Traffic Alert: Friday, September 7th – First Friday PK+ThinkDIFFERENTLY: Bee the Light

On Friday, September 7th, from 1:15pm to 9:00pm, motorists should expect impacts around Market Street & Main Street during the First Friday Poughkeepsie and ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash events:

  • 1:15PM: Market St east side lanes will close to car traffic (from Church St. to Main St.) Only one lane (westside) will be open for vehicles.
  • 4:15PM – 8:30PM: Market St will close completely and will remain closed till end of event
  • 4:15PM: The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash packet pick up will begin across from 22 Market Street (DMV building)
  • 5:00PM: First Friday begins (road closed from Church St-Arterial east bound to Main St County Court House.)
  • 5:15PM-6:30PM: Additional city street closures will occur on Main, Academy, and Cannon Streets see race route below
  • 5:30PM: Think DIFFERENTLY Dash and Queen City Mile start

The Think DIFFERENTLY Dash race route is as follows: Start in front of 22 Market Street. Take right on Main Street to light at Academy St. Right on Academy to Cannon St. Right on Cannon back to Market. Right unto Market St. to finish. The Think DIFFERENTLY Dash is one loop around and the Queen City Mile will be two loops around.

Event Parking

Closest event parking will be in the following locations:

Liberty Street, Academy Street, Financial Lot (high rise across from Mid-Hudson Civic Center).

Carpooling is encouraged.

City BEAT-Patrol Program Update

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.

Hooked on Fishing – May 5, 2018

Hooked on Fishing

Sponsored by the City of Poughkeepsie Police Athletic League and the Hudson Valley Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs

WHEN: Saturday, May 05, 2018
WHERE: Morgan Lake
TIME: 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Open to ALL kids under the age of 16 (NO adult fishing during event). All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own fishing gear/tackle.

Prizes and raffles will be available – light refreshments.

CPPD PAL: 845-451-4163

City Police Partner with MedicAlert Foundation to Provide Free Medical IDs and Services to Community Members At-Risk for Wandering

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, in partnership with MedicAlert Foundation, has announced a free program aimed to protect community members with dementia and autism who are at-risk for wandering emergencies. Through the new program, the Poughkeepsie PD will now be able to enroll City of Poughkeepsie residents (and their caregivers), via an online portal, into the MedicAlert national registry/database to receive a free medical identification bracelet and free 24/7 emergency support services.

While the wandering statistics for Alzheimer’s disease and autism are staggering (6 in 10 adults with Alzheimer’s or related dementia will wander, and 50% of individuals with autism spectrum disorders will engage in elopement behavior); MedicAlert has been hailed as an important part of the overall safety plan for families with a loved one at-risk of wandering. The charity reports that there is a 98% success rate for locating missing persons when MedicAlert products and services are utilized.

MedicAlert has developed specialized services to address wandering emergencies: MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® is for individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, and MedicAlert Found® is for children and adults with autism spectrum and developmental disorders. These services are being offered at no charge to community members, along with a free MedicAlert identification bracelet. “We know that wandering is a grave concern for families, especially those with loved ones who have a dementia or autism spectrum diagnosis,” says David Leslie, President and CEO for MedicAlert Foundation. “Therefore, we are pleased to work with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department to further protect their community members who are at risk.”

“We are very fortunate to be able to provide this service to some of our most vulnerable residents and I would like to thank the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, but especially the MedicAlert Foundation for helping us with this lifesaving program,” stated City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.

Free Medical ID & 24/7 Services

Families that are interested in obtaining the free medical ID and 24/7 services should contact Christopher Bodin of the City of Poughkeepsie PD at 845-451-4104 or visit

About MedicAlert Foundation

Established in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, responsive, and trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert Foundation medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a member’s primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loved ones. MedicAlert Foundation’s L.E.A.P. program is a nation-wide program available to all law enforcement agencies who wish to protect their community members who are at-risk for wandering, visit for more information.