July 2013

Seneca Falls Police

July 2013

Monthly Report

Town of Seneca Falls

Board Meeting

August 6, 2013

Submitted by: Chief Stuart W. Peenstra

July Statistics

In the month of July 2013, the Seneca Falls Police Department handled 784 calls for service. Of these 784 calls for service, 48 resulted in criminal arrests. The Seneca Falls Police Department responded to 33 traffic accidents. SFPD also conducted 204 traffic stops for the month of July with 133 traffic tickets issued and 7 Driving While Intoxicated arrests.

In comparing July 2013 to July of 2012, calls for service were down 4% (814/784); Criminal arrests were down 11% (61/60); traffic arrests were down15% (157/133); traffic accidents were down 25% (49/41); and Driving While Intoxicated arrests were down 46% (13/7).

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 2 calls for service in the month of July 2013.

Criminal Investigation Division

During July of 2013, the Criminal Investigation Division of the SFPD arrested (2) individuals on a total of two charges. There was one felony arrest and one other. This closed out one SFPD / CID case by arrest.

CID also assisted the New York State Police with a 2011 Seneca Falls case involving a home invasion / sexual assault that occurred on Boston Avenue. This case was also closed by indictment / arrest on numerous charges.

CID also assisted the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office with an investigation. The investigation involved a former SFPD case that recently went to trial. This investigation ended with a July 2013 arrest of two individuals by the New York State Police.

Approximately 10 new cases were assigned to CID during July of 2013. Included in the new case load, was the bomb threat incident at the Seneca Falls Wal-Mart.

In addition to the above, CID continued working on the numerous open cases and assisted the road patrol with a handful of investigations.

It is the commitment from everyone at the Seneca Falls Police Department to the community of Seneca Falls to thoroughly investigate every crime to the fullest extent. This commitment is at times extremely time consuming even with the assistance from other Law Enforcement Agencies who also have large caseloads. Due to the large number of time consuming investigations, Sgt. Petrocci was briefly assigned to CID to assist for a few days.

Noteworthy Incidents

1. On July 16th and 17th, 2013 Chief Peenstra assisted Supervisors at ITT (Gould’s Pumps) with a presentation called “Key Workplace Behavioral Issues For Managers – Supporting A Positive Environment” presented by their EAP provider “FEI Behavior Health”. During the presentation, Chief Peenstra spoke to the ITT Supervisors about local drug issues and individual warning signs associated with substance abuse. Chief Peenstra also spoke on indicators of work place violence.

2. On July 19th Chief Peenstra assisted staff from ITT (Gould’s Pumps) with a “table top” exercise. The table top scenario pertained to ITT’s Business continuity drill. This particular table top exercise depicted an employee that was recently laid off due to performance issues. The disgruntled employee returns to the SFO main office reception area with a gun and shoots and employee and holds three others hostage for a number of days causing the entire complex to be shut down during this incident.

3. On July 31st, 2013, Sgt. Hawker visited the Seneca Falls Community Center Pre-School where she read to the children, allowed the children to see the patrol vehicle and spoke about what she does in the community as a Police Officer to help keep them safe.

4. Our Agency in conjunction with the New York State Police were able to solve a burglary/sexual assault that occurred on 8/4/2011 in which a female was attacked and sexually assaulted in her home on Boston Ave in Seneca Falls. Arrested Was Adam J. Briggs age 26 of Seneca Falls. He was charged with 2 counts of Burglary 2nd, 1 ct of Criminal Sex Act, 1ct of Sexual Abuse 1st, 1ct of Assault 2nd and 1ct of Strangulation 2nd.


On July 8th-July 12th, 2013, Officer Reynolds attended and completed the second phase of Drug Recognition Expert training which was held in Phoenix, AZ. This training cost is covered by Stop DWI. Each student who attends this training had to complete a minimum of twelve evaluations on drug impaired individuals, be able to identify subjects under the influence of four of the seven drug categories, as well as successfully passing a Comprehensive Knowledge Examination.

On July 20th, 2013, Sgt. Snyder completed an online training course on Pursuit and Gangs and also Active Shooter Drill. Sgt. Hawker completed the same training on July 28th, 2013.

On July 23rd and 24th, 2013, Officer Daniel Jacobsen attended and completed a two day training course at the NYS Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY for Initial Response to Active Shooter. This course offered as a part of Homeland Security and is free to attend such training. Training consisted of how to effectively locate, maneuver and eliminate an active shooter.

On July 29th, 2013, Chief Peenstra, along with Seneca County DA Barry Porsch, attended the third annual Law Enforcement Summit held at St. John Fischer College in Pittsford, NY. This summit brought together agencies from all different levels of government and was able to share information in regards to crime trends and the offenders that are committing these crimes and also serious threats that are facing surrounding areas.

Below is the training Chief Peenstra attended while he attended the NYS Chief Conference which was held from July 22nd until July 24th.

1. Police Officer Disability Cases Under Section 207-C by Mary Louise Conrow Esq. provided a brief introduction to Sections 207-a and 207-c of the General Municipal Law and the basics of handling a claim, how to handle difficult and complicated claims, interfacing with Workers Compensation, when to file for Disability Retirement, return to work programs and responding to general questions from the audience.

2. Superstorm Sandy: Heard from Police Commissioner Michael Tangney and Chief Miguel Bermudez of their experiences during the historic hurricane that wreaked havoc along the east coast. Long Beach was devastated, including the loss of the police fleet. How did a tropical storm from 2011 help them during the 2012 Super Storm.

3. Understanding the Sovereign Citizen Movement—Robert H. Paudert served as Chief of Police of West Memphis, Arkansas PD until 2011. Chief Paudert’s son, Sgt. Brandon Paudert, served with the West Memphis PD until he was killed in the line of duty on May 20, 2010 by sovereign citizens. This presentation dealt with the officer safety and awareness issues during encounters that may manifest with those who express a sovereign citizen/antigovernment ideology. Behavioral and visual indicators of potential criminal extremist ideology will be discussed to provide the officer with the ability to identify potential confrontation and initiate preventive actions to de-escalate verbal confrontations and reduce the potential for violence. Officers were provided with indicator information that may prove useful in the suspicious activity reporting program or agency criminal intelligence reporting.

4. Shaping Values in the Police Organization—Chief Michael Ranalli, Esq. returned to the conference lineup as one of our top-rated speakers. Chief Ranalli made a presentation on the importance of a proper organizational culture and the role of the chief in defining and nurturing that culture. A graduate of Albany Law School, Chief Ranalli is the NYSACOP 2nd Vice President and a frequent presenter at NYSACOP functions and for the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services on a wide range of law enforcement topics ranging from search and seizure, arrest law, street encounters, and executive development.

5. Municipal Issues: Brief presentations with Q&A on current issues such as Nuisance Abatement, Fireworks Law, and the Samaritan Law. Chief Ronald Knapp and Capt. Tom Pape from Poughkeepsie PD talked about their city’s nuisance abatement law, how it evolved and how it has helped to curb problem issues. Both Chief Knapp and Capt. Pape also reviewed issues concerning fireworks permits and the 911 Samaritan Law which exempts certain persons from arrest and prosecution when they seek out health care for themselves or another.

6. Keynote Speaker—Victoria A. Graffeo, Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals. Judge Graffeo graduated from the State University College at Oneonta in 1974 and received her J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University in 1977. She entered government service in 1982 as assistant counsel to the New York State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. In 1995, she was appointed Solicitor General for the State of New York and served in that capacity until appointed by Governor Pataki in 1996 to fill a vacancy in the State Supreme Court. She was elected to a full term as Justice of the State Supreme Court and, in March 1998, became an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department.

7. Traffic Safety Panel: During this segment we heared presentations from traffic safety experts who engaged members in discussion on various relevant traffic issues for the local police executive.

8. Pursuit Policy—Chief Peter Miller (Ret./Highland Falls PD) gave an overview of the Pursuit Policy Workshops available through the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards & Training.

9. Traffic Incident Management System T.I.M.S.—Inv. Shannon M. Morrison of the New York State Police BCI spoke about quick clearance operations intended to enhance motorist and responder safety, as well as reduce congestion and delay. Other areas covered included Ignition Interlock Devices, Misuse of Grant Funds, the new New York State Driver License and NYSACOP Liaison Dominick Macherone spoke about the Motorcycle Safety and Enforcement program, a law enforcement training that has been extremely popular with police in identifying safety issues and taking the mystery out of motorcycle enforcement.

10. Misuse of Grant Funds—Fraud investigations by the US DOT Office of the Inspector General of certain Highway Safety Offices and grantees were recently conducted that have now been expanded to other regions. Asst. Commissioner Chuck DeWeese and Regional Administrator Tom Louizou spoke briefly to explain some of the findings so that you can implement the proper checks and balances to avoid pitfalls. Those departments which were fraud-free had strong training programs that emphasized the uniqueness of the grant funds, program requirements and allowable uses.

11. Guns Used In Crimes in New York State—Recent information from upstate crime analysis centers shows that many of the firearms used in upstate crimes are locally sourced. How often are guns used in violent crimes? What type of guns do criminals prefer? Where are guns coming from? Are stolen guns a source of weapons for criminals? How often are assault weapons used in homicides? Executive Deputy Commissioner of DCJS Michael C. Green and Dep. Commissioner Tony Perez presented information about firearms, crime and criminal justice.

12. Automated Victim Notification—an update on the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification system where victims and others can register through NY-ALERT for notification via mobile text, telephone, fax or web query when police have served a Family Court order of protection. Dan Foro provided the update, the progress made to date, and the future of SAVIN.

13. New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services—This workshop presented by Sean Byrne and Dr. Kipnis of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) described the effect drugs have on the brain and why opioids are particularly problematic in today’s society. They then discussed what can be done about the epidemic of overdose and a successful novel approach allowed in New York State since 2006.


On July 31st 2013Officer Sebastian Gentile and Officer Eric Davids successfully graduated from the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy. Officer Gentile and Officer Davids did an excellent job while attending the academy.

Full-Time Officer Sebastian Gentile had an overall academy score of 3 out of 23 Cadets. Officer Gentile received the highest score out of his class for EMS and received “Pistol Master” (98-100 range) qualification with his duty weapon.

Part-Time Officer Eric Davids had an overall academy score of 6 out of 23 Cadets. Officer Davids also received “Pistol Master” (98-100 range) qualification with his duty weapon.

Both officers’ will continue with their Field Training portion of training with this agency.

Civilian Accreditation Assistant

Chief Peenstra is requesting that the Seneca Falls Town Board hire Kevin A. Hall as an “Accreditation Assistant” on a temporary part-time civilian assignment. This temporary hire would start in September and end in December of 2013. Mr. Hall would work 2 eight hour days a month at $20 an hour. Pay would not exceed$1,280 in the four month assignment. The purpose of this assignment would be to complete NYS Accreditation and be prepared for an on-site assessment in the beginning of 2014. It is Chief Peenstra’s goal for the Seneca Falls Police Department to be an official New York State Accredited Police Agency in 2014.

Kevin Hall has just recently retired as a Sergeant from the Webster Police Department in Monroe County where he was in charge of the Webster Police Department Accreditation Program. Mr. Hall has recently taken a position with the Monroe Community College as an Accreditation Manager. Mr. Hall is also currently working with East Rochester Police Department as their Accreditation Program Manager. Mr. Hall has been a NYS DCJS Law Enforcement Accreditation Assessor since 2011.

Harbor / Parking Attendant Report

Handicap parking:

There were a total of 15 handicapped parking tickets written between Fall St. and State Street:

• Five (5) 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 (2) of these tickets were voided at the police station due to them showing their handicap tag when they came in.

• Eight (8) tickets were given and the process of them showing up to court was begun.


1. 1st Week

a. 4 Tickets written (1 Voided)

b. 1 Voided

2. 2nd Week

a. 3 Tickets Written

3. 3rd Week

a. 3 Tickets Written

b. 1 Voided

Two (2) hour parking:

There were a total of 47 courtesy tickets written for the purpose of the two (2) hour parking.

• Forty-four (44) tickets were written due to staying longer then the two hours allotted.

• Three (3) of these tickets written were business owners.

• Six (6) of these tickets were written to out of state vehicles.

• Three (3) of these tickets were written for parking in a no parking area (parked in front of Jessica’s Boutique.


1. 1st Week

a) 20 Courtesy tickets written

2. 2nd Week

a) 17 Courtesy tickets written

3. 3rd Week

a) 10 Courtesy tickets written

Due to the courtesy tickets being written, there were “NO” repeat offenders and “NO” tickets were served for violation of the two (2) hour parking.


For the month of July, there were a total of forty (40) boats who registered when docking at the harbor.

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