The City is aware of a planned peaceful protest at Harriet Tubman Park between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. City officials have conferred with the event organizers to ensure that a peaceful protest and peaceful message is conveyed to all participants. Please be advised that during this event, motorists can expect delays near the Mid-Hudson Bridge and surrounding roads.
The City of Poughkeepsie held a ceremony outside
Police Headquarters Thursday morning in honor of National Police Week.
Speaking at the ceremony attended by dozens of the
City’s first responders, Mayor Rob Rolison said, “We wanted to thank all the
police officers throughout this country but specifically here in the City of
Poughkeepsie and also to remember all the officers who are no longer with us
who did this job day in and day out with great sacrifice.”
Officer Kevin Van Wagner, Police Benevolent Association president, also spoke and paid tribute to the three City officers who have fallen in the line of duty: Otto G. Albertson, 1916; Raymond Cleveland, 1969; and John M. Falcone, 2011.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.