May 2013


   Seneca Falls Police May 2013

Monthly Report

 Town of Seneca Falls

Board Meeting

June 4, 2013

Submitted by: Chief Stuart W. Peenstra

May Statistics  

In the month of May 2013, the Seneca Falls Police Department handled 805 calls for service.  Of these 805 calls for service, 78 resulted in criminal arrests. The Seneca Falls Police Department responded to 53 traffic accidents.  SFPD also conducted 155 traffic stops for the month of May, with 138 traffic tickets issued and 9 Driving While Intoxicated arrests.

In comparing May 2013 to May of 2012, calls for service were up by 55 (750/805); Criminal arrests were up by 35 (43/78); traffic arrests were up by 46 (92/138); traffic accidents were up by 6 (47/53); and Driving While Intoxicated arrests were up by 4 (5/9).

The Seneca Falls Police Department was assisted by outside law enforcement agencies on 35 calls for service and assisted other outside law enforcement agencies on 4 calls for service in the month of May 2013. 

                        Criminal Investigation Division

 During May of 2013, the Criminal Investigation Division of the SFPD arrested (9) individual’s on a total of (30) charges. There were (14) Felony Charges, (14) Misdemeanor charges, and (2) other / miscellaneous charges. This closed out (6) SFPD / CID cases by arrest.

Approximately (7) new cases were adopted by CID in the month of May. The CID of the Seneca Falls Police Department also provided assistance with numerous cases from the road patrol via phone calls, interviews, and other miscellaneous tasks.

CID also continued to investigate numerous open cases during the month of May – including the Felony Criminal Mischief at Bill Cram Chevrolet.

Noteworthy cases

On May 23rd at 2:40 AM Officers were dispatched to a possible burglary in progress at a business on Fall Street.  Patrols were able to locate 3 subjects involved in the burglary when canvassing the area.  Two of the males were juveniles and one male was eighteen years old. 

During the investigation it was discovered that the 3 males stole numerous items from this business including a loaded 38 caliber handgun.  All 3 males were charged with Burglary 2nd; Grand Larceny 4th; Criminal Possession of Stolen Property4th; Conspiracy 4th; and Criminal Mischief 4th.  The eighteen year old male was additionally charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child. 

The two Juveniles were issued appearance tickets to appear in Family Court and the eighteen year old was arraigned and committed to the Seneca County Correctional Facility.   

 Grants / Reimbursements

 On May 27th, 2013 Chief Peenstra along with J.O. Connell Assoc. completed a Federal COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Grant Application through the U.S. Department of Justice.  If approved, this funding would advance public safety through community policing by providing the Seneca Falls School District with a School Resource Officer.

In the month of May 2013 the Seneca Falls Police Department received a reimbursement check from Seneca County worth $2,093.44 for Stop DWI Enforcement overtime hours.  The money from the Seneca County STOP DWI account comes from fines paid by previous Seneca County DWI convictions.  This money will be placed back in the Overtime account.

Seneca Falls Police Department’s

2nd  Annual Bicycle Rodeo

The Seneca Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone that the 2nd Annual Bicycle Rodeo will be held June 15th, 2013 from 9 AM-2PM at the Seneca Falls Community Center.  

A Bicycle Rodeo is a fun way of educating children on bicycle safety.  During the event, children will go 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 will be giving away free t-shirts, bike reflectors, bicycle helmets, refreshments, and door prizes.  We also have free raffles for every child that participates in the bicycle rodeo for a chance to win free bicycles, safety equipment, and bike locks.

The Seneca Falls Police Department will also provide Operations Safe Child ID cards and a Child Vehicle Restraint Check.  A new Car seat will be provided to those that do not pass inspection.

The Seneca Falls Police Department asks that everyone attending bring their own bicycle for inspection and operation through the course.  Please bring a properly fitted helmet to wear during the activities as well.   

 Police Fleet

 Chief Peenstra is requesting that the Town Board release the budgeted money in 2013 to purchase 1 new marked patrol vehicle.  The vehicle sought is a new 2013 Ford Explorer.  This vehicle will replace a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria with 114,823 miles that was recently taken out of service due to mechanical issues such as a blown transmission and a leaky exhaust manifold totaling repair costs over $3,500.

Purchasing the new 2013 Ford Explorer will also save an additional $1,600 in incentives given by Ford at this time due to the 2014 models in production.

The Town has purchased 1 new marked patrol vehicle.  The Police Department has received 2 additional fully equipped patrol vehicles on State Grants since dissolution in January of 2012.  These marked patrol vehicles replaced vehicles with approximately 150,000 miles and high maintenance issues.

Chief Peenstra has reduced the police fleet since January of 2012 from 6 marked patrol vehicles and 2 unmarked vehicles to 5 marked patrol vehicles and 1 unmarked.  The Chief has also assigned vehicles to officers reducing maintenance and equally distributing mileage within the fleet.  These assignments also provide accountability between vehicle and officer.  


 On April 30th, 2013 and May 1st, 2013, Chief Peenstra attended the Chief Executive Officer Seminar presented by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which was held at the Polessini Law Enforcement Training Center in Rochester, NY. This 2 day seminar was designed for command staff and covered issues relating to missing children’s cases including policies, procedures, technical assistance, training and available resources  to assist in such cases. NCMEC covered the cost of this seminar.

On May 2nd, 2013, Sgt/Inv Calabrese, Sgt. Petrocci and Sgt. Hawker attended an 8hr First Responder Training Course presented by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which was held at the Polessini Law Enforcement Training Center in Rochester, NY. This 8 hour course provided critical information for officers and other law enforcement personnel in missing child cases. Topics covered were: Scope and Scale of Missing Children Incidents, Sex Offender Typology, Intra and Inter Agency Law Enforcement Response, Dept. Policy and Procedures, Pre Incident Planning, NCMEC Investigative/Support Resources, and Implementation of Planned Responses. NCMEC covered the cost of this course.

On May 6th through May 10th, 2013, Officer Christopher Denny attended and completed a 40 hr. course on Interview and Interrogation, which was held at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility in Rochester, NY.

On May 21st and 22nd, 2013, Sgt. Snyder attended and completed a 16 hr course on Initial Response to Active Shooters, which was held at the NYS Preparedness Center in Oriskany, NY. 

On May 22nd, 2013, Sgt. Snyder completed online training course on the topic of Sovereign Citizens and Law Enforcement.

On May 29th and 30th, 2013 Chief Peenstra attended and completed a 16 hr. course on Basic Public Information Officer.  The course was put on by the New York State Office of Emergency Management which is a division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.  Public Information Officers (PIO’s) are responsible for ensuring that the affected public receives accurate and timely information during an emergency.  This course is designed to prepare officers to function in this role.  The training was free of charge and was held in the Cayuga County Emergency Services Center in Auburn, NY.

On May 31st, 2013, Sgt/Inv Calabrese, Officer Reynolds, Officer Denny, Officer Manheim and Officer Jacobsen attended a training seminar for DWI Updates and Ignition Interlock Review. The training was provided by the Seneca County DA’s Office, and was held at the Seneca County Law Enforcement Center.

































































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