March 2013

Seneca Falls Police March 2013

Monthly Report

 Town of Seneca Falls

Board Meeting

April 2, 2013

 Submitted by: Chief Stuart W. Peenstra

March Statistics

In the month of March 2013, the Seneca Falls Police Department handled 637 calls for service.  Of these 637 calls for service, 56 resulted in criminal arrests. The Seneca Falls Police Department responded to 25 traffic accidents, 3 of which resulted in personal injury; 0 DWI related and 2 reported hit and run.  SFPD also conducted 229 traffic stops for the month of March, with 115 traffic tickets issued and 5 Driving While Intoxicated arrests.

In comparing March 2013 to March of 2012, calls for service were down by 28 (637/665); Criminal arrests were up by 10 (56/46); traffic arrests were up by 22 (115/93); traffic accidents were down by 4 (25/29); and driving while intoxicated arrests were the same (5/5).

The Seneca Falls Police Department was assisted by outside law enforcement agencies on 22 calls for service and assisted other outside law enforcement agencies on 4 calls for service in the month of March 2013. 

 Forfeiture Account

 Chief Peenstra and Supervisor Earle have set up the forfeiture account at the Five Star bank utilizing the 2012 forfeiture money which totaled $2,678.53. 

The Chief is asking the Town Board to allow him to purchase much needed surveillance video equipment utilizing some of this forfeiture money.  The total amount for this equipment would be $2,417.14 leaving $261.39 remaining in this account.   

 Noteworthy Incidents

 Our department received a report the end of February, 2013 about a male who had held a 5yr old child’s hand to a light bulb as punishment for playing with a lamp, causing a burn to the child’s hand. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest on 3/25/2013 of Michael Cotto age 25 for Assault 3rd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

On 3/17/2013 Officers from our department were dispatched to a residence on Route 5/20 for a report of a stabbing.  When officers arrived they found 2 males with stab wounds, one of them with a potentially fatal wound. Officers were able to control the bleeding until Emergency Medical Services arrived. One officer held pressure on an artery bleed until it was able to get controlled at Geneva General Hospital.  Both Victims were treated and eventually released from the hospital.  Charged with the stabbings was 60 yr. old Alexander Francis who resided at Stanton Meadows.  Mr. Alexander was charged with Assault 2nd with a Weapon, Menacing 2nd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

 2 hr. Parking Enforcement Downtown

The Public Safety Committee has agreed to have the Town Highway Department update signage along the downtown business district.  These signs will be legally spaced to alert individuals parking in these designated areas of the 2 hr. restriction.  The new signage will also give the Seneca Falls Police Department the ability to enforce this section of law.  A new “Warning Notice” will be placed on a vehicle for the first offense.  A warning notice record will be keep at the Police Department.  A vehicle parked illegally on a second offense and thereafter will be ticketed.      


 The Seneca Falls Police has accepted the resignation of Part-Time Officer Josh Raymond.  Officer Raymond resigned due to the fact that he is a Full-Time Seneca County Sheriff’s Deputy and has been unable to devote the time to the Seneca Falls Police Department mainly due to scheduling conflicts.

 Officer Raymond has been a devoted Part-Time Police Officer for the Seneca Falls Police Department since February 4 2011.  The Seneca Falls Police Department appreciates Officer Raymond’s dedicated service to the community during his tenure.

 Drug Recognition Expert

 Officer Craig Reyonlds is applying for training acceptance to be certified as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).  The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program has received international acclaim for its success in identifying the drug-impaired individual.   In addition, DRE’s are frequently called upon to differentiate between drug influence, medical and/or mental disorders. The certified DRE is an extremely valuable tool for combating the adverse impact of drugs in our community.

 If Officer Reyonlds is accepted, students will train, eat and reside at the Academy located at the NY State Park Police Academy in Rensselaer, NY during the two week training. Students who successfully complete Phase 1 & 2 will be sent to Phoenix, AZ in July 2013 for Field Certification Training.

 All expenses for Phase 1 & 2 including shift coverage will be paid for by Seneca County STOP DWI and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.  The New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee will assume the total cost for lodging, meals, airfare and educational materials for Phase 3


 On March 4th and 5th, 2013, Sgt. Snyder, Sgt. Poole, Officer Reynolds, Officer A. Mansell and Officer Manheim attended and completed a 2 day seminar on Domestic Violence Intervention/Investigation, which was held at the Wayne County Public Safety Building in Lyons, NY. Training was to increase officer and victim safety, identify interviewing, evidence gathering and probable cause techniques to investigate and report domestic violence more effectively. Also how to apply state and federal domestic violence laws.

 On March 11th through March 15th, 2013, Officer Robert Mansell attended and completed a week long training course on Basic Police Photography. This course was held at the Elmira Regional Public Safety Training Center in Elmira, NY. This course is a prerequisite course for Officer Mansell in becoming one of the department Police Evidence Technicians.

 On March 18th through March 22nd, 2013, Officer Robert Mansell and Officer Christopher Denny attended and completed a week long training course on Field Training Officer. This course was held at the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Training Facility in Hopewell, NY.

 On March 20th and 21st, 2013, Officer Daniel Jacobsen attended and completed a 2 day seminar in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. This course was held at the Henrietta Ambulance Base in Henrietta, NY. This course was to assist officers in observing, identifying, and to articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or both.

 During the Month of March Members of the Dept. received Online Training on the following courses:

Sovereign Citizens and Law Enforcement – Chief Peenstra, Sgt. Calabrese, Sgt. Petrocci, Sgt. Hawker, Officer Robert Mansell, Officer Angela Mansell, Officer Lichak and Officer Manheim

Domestic Violence-Child Abuse Physical Abuse – Sgt. Hawker

Domestic Violence-Detecting Strangulation – Sgt. Hawker and Officer Robert Mansell

Domestic Violence-Primary Aggressor – Officer Robert Mansell

Police Pursuits– Officer Lichak

Inside Breach – Officer Robert Mansell

Raging Subject-Techniques Physical Control – Officer Robert Mansell

Body Armor; Protecting the Protectors – Officer Robert Mansell

Confined Area Survival Tactics– Officer Robert Mansell

Risk Thermostat – Officer Robert Mansell

Off Duty Survival – Officer Robert Mansell

Single Officer Patrol – Officer Robert Mansell

Selection and Use of Cover – Officer Robert Mansell

Pre-attack Behavioral Indicators – Officer Robert Mansell

Suspect Management – Officer Robert Mansell

Highway to Heroin webcast – Chief Peenstra


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