Seneca Falls Police October 2013
Town of Seneca Falls Board Meeting
November 7, 2013
Submitted by: Chief Stuart W. Peenstra
In the month of October 2013, the Seneca Falls Police Department handled 763 calls for service. Of these 763 calls for service, 31 resulted in criminal arrests. The Seneca Falls Police Department responded to 48 traffic accidents. SFPD also conducted 188 traffic stops for the month of October with 109 traffic tickets issued and 6 Driving While Intoxicated arrests.
In comparing October 2013 to October of 2012, calls for service were down 1% (763/755); Criminal arrests were up 90% (31/59); traffic arrests were down 1% (109/107); traffic accidents were down 25% (48/36); and Driving While Intoxicated arrests were up 50% (6/9).
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 2 calls for service in the month of October 2013.
Criminal Investigation Division
During October 2013, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Seneca Falls Police Department arrested (11) individuals on a total of (17) charges. There were (8) felony charges, (8) misdemeanor charges, and (1) other or miscellaneous charge. This closed (8) CID cases by arrest.
Also during the month of October, CID was assigned (19) new cases. In addition to these (19) new cases, CID continued to work on previous open CID cases and assisted the road patrol with a number of cases.
CID received (2) days of training at the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy on interview and interrogation on the 29th and 30th of October.
Chief Peenstra and CID also met with the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department / Narcotics Unit and addressed the drug issues associated with Seneca Falls. Both agencies discussed a better operational plan in dealing with these issues.
On October 11, 2013 Officer Robert Mansell lateral transferred from the Seneca Falls Police Department to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Mansell has been a Police Officer with the Seneca Falls Police Department since April of 2006. Officer Mansell has been a dedicated officer during his time with the Seneca Falls Police Department and his service will be missed not only in the department, but within the community as well. The members of the Seneca Falls Police Department wish Officer Mansell well in his next chapter of his Law Enforcement carrier.
I am asking that Supervisor Earle and Town Board Members backfill Officer Mansell’s position with Officer Eric Davids. Officer Davids was sponsored by the Seneca Falls Police Department to attend the Finger Lakes Law Enforcement in February of 2013. Officer Davids completed the academy in June of 2013 with honors finishing 7th in a class of 22. Officer Davids has successfully completed his field training with this department and is currently working in one of our part-time police officer positions.
Upgrade Service Weapons
The Seneca Falls Police Department is requesting Supervisor Earle and the Town Board Members to approve using money out of the Vehicle and Equipment Reserve Account to purchase upgraded service weapons for the entire department. This upgrade would consist of changing our current Glock Model 17 9MM semi-automatic pistol’s to Glock Model 22 45 caliber pistols. The upgrade would require changing our current holsters and magazine holders. The holsters would be changed for a double retention holster to a much more secure triple retention holster. Our current Glock Model 17 9MM’s will be traded in and applied toward the new purchase. The total cost for the upgrade will be $4,596.97. This includes 1,000 rounds of ammo required for the transition.
The Seneca Falls Police Department is proud to announce that the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee has awarded us $1,800 to participate in the statewide “Child Passenger Safety” program. The goal of this program is to increase the proper use and installation of child safety seats in New York State. The Seneca Falls Police Department currently has one officer trained in the proper installation and inspection of child safety seats. Anyone can call the Seneca Falls Police Department during their administrative hours M-F 8A-4:30P to set up an appointment.
The Seneca Falls Police Department is proud to announce that the Federal Bullet Proof Vest Partnership has awarded us $1,137.25 in available funds. This money is used to help circumvent the cost of new or replacement body armor for members of our department. The Bullet Proof Vest Partnership will reimburse the Seneca Falls Police Department half of the total cost of each vest ordered up to the allotted $1,137.25.
During the month of October the following Sgt. (s)/Officers received DCJS Online Training on the topic of Photo Arrays. Such training helped explain the use and set up of Photo Arrays for investigations:
During the month of October the following Sgt. (s)/Officers received DCJS Online Training on the topic of Discovery for Police. In this training, Sgt. (s)/Officers received review of Brady, Rosario and Statutory Material in regards to investigations and arrests.
During the month of October the following Sgt. (s)/Officers received information on the new Social Host Law of Seneca County. Social Host Law holds individuals 16 years and older responsible for unlawfully giving, selling, and possessing of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs in relation to minors on private premises in Seneca County. The Town of Seneca Falls Police Dept. was the first department in Seneca County to make the first arrest on this new law which took effect July 29th, 2013.
Officer Davids (Part-time)
Officer Lichak (Part-time)
On October 15th and 16th, 2013, Chief Peenstra attended the NYS Intelligence Summit, which was held in Saratoga, NY. The training included such topic as: Countering Radicalization, Boston Marathon Bombing, Social Media, Cyber Threats, Human Trafficking, Terrorism Landscape, Technology Convergence, Terror Threats from Far Right Groups, Forensic Multimedia Analysis in Law Enforcement, and Hezbollah in North America.
On October 21st and 22nd, 2013, Chief Peenstra attended the NYS Highway Safety Symposium, which was held in Liverpool, NY. Training included such topics as: Prescription Drug Abuse, Officer Killed in the Line of Duty, Underage Drinking Enforcement and Fake IDs, DMV Licensing Policies Regarding Repeat Alcohol and Drug Offenders, Innovations in Traffic Safety, and DWI Fine Collection were discussed.
On October 29th and 30th, 2013, Sgt. Calabrese and Officer Quick attended and completed Interview and Interrogation Training which was held in Ontario County. This training was designed to provide Officers and Investigators with proven techniques that will assist in obtaining critical information to any investigation.