December 2013

Seneca Falls Police 

December 2013

Monthly Report

 Town of Seneca Falls Board Meeting

January 7, 2014

 Submitted by: Chief Stuart W. Peenstra

December Statistics

In the month of December 2013, the Seneca Falls Police Department handled 614 calls for service. Of these 614 calls for service, 30 resulted in criminal arrests. The Seneca Falls Police Department responded to 62 traffic accidents. SFPD also conducted 169 traffic stops for the month of December with 93 traffic tickets issued and 5 Driving While Intoxicated arrests. In comparing December 2013 to December of 2012, calls for service were down 4% (640/614); Criminal arrests were down 18% (37/30); traffic arrests were up 40% (66/93); traffic accidents were up 5% (59/62); and Driving While Intoxicated arrests were up 150% (2/5). The Seneca Falls Police Department was assisted by outside law enforcement agencies on 27 calls for service and assisted other outside law enforcement agencies on 17 calls for service in the month of December 2013.

Criminal Investigation Division

During December 2013 CID was assigned about (6) new investigations. In addition to these new cases, CID continued to work on the numerous open criminal investigations along with assisting the road patrol with investigations. Also during December of 2013, CID started to assist the New York State Police with an open 1985 Homicide investigation. This assistance will carry over into 2014. CID attended SFPD defensive tactics training and completed further mandated online training during December of 2013.

Joint Agency IMPACT Detail

On November 1st, 2013 the Seneca Falls Police Department along with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department conducted a joint IMPACT Detail in the Town of Seneca Falls. The purpose of this detail was to curve criminal activity within the Town of Seneca Falls with a heavy emphasis on drug activity.

Below are the Statistics from the 11/01/13 detail in the Town of Seneca Falls:

21 Traffic Stops

8 Pedestrian Street Stops

3 Probation Contacts (1 juvenile after curfew and 1 probationer in violation due to being intoxicated at a bar)

Responded to:

2 Bar Disturbances

1 Large Crowd Issue (after bar closing time)

1 Domestic Disturbance 1 Fight in Progress Arrests: 1 UPM 1 Fugitive from Justice (Rape charge out of Pennsylvania)


On December 5th and 6th, 2013, all members of the Seneca Falls Police Department completed in service “Defensive Tactics” training. The training was conducted at the Seneca Falls Community Center and instructed by Part-Time Officer Mike Roden. Training included review of Article 35 (Use 0f Force), handcuffing techniques and joint manipulation. Part-Time Officer Roden is a Full-Time Officer with Auburn Police Department. Officer Roden is New York State certified to teach many in-service topics including defensive tactics.

On December 11th, 2013, Chief Peenstra attended the Central New York Multi-CTZ Training Seminar which was held at the Ramada Cortland Conference Center in Cortland, NY. The seminar included topics of: How to Spot and Prevent Active Shooters, Dealing with Explosive Devices in Active Shooter Situations, and the Current Al Qaeda Threat.

All members of the Department completed online training on the topics of Hazardous Materials and Blood Bourne Pathogens. These two topics require a yearly recertification.

Chief Peenstra, Sgt. Petrocci, and Officer Denny completed their online recertification for Breath Test Operation for the Data master. The Data master is an instrument used to determine an individual’s blood alcohol content. Officers certified to operate this instrument are recertification to recertify every two years.


 On December 31st, 2013 Officer Chuck Lafler resigned from the Seneca Falls Police Department. Officer Lafler started Part-Time with the Seneca Falls Police Department in November of 2011. Chuck Lafler retired as a Full-Time Police Sergeant in February of 2008 after completing over 20 years of service for the Village of Seneca Falls. Officer Lafler resigned as a Part-Time Police Officer due to recently being elected as one of the Seneca Falls Town Justices. Officer Lafler’s professionalism will be missed not only by the department, but the community as well.

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