The recent police related tragedies has caused community leaders all over the nation to proactively address police-community relations. The town of Greenburgh has tried hard to encourage good community-police relations for many years. Among the initiatives we have taken:
Every uniformed police officer is using their individual body camera and has been doing so since early June, thanks to the leadership of Chief Chris McNerney.
· Every police officer is trained and equipped with a Taser which is less lethal. Our Special Operations personnel are equipped with additional “less than lethal” equipment.
· In 1992 we created a Greenburgh Police/Community Advisory Commission to encourage dialogue and promote greater understanding between the police and the community in which they serve. The commission (except for the summer months) meets monthly and has included student representatives. Different neighborhoods in town are represented on the commission. Residents with public safety concerns are invited to attend the meetings and relate their feelings.
· In 2003 the town created a Greenburgh Police Explorer Post #2003. This is a voluntary post organized by the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Program and sponsored by the Greenburgh police department. Members of the Explorer post serve without compensation and assist the police department. We provide young adults who may be interested in a career in law enforcement with a comprehensive program of training, competition, service and practical experiences. Character development, physical fitness, good citizenship are parts of the program. The program is open to young adults ages 14 through 20 years. Call Sergeant Norman Hall at 989- 1715 if interested or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
· In 1998 the town formed a police summer youth camp. The camp is partially funded by the Lanza Foundation. About 25 children between the ages of 12 and 17 sign up for the camp each year. The camp is, in essence, a junior police academy where youngsters are placed in a setting similar to that experienced by a police recruit. The seven week course consists of physical training and classroom instruction in law and other related topics. Guest lecturers from the FBI, DA’s office, United States Secret Service and other areas within the criminal justice system present an overview of their agency’s operations. Demonstrations by specialized police units and field trips to courts and other criminal justice institutions also take place. Contemporary issues such as alcohol and drug abuse are addressed and students participate in various role play scenarios which illustrate the practical everyday problems faced by law enforcement officers. Campers receive instruction and certification in cardio pulmonary resuscitation, first aid and water rescue. TWO OF OUR GRADUATES ARE NOW GREENBURGH POLICE OFFICERS!
· In 1993 we formed the Greenburgh police community policing unit. The community police unit was formed at the time to address pervasive criminal activity in the Fairview section of Greenburgh. The community police officers interact with the community. They are given a bicycle and are certified by the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association. They work on other projects: enhancing the bicycle identification program—town residents can have their bicycles stamped with a consecutive number and the framed label. They have coordinated with landlords to eliminate graffiti and vandalism to their properties. They participate in a toys for tots program helping local needy children. They have assisted the department’s street crime unit and the NYS Police with investigations which resulted in indictments of major drug suppliers. They have worked with the parks and recreation department to upgrade our parks and provide safety initiative programs. And- they have helped senior citizens resolve problems. Greenburgh police will also be visiting places of worship—encouraging members of the community to interact with our officers when needed.
· On Tuesday August 2nd from 6 PM to 9 PM the Greenburgh police department will host their years NATIONAL NIGHT OUT. The event takes place at Greenburgh Town Hall. National night out involves over 15, 325 communities from all 50 states. The goal: to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. To generate support for and participation in local anticrime programs. To strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships. To send a message to criminals to let them know that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
We want you to be proud of our police department and all the services you receive from your town government. Feel free to reach out with any additional suggestions that you think should be considered.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor