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 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]
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 April 30th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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On Monday, April 29, City of Poughkeepsie police
officials gave detailed insights into their work, including new initiatives
involving community policing and having a school resource officer in the city
Department officials also gave the Common Council updates on the implementation of body cameras for officers and training in procedural justice and understanding implicit bias.
Recently, the state Division of Criminal Justice Services released statistics 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 April 15th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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On Tuesday and Wednesday (April 16th &17th), from roughly 8am until 6pm, HBO will be filming in the area of Mt. Carmel Pl., Delafield St., Hoffman St., Bain Ave., Washington St., and Verazzano Blvd.
Parking is restricted in those areas. Temporary “No Parking” signs have been placed with the appropriate dates and times. Vehicular traffic will be affected as intermittent road closures will be necessary. Please plan accordingly.
Posted April 10th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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City of Poughkeepsie Police Department has bolstered its ranks, with seven
recruits being sworn-in as officers during a ceremony Wednesday.
new officers are: Justin P. Consalvo, Danielle M. Costa, Paul Henne, Kyriacos
Kyriacou, Gregory Schweizer, Kevin Smith and Robert Prince.
Mayor Rob Rolison officiated, saying “This is a great day for the City of Poughkeepsie. Public safety is the utmost concern, and we have been able to replenish the ranks steadily in the effort to get us back to full force.”
City Police Chief Thomas Pape said, “These officers will greatly help our department curb crime and keep people safe. With the community’s help, we are making excellent strides, as demonstrated by the most recent statistics on violent crimes in the city.”
week, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services released trends
tracked over a10-year period that show many categories of violent crimes have
decreased in the City of Poughkeepsie.
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 that same timeframe.
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 92 officers, including the officers added Wednesday.
swearing-in ceremony took place in the Poughkeepsie Common Council Chambers at
Posted April 2nd, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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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.
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
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.”
crimes have dropped from 417 in 2009 to 216 in 2018, a 48.2 percent decrease.
are down from 206 in 2009 to 59 in 2018, a 71.4 percent decrease.
have declined from 274 in 2009 to 85 in 2018, a 69 percent decrease.
crimes also have been reduced – from 1,030 in 2009 to 494 in 2018, a 52 percent
have dipped from 691 in 2009 to 374 in 2018, a 45.9 percent decrease.
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.
Posted March 16th, 2019 — Filed under Press Release
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On Monday March 11, 2019, at approximately 4:00pm, The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department responded to the intersection of the east-bound arterial highway and Hammersley Avenue for multiple calls for a fight involving a large group of students walking home from school. The Police Department is aware of a 17-second video, posted to social media, of a police response which spanned more than ten minutes. There are multiple juveniles in the video who appear to be recording the incident with their mobile phones. The Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in identifying any witnesses to the incident and providing any additional video that may be available.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the City of Poughkeepsie Police Detective Division at 845-451-4142.
The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department has obtained from a member of the community a new video taken approximately fifteen to twenty minutes prior to the Monday March 11, 2019 incident. It is believed that this incident is the precursor to the police response at Hammersley Avenue and Church Street. The Police Department is attempting to identify the victim and aggressors in this incident. There are multiple witnesses to this incident as it was during school dismissal and two blocks from the high school. This violent, tumultuous act occurred at the intersection of South White Street and Fox Terrace. At this time the Police Department has not had any victim of this violent assault come forward to report the incident.
We appreciate the public’s patience during the investigation of this incident and are asking the community’s continued assistance in providing any information available to the City of Poughkeepsie Police Detective Division at 845-451-4142.
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.
Closest event parking will be in the following locations:
Liberty Street, Academy Street, Financial Lot (high rise across from Mid-Hudson Civic Center).
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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 freemedical 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.
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 www.medicalert.org/leap for more information.