Posted March 23rd, 2020 — Filed under Press Release
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City of Poughkeepsie Police Department would like to inform all community
members with regard to Police operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Poughkeepsie police department is
operational and currently fully staffed. The support staff is working from home
to the extent that they can so you may have a delay in receiving a return call
from our records department and other non – emergency business. At this time
the 911 center is fully staffed and operational for emergency calls. All
emergency police calls will be answered and police officers will be dispatched
to the location.
The following are procedures that will be followed by police department personnel regarding non-emergency calls for service and reports being filed.
1 – The lobby of the police station continues to be open 24 hours per day. Any visitors to the lobby to make a non-emergency police report, will be limited to one person inside at a time.
2 – All “non-emergency” police reports can be made by using “online reporting.”
3 – All “non-emergency” calls requesting an officer, will be screened by a public safety dispatcher. Some calls may be handled by an officer or civilian over the phone and a report filed.
4 – Responding police officers will limit their exposure during responses to non-emergency calls. Reporting persons/complainants will be requested to meet officers outside of their residence or current location. The officers will offer further direction to reporting persons/complainants.
Posted February 28th, 2020 — Filed under Press Release
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The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department would like to inform the public of expected traffic delays in the Downtown Poughkeepsie area from Friday 2/28 – Sunday 3/1/20 due to multiple sold-out events at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and other nearby venues.
Motorists traveling in the area of this event may experience delays and should consider alternative routes, if possible.
Those attending any of the shows should plan accordingly and allow plenty of extra time for arrival. The public should expect limited on-street parking and are encouraged to use City Municipal Parking lots which include:
Garden Street Lot
Financial Plaza Parking Deck
Cannon Street Lot
Academy Street Lot
Crannell Street Lot
Conklin Street Lot
The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department would like to remind motorists to pay full attention whenever operating any motor vehicle and to be mindful of heavy pedestrian traffic that may be associated with special events.
Street closings are subject to change without notice based upon unanticipated events and prevailing conditions. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Posted January 23rd, 2020 — Filed under Press Release
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City of Poughkeepsie uniformed police officers are
now equipped with body-worn cameras, a move designed to improve the safety of
both the officers and the public.
The City is investing $510,120 in the equipment over
the next five years. The department’s 65 body-worn cameras include docking
stations for charging and downloading and clothing-mounting hardware. Last
year, the City entered into a 5-year lease with AXON, a company that provides
law enforcement, military and civilians with technology, such as body-worn
The cameras will provide more transparency about how
officers operate in the field – and about the situations to which they respond.
The City has consulted with experts to develop policies that comply with
federal and state laws and follow best practices.
excited about this latest development,” said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob
Rolison. “It’s part of a year-long rollout of initiatives that has made the
department stronger and should instill even more public confidence in our
initiatives include hiring new officers to bring the Police Department back to
full strength, deploying a school resource officer in the
City of Poughkeepsie School District, restoring the community policing unit,
and improving the complaint form process. Both the body-worn camera policy and
the complaint form are available on the City Police Department’s webpage, https://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/police-department/.
Statistics also are showing that most categories of violent crimes have dropped dramatically over the last decade in the City. “Just as they have with these other changes, the officers handled the body camera training exceedingly well,” said Police Chief Thomas Pape. “We look forward to continuing to serve the public and believe the cameras will prove an asset to the City.”
Posted October 15th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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City of Poughkeepsie officials were joined by
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney at a press conference today to outline how
federal funds will bolster the city’s police ranks.
The city already has taken steps to retain officers
and attract them from other departments and has increased its ranks from 79 to 89
officers. Consequently, the City is now able to access $630,000 from the
Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) funds that
Congressman Maloney helped to secure in 2015. The City Police Department had to
be staffed at a certain level to be eligible to use the funds.
“We appreciate Congressman Maloney’s leadership and
determination to see the city get to the point where we could make use of these
funds,” Mayor Rob Rolison said. “The congressman continues to be strong
advocate for the City and for addressing its needs.”
“Our brave police officers put their lives on the line every day to
protect our communities, which is why I’ve made it my priority to fight for the
resources they need to keep crime off our streets. I’m proud to stand with
Mayor Rolison and Police Chief Pape as we celebrate new hires on the force and
safer communities in the Hudson Valley,” said Congressman
Since joining Congress in 2013, Congressman Maloney
has fought for significant investments to police and fire departments
throughout the Hudson Valley. Funding for police has been used primarily to
hire more police officers and fortify community policing efforts.
This grant will enable the City to hire up to five
additional police officers.
City Police Chief Thomas Pape said, “These officers
will greatly aid our department to curb crime and do more community policing.
The City is firmly committed to public safety, as demonstrated by recently
released statistics showing most categories of violent crimes have dropped
dramatically over the last decade.”
Earlier this year, the New York State Division of
Criminal Justice Services released trends tracked over a10-year period that
show violent crimes dropped from 417 in 2009 to 216 in 2018, a 48.2 percent
decrease. Robberies, burglaries, and property crimes also have fallen by 50
percent or more during that same timeframe.
The City’s Police
Officer Retention Program has raised salaries for officers, keeping the City
competitive with its neighbors and other regional police departments. As a
result, the City has restored the community policing unit, which
allows officers to concentrate on patrolling particular areas of the city in
order to form a stronger bond with the citizens living and working there.
The City also has placed a school resource officer
in the Poughkeepsie City School District.
Posted September 4th, 2019 — Filed under Community Event
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Join us Friday, Sept. 6, 5-8:30pm, at 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie as First Friday Poughkeepsie partners with Dutchess Tourism, Inc. to present the 4th Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash. Come celebrate the phenomenon First Friday PK has become through the support of the City of Poughkeepsie and its amazing people!
The 4th Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash is a 1 mile run/walk for individuals of all abilities in the heart of the City of Poughkeepsie. It’s the perfect way to kick off the city wide First Friday street dance party – join us in the fun!
Traffic Notice & Parking Information
& the #ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash – Queen City Mile—run/walk for all
abilities — will take place in #CityofPoughkeepsie Friday,
1:30PM 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.
3:15PM – 8:30PM Market St will close completely and will remain closed till end of event
4:30PM The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash packet pick up will beginacross from 22 Market Street (DMV building)
5:00PM First Friday begins
5:45PM-6:30PM Additional city street closures will occur on Main, Academy, and Cannon Streets
6:00PM 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 (1) loop around and the Queen City Mile will be (2) loops around.
Motorists should expect impacts in this area
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
Posted August 22nd, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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The City of
Poughkeepsie is offering new ways for residents to receive emergency
notifications and encourages people to sign up for them.
Through the Hyper-Reach Broadcast system, residents
can select whether they want to receive notifications via email, text message
or telephone call, or a combination of these options.
is cutting edge and should prove to be the most responsive to the public’s
needs,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.
The system can
be used in an array of circumstances, from locating missing children to
evacuating a neighborhood in the event of an emergency. You can also choose for
automatic weather alerts specific for the City of Poughkeepsie. You can enter
your home, business, and/or church address, or an address of a family member
who lives in the City of Poughkeepsie.
important people fill out the information carefully,” said Christopher Bodin, Network
Support Specialist of the City of Poughkeepsie Police /911 system. “For
instance, please be sure to choose the correct street address so that any
emergency alerts affecting only your immediate area will reach you.”
From the down menu, you can select cell phone, voice
and/or text messages, landline or home/business phone, TDD/TTY for the hearing
impaired, and/or an email address. You can also choose more than one phone
number or email for the specific address.
messages will be coordinated with the assistance of the City of Poughkeepsie
E-911 Center and the City of Poughkeepsie Police Public Information Office.
The system can also be used to send out
non-emergency community messages, such as known road closures and community
activities, to anyone who has signed up to receive alerts.
“We’re honored to have been selected by the
City of Poughkeepsie to provide its emergency alerts,” said Sam Asher,
President of Hyper-Reach. “It’s
gratifying to be part of an effort to save lives and protect property and we
take that responsibility very seriously.”
If more information including any issues related to signing up, contact Christopher Bodin of the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department at 845-451-4104 or by email at [email protected]
The City of
Poughkeepsie Police Athletic League is hosting a “National Night Out” event on
Tuesday Aug. 6 to enhance the relationship between community members and law
enforcement officials in a fun and positive way.
The event, which features games, presentations
and food, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. outside City Hall.
“This is a great opportunity to explain, in a
fun way, the important work our first responders do,” said Chief of Police Tom
Pape. “It’s essential, especially for children, to have a clear understanding
that police officers and other first responders are there to help, to put the
public’s safety first.”
The event will feature demonstrations by
the police department’s K-9 unit, bicycle and motorcycle patrols. Other first
responders will be attendance as well.
“This is a good way to introduce kids to our
first responders with a hands-on approach — they can touch the vehicles and
equipment and ask questions and interact with the workers,” said Karen Zirbel,
the department’s school resource officer and one of the event’s organizers.
National Night Out also will feature
foods, including hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn and slushy machines. There
will be a petting zoo, DJ, bouncy house, face painting, and over 70 community
partners and vendors. Free books also
will be distributed during the event to promote literacy.
The Police Athletic League is funded solely by
donations, and 100 percent of the proceeds go back into the City of
Poughkeepsie community. The organization’s mission is to decrease the number of
youth involved in criminal activity and to increase their involvement in
positive activities, such as softball games, fishing derbies, and bowling
tournaments. The league has sponsored some sporting teams and events for local
children and runs the Adopt-A-Family Holiday Toy Drive and Delivery each year.
Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/PoughkeepsiePAL
Celebrated the first Tuesday in August,
National Night Out brings out millions of people across the country.
Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various
other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events,
visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much more.
Posted July 16th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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The City of Poughkeepsie has received the results of surveys sent to randomly selected households to gauge the public’s feelings about community-police interactions. The surveys included dozens of questions, ranging from people’s perception and fear of crime to their satisfaction and encounters with police.
For instance, when asked to rate the safety of their
neighborhood, 65 percent responded their neighborhood is safe or very safe,
compared to 11 percent saying their neighborhood is very dangerous or
The surveys were sent out in English and Spanish and
could be filled out anonymously. They were initially mailed to 3,000 residents
across the eight wards within the City of Poughkeepsie. Reminder postcards were
sent out two weeks after the initial mailing, and an additional 800 surveys
were sent out to the four least responsive wards. There were a total of 389
surveys returned, a 10.24 percent response rate.
“We appreciate those who took the time to fill out
the survey,” said Mayor Rob Rolison. “But our work is far from done. Our
outreach efforts will occur on a continuing basis. Our officers are out on the
streets every day interacting with people in positive ways.”
The Marist College Center for Social Justice
Research aided with the survey and tabulated the results.
“The Marist Center for Social Justice Research
(MCSJR) facilitates interdisciplinary research teams of faculty, students, and
community partners to conduct engaged social science research with direct
impact on the mid-Hudson Valley region,” said Dr. Carol Rinke, Associate
Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Marist Center for Social Justice
“For this project, MCSJR partnered with the City of
Poughkeepsie Police Department to collect, analyze, and report on data from the
2018 community survey.”
The survey is just one of many initiatives the
police department has undertaken to strengthen community relations. Earlier
this year, police placed a school resource officer in the City of Poughkeepsie
School District, improved the complaint form process and restored the community
policing unit. The department is working on other strategies, including
equipping the officers with body cameras and completing implicit bias training.
“The survey is helpful,” said Police Chief Tom Pape.
“It gives us insights about what the community is thinking. That will aid us
out in the streets, and as we continue with our internal training and public
The results of this survey come on the heels of a report from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services showing a decrease in crime in the city. Specifically, violent crimes have dropped from 417 in 2009 to 216 in 2018, a 48.2 percent decrease. And robberies, burglaries and property crimes also have fallen by 50 percent or more during the same timeframe.
Posted June 12th, 2019 — Filed under Initiatives
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The City of
Poughkeepsie Police Department will once again participate in the Governor’s
Traffic Safety Committee’s “Operation See! Be Seen!” campaign, designed to
raise awareness about keeping pedestrians safe across the state.
During this two-week
campaign, from June 14 through June 27, city police will be patrolling busy
pedestrian corridors and issuing warning notices, tickets and informative tip
cards to both motorists and pedestrians found violating the law. More than a dozen
law enforcement agencies, including Poughkeepsie, will cover 20 “focus
communities” identified in the statewide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, where
pedestrian crash volume is highest outside of New York City.
“We take this matter seriously,” said City of
Poughkeepsie Police Chief Tom Pape. “Making sure pedestrians are safe is
imperative, particularly in a walkable city like Poughkeepsie.”
State officials point
out that more than 25 percent of motor-vehicle-related fatalities are
pedestrians. The majority of those, 61 percent, were related to driver actions,
while 37 percent were deemed to be caused by pedestrian actions.
The education campaign
emphasizes the “See! Be Seen!” message for both drivers and pedestrians. For
instance, drivers must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections.
They should not block crosswalks when stopped at intersections. They should
always look for pedestrians, particularly when turning at a green light or
making a right turn on red.
Pedestrians must cross
at intersections and marked crosswalks. They should use pedestrian push-buttons
where available and wait for the signal to cross. They are reminded that, when
no sidewalks are available, they should walk facing traffic so they see
vehicles and drivers see them.
“With the warmer
weather,” City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison noted, “There are more people
walking in the city. It’s an encouraging sign to see, but it also means drivers
have to stay alert at crosswalks and in other places attracting pedestrians.”
Mayor Rolison said the
city has been embracing the “complete-streets” concept, which means equal
consideration should be given to all users of the street — including
pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and persons with limited mobility. The city has formed a Complete Streets
Working Group and will be doing outreach with the public and other
The state’s enforcement
mobilization is part of the broader Pedestrian Safety Action Plan being
implemented by the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York
State Department of Health and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s
Last year, the city was
awarded $2,430,000 as part of the plan’s grant program. The statewide
initiative calls for a systemic approach to address pedestrian safety issues
and provides funding to local governments to implement low-cost, high-impact
improvements at known hazardous locations.
The city will use the
PSAP funding along corridors, intersections and uncontrolled crosswalks where
the highest pedestrian traffic exists and where past accidents have occurred,
including sites along Main, Mansion, and Market streets. Interventions will include upgrading
high-visibility crosswalks and signage, installing countdown pedestrian timers,
and in some locations introducing curbed pedestrian refuges at crosswalks.