June 2013

Seneca Falls Police

June 2013 Monthly Report

Town of Seneca Falls Board Meeting

July 2nd, 2013

Submitted by: Chief Stuart W. Peenstra

June Statistics

In the month of June 2013, the Seneca Falls Police Department handled 754 calls for service. Of these 754 calls for service, 60 resulted in criminal arrests. The Seneca Falls Police Department responded to 42 traffic accidents. SFPD also conducted 140 traffic stops for the month of June with 88 traffic tickets issued and 6 Driving While Intoxicated arrests.

In comparing June 2013 to June of 2012, calls for service were up by 6 (748/754); Criminal arrests were down by 1 (61/60); traffic arrests were up by 30 (58/88); traffic accidents were down by 8 (49/41); and Driving While Intoxicated arrests were down by 1 (7/6).

The Seneca Falls Police Department was assisted by outside law enforcement agencies on 44 calls for service and assisted other outside law enforcement agencies on 3 calls for service in the month of June 2013.

Criminal Investigation Division

During June of 2013, the Criminal Investigation Division of the SFPD arrested (7) individuals on a total of (17) charges. There were (7) felony charges, (9) misdemeanor charges, and (1) other / miscellaneous charge. This closed out (3) SFPD / CID cases by arrest. (4) Of the individuals arrested were responsible for the Felony Criminal Mischief at Bill Cram Chevrolet. SFPD CID and NYSP CID were able to determine that there were a total of (6) individuals involved with the incident, with only (4) being able to face charges.

Several new cases were assigned to CID during the month of June 2013. Included in the new case load was a reported Rape, a reported Sexual Abuse of a child, and an Arson case.

In addition to the above, CID continued to work on numerous open cases from the previous months. CID also released still images of open case(s) to the media during June of 2013 in hopes of furthering apprehension efforts.

Seneca Falls Police Dept. Introduces: “Nixle”

Community Information Service.

 The Seneca Falls Police Department has launched a “FREE” new communication service called “Nixle”. Nixle allows the Police Department to create and send important, valuable community information directly to residence using text messaging and/or email. Messages can be sent as “Alerts” such as a missing child or as an “Advisory” such as road closures. When you subscribe you can choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it’s by email, text or both.

Anyone in the Town of Seneca Falls that lives, works, or knows someone that does, should register their cell phone number and email address to start receiving these valuable messages. Once you register your plotted location you will receive any message sent out by the Seneca Falls Police Department within a ¼ mile radius giving you relevant trustworthy information to that specific area.

Chief Peenstra strongly encourages everyone to register for this free service. You can register by clicking on the Nixle icon located on the front page of the Seneca Falls Police Department’s website or go directly to www.nixle.com.

The Seneca Falls Police Department is very excited to have this additional tool that continues to aid the Police Department in providing quality Public Safety to the community of Seneca Falls.

Noteworthy Cases

1. On June 10th, 2013 the Seneca Falls Police Department received a report of a suspicious vehicle on the George Rd. Officers responded and upon a search of nearby fields for the registered owner, Officers located several Marijuana Plants growing. Michael D. Carfora of River Rd. Waterloo, Registered Owner of the Vehicle was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Unlawful Growing of Cannabis and Trespass.

2. On June 11th, 2013 the Seneca Falls Police Department arrested 4 individuals in connection with a large amount of Criminal Mischief that was done to numerous vehicles at the Bill Cram Car Dealership on March 25th, 2013. Charles W. Covert, Andrew Graves, Jonathan Klingen-Smith and Jonathan Taylor were all charged with Felony Criminal Mischief and 1 Count of Conspiracy.

3. On June 2oth, 2013 the Seneca Falls Police Department received a report from a male in the town that someone had withdrawn a large sum of money from his bank account at a local bank. Upon investigation it was determined that a neighbor had taken his wallet and made the withdrawals. Sandra L. Sullivan of Auburn Rd., Seneca Falls was charged with 1 Count each of Burglary, Grand Larceny, Forgery, Criminal Impersonation and Identity Theft.


Online training was completed by Officer Robert Mansell on the following Topics: Auto Theft 1, Officer Ambush, and The Paradigm – House of Horrors.

Officer Brandon Manheim successfully completed a 40 hr. NYS DCJS Law Enforcement Bicycle Patrol Course. This course was held at Ithaca College, June 10th -June 14th, 2013. The Bicycle Patrol Course is designed as an entry level for law enforcement utilizing mountain bikes for patrol activities. The course combines classroom training along with practical application exercises involving cycling techniques.

Officer Craig Reynolds successfully completed Phase One training for Drug Recognition Expert Training. This course was held at the NYS Park Police Academy, June 10th – June 21st, 2013. This training includes SFST proficiency testing and included courses in physiology, vital signs, standardized field sobriety testing (SFST) and extensive material on each of the seven drug categories of the drugs of abuse and their general indicators. Officer Reynolds will attend Phase Two of the training in July. The cost of the training is completely covered by Seneca County STOP DWI and the New York State Traffic Safety Committee.


Police Recruit Sebastian Gentile and Police Recruit Eric Davids have successfully completed the classroom training portion of the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy and will now start their Field Training portion with this agency. Their status with the Seneca Falls Police Department and Seneca County Civil Service will change on the June 2nd Board Meeting from Police Recruit to Police Officer.

Officer Gentile will replace the vacant full time position that was created in December of 2012 when Officer Chechak transferred from this agency to the Waterloo Police Department.

Officer Davids will take one of the available part-time positions brining our part-time staffing up to five out of seven approved by the Town Board. Once Officer Davids has completed his field training he will be a great addition to our department. Officer Davids flexible shift availability will ultimately save on overtime hours created by shift coverage.

Harbor / Parking Attendant Position:

The Seneca Falls Police Department and the Seneca Falls Community Recreation Department advertised this month for the newly created Harbor / Parking Attendant position. A total of seven people applied for the position. Chief Peenstra and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Spina interviewed three of the top applicants. Upon completion of this process, it is the recommendation to the Town Board to hire Larry Lang for the seasonal Part-Time Position of Harbor / Parking Attendant. This position will begin immediately upon board approval and last until September.

Request To Purchase New Evidence Tracking System

Chief Peenstra is asking the Town Board to consider allowing the department to purchase a new evidence tracking system from the Porter Lee Corporation. The new evidence tracking system will be an extremely valuable tool for maintaining evidence integrity and control, which is absolutely essential in Law Enforcement.

The addition of this new system would not only track property, but facilitate evidence transfer to many other Law Enforcement agencies in this reign who also utilize the Porter Lee system. The Monroe County Crime Lab utilizes the Porter Lee System and is the Criminal Lab that contracts with all Law Enforcement agencies in Seneca County.

This system will easily track, maintain records, and control such things as:

4. Investigative Evidence

5. Lost and/or Found Items

6. Confiscated Property

7. Items for Destruction

8. Property for Auction

9. Property returned to an Owner

The addition of this product will provide the Seneca Falls Police Department with a complete computerized approach to property/evidence tracking and reporting, from the time of collection, through forensic analysis, to final disposition.

2013 2nd Annual Seneca Falls Police

Department Bicycle Rodeo

On June 15th, 2013 the Seneca Falls Police Department hosted its 2nd Annual Bicycle Rodeo which was held at the Seneca Falls Community Center.

During the event, children went through multiple phases such as a bicycle inspection by a certified bicycle safety inspector, helmet fitting station, bicycle safety, rules of the road, bicycle obstacle course and lessons for keeping your bicycle safely secured.

The Seneca Falls Police Department also gave away free t-shirts, bicycles, bike equipment, bicycle helmets, refreshments and door prizes to children that participated in the event.

The Seneca Falls Police Department also provided Operations Safe Child ID cards and a Child Vehicle Restraint Check. New Car seats were provided to those that did not pass inspection.

The Seneca Falls Police Department would like to thank all of the generous sponsors, volunteers and the Seneca Falls Community Center Staff for all of their hard work in making this event successful.

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