification – present a valid benefit card or other Department of Social Services document
  • Applicant must be the registered owner of the vehicle in which the car seat is installed
  • Photo ID is required (driver’s license or benefit card)

Program verification and installations are done by appointment only. To schedule a verification and installation or for additional information, please call the City of Poughkeepsie Juvenile Unit at (845) 451-4163.