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Violent Crime Stats: Decrease in Poughkeepsie Over a 10-Year Period

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services has released trends tracked over a 10-year period that show many categories of violent crimes have decreased in the City of Poughkeepsie.

Through its Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative, the Division of Criminal Justice Services targets 20 jurisdictions within 17 counties upstate, including the City of Poughkeepsie, and on Long Island.

Referring to trends in Poughkeepsie, Mayor Rob Rolison said, “There are highly encouraging signs here. While there always will be more work to do, the city police department and public should be proud of this headway.”


  • Violent crimes have dropped from 417 in 2009 to 216 in 2018, a 48.2 percent decrease.
  • Robberies are down from 206 in 2009 to 59 in 2018, a 71.4 percent decrease.
  • Burglaries have declined from 274 in 2009 to 85 in 2018, a 69 percent decrease.
  • Property crimes also have been reduced – from 1,030 in 2009 to 494 in 2018, a 52 percent decrease.
  • Larcenies have dipped from 691 in 2009 to 374 in 2018, a 45.9 percent decrease.
  • And firearm-related violent crimes have dropped from 90 in 2009 to 43 in 2018.

Last year, the City of Poughkeepsie also passed measures intended to retain officers and attract them from other departments. The city has subsequently increased its ranks from 79 to 86 officers. The city also will be swearing in six more officers on April 10.

“We’re grateful to be making progress on curbing crime in Poughkeepsie, and for the help we get from our state partners,” said City Police Chief Thomas Pape.

Though the Division of Criminal Justice Services, GIVE provides state funding to law enforcement to support operations, training and technical assistance. In 2018, GIVE jurisdictions reported the lowest ever index crime total in the 10-year period.  You can read the entire report here: http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/wp-content/files/mayor/GIVE10YearTrendbyJurisdiction.pdf