Fighting Crime

I believe the current crime problem in our City cannot wait until the next Mayor takes office; it needs to start being addressed today. That is why, as a County Legislator representing the city, I have developed a plan that has already been implemented by utilizing County resources in conjunction with the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department.

 

The plan currently underway includes:

    • Double number of joint patrols involving City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and Sheriff’s Office personnel in crime “hot spots.”

 

    • Eliminate the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) cap: Lobby federal government to allow Poughkeepsie PD to hire more officers and immediately address chronic understaffing.

 

    • Increase visibility of Sheriff’s Office deputies in and around county facilities to assist the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department.

 

    • All county-assigned officers will be Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained and certified.

 

    • Provide Human Resource assistance to the city to speed up the timeframe to fill nine city police officer positions.

 

    • Fast-track approval for a new Crime Assistant position at the City of Poughkeepsie PD for identification, analysis, and problem-solving.

 

    • Deploy the county’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Team to strategic areas in coordination with City PD.

 

    • Increase law enforcement presence through additional alcohol enforcement (“bar checks”) in coordination with City of Poughkeepsie PD, District Attorney, and Probation.

 

    • Develop a sustained awareness and community development campaign that encourages use of the county’s 24/7 mental health HELPLINE and 911 by businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and concerned citizens when they observe behaviors that have the potential to escalate into a dangerous situation.

 



The second phase of my plan consists of actions that will begin implementation on “Day One”:

 

    • Improve communication between rank-and-file police officers and City Hall. Demonstrate to our law enforcement personnel that their work matters, and provide them with the resources they need to fight crime.

 

    • Strengthen coordination among federal, state, county, and city law enforcement agencies.

 

    • Employ community policing and focused patrols at the squad level utilizing existing resources.

 

    • Require daily “situational reports” from chief of police to the Mayor’s Office.

 

    • Add additional street cameras in the central business district and at strategic “hot spot” locations. Ask the county to install street cameras on all county buildings in the City.

 

    • Revitalize Poughkeepsie’s civilian neighborhood watch as an “Eye on Crime” unit focused on vacant or abandoned properties that attract crime.

 

    • Step up building code enforcement to close down “nuisance” properties and enforce city ordinances as it relates to signage and litter.

 

    • Create dedicated hotline to answer and respond to non-emergency-related inquiries from residents and business owners.

 

    • Set a 50 percent litter-reduction goal in the first three years of mayoralty.

 

    • Concentrated enforcement of all city ordinances and quality-of-life crimes.

 

    • Establish “Save Our Streets” business leaders campaign — blue check mark indicates participating small businesses that will interact with police and assist in reporting crime and other quality-of-life concerns.

 

    • Identify top 10 blighted properties with public safety concerns and target for law enforcement patrols to reduce their capacity as crime magnets.

 

    • Develop and deploy Neighborhood Stabilization Teams to areas with high concentrations of abandoned or vacant buildings and houses.

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