Today Police Chief Thomas Pape announced an increase of 37% in the number of personal interactions in which City police officers rendered assistance to individuals under the BEAT patrol program. The Behavioral Evaluation & Assistance Team (BEAT) is a joint collaboration with Dutchess County’s Department of Behavioral & Community Health. It was launched in October 2017.
Calls for service declined by 6.13% during the first quarter of 2018 (compared to the same period in 2017). In addition, police conducted 1623 foot patrols (an increase of 6.98%, over the same period last year).
Chief Tom Pape said “the decline in the number of calls-for-service is a very positive trend and is allowing us to be more proactive by increasing foot patrols. The BEAT-patrol is particularly effective because our officers are out in the community looking to help, and wherever possible divert individuals to appropriate resources which are already available.”
Based on the BEAT-patrol’s success in the City, the program is expected to be implemented in the Town of Poughkeepsie, under a shared-services grant from Dutchess County.