August 2014

Seneca Falls Police

August 2014

Monthly Report

Town of Seneca Falls

Board Meeting

September 2, 2014

Submitted by: Chief Stuart W. Peenstra

August Statistics

In the month of August 2014, the Seneca Falls Police Department handled 764 calls for service. Of these 764 calls for service, 56 resulted in criminal arrests. The Seneca Falls Police Department responded to 31 traffic accidents. SFPD also conducted 110 traffic stops for the month of August with 73 traffic tickets issued and 13 Driving While Intoxicated arrests.

In comparing August 2013 to August of 2014, calls for service were down 7% (824/764); criminal arrests were down 23% (73/56); traffic arrests were down 56% (166/73); traffic accidents were down 27% (43/31); and Driving While Intoxicated arrests were up 62% (8/13).

The Seneca Falls Police Department was assisted by outside law enforcement agencies on 39 calls for service and assisted other outside law enforcement agencies on 23 calls for service in the month of August 2014.

Criminal Investigation Division

During August of 2014 the Criminal Investigation Division of the Seneca Falls Police Department arrested (1) individual on (1) Felony and (1) Misdemeanor charge(s).

CID completed several interviews during August of 2014 and was assigned approximately (18) new cases during August of 2014. CID covered some road hours during August of 2014 and some of the (18) new cases were radio dispatches for calls for service. Of the (18) cases, (9) are closed leaving (7) cases for further follow up in September of 2014.

Both CID members prepared for and testified in regards to the second Bill Cram Chevrolet trial in August of 2014. As a result, a second conviction on all counts was received. As of August, there is one more trial pending in this case.

CID and road patrol members assisted the Seneca County Narcotics Unit during August of 2014 in which (2) individuals were arrested by the unit.

CID attended / instructed Firearms training at the Waterloo Pistol and Rifle Club during August of 2014.

 

Training

 On August 26th and August 27th, 2014, Firearms/Taser/Article 35 training was conducted and completed by the following officers. Training was held at the Waterloo Rifle Club in Waterloo, NY. Training was provided by Chief Peenstra, Sgt/Inv Calabrese, PT Officer Roden, and NYSPP Officer John Seeley.

Chief Peenstra                                             PO Quick

Sgt/Inv Calabrese                                      PO Denny

Sgt/Inv Petrocci                                         PO Gentile

Sgt Snyder                                                   PO Davids

Sgt Hawker                                                 PO Cleere

Sgt Poole                                                     PO Clouston

Sgt Reynolds                                              PO Burlew

PO Kidd

PO Zettlemoyer

Grants

The Seneca Falls Police Department applied for funds from the New York Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) Community Overdose Prevention (COP) program. On May 23, 2014 the Attorney General’s Office announced that the Seneca Falls Police Department has been approved to receive reimbursements under the COP program.

The OAG has reserve up to $1961.75 specifically for the Seneca Falls Police Department. This figure includes $1140 in funds for the reimbursement of 19 complete naloxone kits and for $821.75 in costs associated with training.

Naloxone is a prescription medication that can be used to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. Specifically, it displaces opioids from the receptors in the brain that control the central nervous system and respiratory system. It is marketed under various trademarks, including Narcan®.

The Seneca Falls Police Department is commitment to fighting the destruction caused by prescription and illegal opioids in our community. With the help of this grant, the Seneca Falls Police Department will soon help prevent unnecessary deaths resulting from opioid overdose.

On August 22nd 2014, Chief Peenstra attended a grant announcement which was held at the New York State Fair by Attorney General Scheiderman. The Seneca Falls Police Department applied for a grant through the New York Office of the Attorney General’s (“OAG”) Bullet Proof Vest Partnership (“inVEST”) and was one of thirteen agencies in Central New York to receive this award. The Seneca Falls Police Department is pleased to announce that they have been selected to receive vest reimbursement funding from the inVEST Partnership. The OAG will reimburse the department for 50% of the purchase of 4 protective vests, or up to $3,000.00

On July 28 2014 the Seneca Falls Police Department received a grant announcement from the Federal Bulletproof Vest Partnership in the amount of $1,878.79. This money will be used to reimburse the town up to 50% of the purchase of new and replacement body armor for members of the Seneca Falls Police Department. It is highly recommended that body armor for each officer is replaced every five years.

In February of 2014 The Town of Seneca Falls Police Department applied for a grant from the New York State Archives’ Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund (LGRMIF) in order to inventory 300 cubic feet of Police Department case files, as well as to purge materials that have passed their retention date.

In August of 2014 the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department was awarded the total amount requested $16,321. The grant will be broken down to $7,070 for staffing, approximately 404 hrs. @ $17.50 a hr. and $9,251 for supplies and materials such as new 32″x 42″x72″ 18 gauge steel shelving; boxes; and labels.

Kathryn Lankford, who is currently the part-time Deputy Clerk for the Town of Seneca Falls and has experience carrying out NYS Archives projects and familiarity with a variety of Town records, will be hired part-time at a rate of pay of $17.50 to execute this grant.

STOP DWI Reimbursement

The Seneca Falls Police Department received a reimbursement check from the Seneca County Treasurer’s Office in the amount of $3,637.60 for STOP DWI Enforcement in the Town of Seneca Falls for the first half of 2014. The reimbursement money comes from fines paid from prior DWI Offenders.

Seneca County STOP DWI also recently purchased 2 new radar units that replaced older that have been installed in vehicles for many years. The costs for these two new radar units were $5,748. Money to purchase this was also paid for by prior DWI convictions and fines collected.

Staffing

On August 19 2014 Chief Peenstra along with the Public Safety Committee, consisting of Supervisor Earle and Councilman Bove met with members of the Seneca Falls School District including Superintendent Bob McKeveny; Seneca Falls School District Board of Education President and members of the Seneca Falls School District Personnel Committee regarding the possibility of a joint venture between the school district and police department regarding the possibility of a future School Resource Officer. This was the group’s first broad-based conceptual discussion about a School Resource Officer. Future discussion about the proposed position is scheduled to take place September 16th.

Parking / Harbor Attendant Report

Handicap parking:

There were a total of 19 handicapped parking tickets written between Fall St. and State Street:

• Four (3) of these tickets were ripped up due to the person showing their handicap tag in which they did not place on their rear view mirror.

• Two (4) of these tickets were voided at the police station due to them showing their handicap tag when they came in.

• Eleven (13) tickets were given and the process of them showing up to court was begun.

Data:

• 1st Week o 5 Tickets written 2 Voided

•2nd Week o 5 Tickets Written 2 Voided

•3rd Week o 4 Tickets Written 0 Voided

•4th Week o 5 Ticket Written 3 Voided

Two (2) hour parking:

There were a total of 28 courtesy tickets written for the purpose of the two (2) hour parking.

•Forty-nine (28) tickets were written due to staying longer then the two hours allotted.

•Twelve (13) of these tickets were written to out of state vehicles.

Data:

•1st Week o 5 Courtesy tickets written

•2nd Week o 6 Courtesy tickets written

•3rd Week o 9 Courtesy tickets written

•4th Week o 8 Courtesy tickets written

Due to the courtesy tickets being written, there were 2 repeat offenders.

Harbor:

For the month of August, there were a total of forty (37) boats who registered when docking at the harbor.

•1st week o 9 Boats

•2nd Week o 6 Boats

•3rd Week o 8 Boats

•4th Week o 14 Boats

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