April 2013

Seneca Falls Police April 2013

Monthly Report

 Town of Seneca Falls

Board Meeting

May 7, 2013

 Submitted by: Chief Stuart W. Peenstra

 April Statistics

In the month of April 2013, the Seneca Falls Police Department handled 687 calls for service.  Of these 687 calls for service, 100 resulted in criminal arrests. The Seneca Falls Police Department responded to 26 traffic accidents.  SFPD also conducted 194 traffic stops for the month of April, with 159 traffic tickets issued and 9 Driving While Intoxicated arrests.

In comparing April 2013 to April of 2012, calls for service were up by 86 (601/687); Criminal arrests were up by 41 (51/100); traffic arrests were up by 83 (76/159); traffic accidents were down by 6 (32/26); and Driving While Intoxicated arrests were up by 6 (3/9).

The Seneca Falls Police Department was assisted by outside law enforcement agencies on 28 calls for service and assisted other outside law enforcement agencies on 1 call for service in the month of April 2013. 


 The 2012 Seneca Falls Police Department Year End Report is now complete and viewable on our web site.  It is with great pride that Chief Peenstra submit’s this report which details the department’s activities during the 2012 year.

 The 2012 year was a year of transition for not only the Department, but the community as well.  The 2012 report gives comparisons between the department’s activity between 2011, when the department protected the village and 2012, when the department protected the town.  The Seneca Falls Police Department met these challenges and exceeded expectations through dedication, integrity, and professionalism.

 Investigation Report

During the month of April 2013, the Criminal Investigation Division (AKA CID) of the SFPD arrested five individuals on a total of eleven charges. Five of the eleven charges were felony level charges. One case was multi-jurisdictional and ended with additional charges being filed by The New York State Police. Another case involved a sexual relationship between a 14 y/o female and a 30 y/o male, with charges filed against the male for two counts of rape second.

Approximately six new cases were adopted by CID, one case being a non-criminal confidential investigation. Additionally, CID provided assistance to the road patrol with a handful of interview’s / investigations, the most notable case being; the identification and arrest of the subject’s responsible for making graffiti on the south side of town.

Approximately four cases were closed by application for an arrest warrant or no prosecution / incident closed, the most notable case being; the Grand Larceny of laptop computers from Wal-Mart in December of 2012. The suspect in the case was positively identified and an arrest warrant was obtained. Members of SFPD will be producing the suspect to Seneca Falls Town Court in May of 2013 as he is incarcerated in another county.

CID continued to work on numerous open cases from the previous months, including the Felony criminal mischief to Bill Cram Chevrolet.

Additionally, evidence was transported to the Monroe County Crime Lab and Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office for forensic testing.

 Noteworthy cases

 On April 2, 2013 our Department received several reports of vandalism that was done throughout the Town. Several buildings and signs in the Town had been spray painted with graffiti. Upon investigation, four subjects were arrested for the crimes and charged with numerous counts of Conspiracy and Making Graffiti.

On April 25, 2013 Chief Peenstra spoke to Mrs. Diane Cappellino’s Business Law Class at Mynderse High School.  Chief Peenstra gave a presentation to the class about his career in law enforcement and the responsibilities of being the Town of Seneca Falls Police Chief.  Many of the students in Mrs. Cappellino’s class are considering a career in law enforcement.

 Officer Accommodation

 In the early hours of Sunday March 17, 2013 Seneca Falls Police were dispatched to a residence on State Route 5/20 for a report of a stabbing.  Upon arrival, responding officers located two male subjects that were injured with stab wounds.  One male subject was lying on the floor bleeding profusely.  Sergeant Poole used a clothing belt to apply a “make shift” tourniquet in an attempt to slow the bleeding.  Sergeant Poole also applied direct pressure to the victims severed artery for over an hour before mechanical control was achieved.  The victim lost an extensive amount of blood and required two quarts of IV fluid in order to support his blood pressure.  John Barnard, who was North Seneca Ambulance’s Critical Care Technician on scene, stated that in his professional opinion, the victim would not have survived the trip to the hospital without the immediate action of Sergeant Poole.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend Sergeant Poole for his actions that night.  I am presenting Sergeant Poole with a Lifesavings Citation for his heroic actions that night which ultimately saved this individual’s life.   


 The Seneca Falls Police Department applied for a number of grants in the month of April.


  1. Chief Peenstra applied for a Federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership grant.  If approved, this grant will reimburse 50% of the total cost of body armor for new Police Officers or replace worn out body armor for existing Police Officers. Last year’s grant was approved for $1,532.

 2.  Sergeant Petrocci worked with J.O. Connell and Associates on the 2014 Police Traffic          Services (PTS) Grant through the New York State Government Safety Committee.

 The PTS grant program could fund such things as enforcement for violations including speed, dangerous driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving, seat belt and child restraint violations and a number of other specific enforcement needs in the Town of Seneca Falls. This program could also fund this agency to conduct traffic enforcement details based on the crash data given in our patrol area with the goal of impacting motorist behavior and improving traffic safety within the Town of Seneca Falls.

 3.  Officer Reynolds applied for and received an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)     grant to purchase 4 new Philips Heart Start FX AED’s.  The approved grant saved over $700.  The additional funding needed for these AED’s were 100% covered by the generous donations from: Seneca Meadows Inc.; The Seneca Falls Elks Club; The Grumpy Old Men’s Club; and The Seneca Falls American Legion.

Once the AED’s arrive it will allow every Officer on duty to carry one of these lifesaving devices.  The Seneca Falls Police Department has several CPR saves in the past several years and without our well-trained Officers and the deployment of an AED, these lives may not have been saved.


 On April 9, 2013, Chief Peenstra attended the 2013 Prevention, Law Enforcement and Coalitions Conference to Prevent, Combat and Reduce Underage Alcohol Consumption, which was held at the Holiday Inn in Rochester, NY.

On April 15, 2013, Sgt Michael Poole began his three week training in a Police Supervision Course which is being held at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility in Rochester, NY.

 During the Month of April 2013 members of the Seneca Falls Police Dept. completed online courses on the following topics:

 Officer Safety: Behaviors that Can Cost You Your Life – Officer Denny

 Officer Safety: Pre Attack Behavioral Indicators – Officer Denny

 Officer Safety: Unspoken Dialogue 1: Body Signs – Officer Denny

 Domestic Violence: Primary Aggressor – Officer Lichak

 Officer Robert Mansell:

Officer Dragged

Crime Scene Response

Bloodstain Evidence in Shooting Scenes

Response to Armed Robbery

Protection of Crime Scenes 1 and 2

Simulations Marking Cartridge Safety

Approaches on Foot

Mind over Body

Talk and Be Safe

Weapon Retention

Active Killer

Tactical Thinking: Secure and Transport

Tactical Thinking

Traffic Stops Environmental Concerns

Edged Weapon Control

Verbal Judo

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