December 2012

Town of Seneca Falls Board Meeting January 3rd, 2013

Submitted by: Chief Stuart W. Peenstra

December Statistics

In the month of December 2012, the Seneca Falls Police Department handled 640 calls for service.  In comparison to December of 2011, SFPD handled 390 calls for service, which is an increase of 250 calls for this month between the two years.  Of these 640 calls for service, 37 resulted in criminal arrests and 8 required extensive specialized investigation by an Investigator, some of which were turned over to other agencies.  In addition, 20 extensive criminal cases were “closed out” during the month as well.

The Seneca Falls Police Department was assisted by outside law enforcement agencies on 24 calls for service and assisted other outside law enforcement agencies on 4 calls for service in the month of December 2012.

The Seneca Falls Police Department responded to 59 traffic accidents, 5 of which resulted in personal injury; and 4 that were hit and runs.  SFPD also conducted 164 traffic stops for the month of December, with 66 traffic tickets issued.

In the month of December 2012 the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department utilized part-time officers on 123 hours at a rate of $19.15 equaling $2,355.45.  If these same hours were filled by a full-time Sergeant’s / Officer’s rate of $34.97, it would have cost an estimated $4,301.31.  One hundred and eleven hours of shift coverage were required to be filled by Sergeants and Officers which cost $3,598.40 as a result of Part-Time Officers being unavailable.

In 2012 the Seneca Falls Police Department saved $17,025.19 by utilizing part-time Police Officers in lieu of Overtime paid by full-time Police Officers and Sergeants.

Noteworthy Incidents

On December 9th, 2012 the Seneca Falls Police Department received a report of 2 white males who had stolen two desk top computers from a local business. An investigation into this matter resulted in the arrest of 2 males from Union Springs and 1 female from Auburn. The 2 males had previously been warned not to return to the business and were subsequently charged with Grand Larceny 4th and Conspiracy 5th as well as Burglary for coming onto the property where they knew they were not allowed to be and committing a crime while there. The female was charged with Conspiracy 5th.  Due to this investigation and arrest, multiple agencies in multiple counties are now looking into these suspects regarding similar incidents.

On December 21st, 2012 Police were summoned to a local business on the report of a vehicle parked there that had a loaded assault rifle laying in plain view in the back seat. The owner of the vehicle was charged under Environmental Conservation Law with Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Motor Vehicle. The firearm is currently being held by our agency at this time.


During the end of November and the beginning of December, 2012 all Officers in the Seneca Falls Police Department successfully completed firearms qualifications for carrying their duty weapons. Qualifications were held at the Waterloo Rifle and Pistol Club on November 26th, 2012 and on December 3rd, 2012.

On December 5th and 6th, 2012 Officer Craig Reynolds, Officer Brandon Manheim and Officer James Chechak attended Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Training held at the Fingerlakes Law Enforcement Academy in Hopewell, NY. This course covered Standard Field Sobriety Testing and advanced training in recognition of alcohol or drug impaired drivers.  The overtime associated with attending this class was paid for by Seneca County STOP DWI.

During December 2012, Sergeant Eric Calabrese and Officer Daniel Jacobsen took and passed the NCIC certification exam. This exam covers the rules and regulations governing the use and dissemination of persons Criminal History maintained in the State and Federal Computer systems.

On December 11th and 12th, 2012 Chief Stuart Peenstra, Sgt. Eric Calabrese and Sgt. Michael Petrocci attended Search Warrant Training held at the Fingerlakes Law Enforcement Academy in Hopewell, NY. This training covered the proper procedure in preparing, procuring and executing search warrants.


On December 24 2012 full-time Officer James Chechak resigned from the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department to take a full-time position with the Village of Waterloo Police Department.  This resignation has let a vacant full-time police officer position within the department.  I would like to thank Officer Chechak for the excellent service he provided to this agency and the community.


On December 12, 2012 the Seneca Falls Police Department received a check from Seneca County STOP DWI in the amount of $2,946.32.  The check is reimbursement during the months of November and December for overtime hours obtained through STOP DWI enforcement or department training.

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