Holiday Time Safety

During Christmas and Holiday season people are often busy, excited and a little careless. Unfortunately it’s a time when they should be extra careful. This Season don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, pick-pockets, purse snatchers and con artists a better chance to do their dirty work. Crooks love the Holidays as much as everyone else.

Here are some tips on how to celebrate this season and make the Holidays a safe and happy time.

At Home:

  1. Be extra careful about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even if only for a few minutes. Also lock garages and sheds.
  2. If expecting packages try and plan on having someone home to accept them, most shippers have tracking available to let you know a time frame. If possible request that the shipper only deliver if the items are signed for. Also you can leave a note on your door requesting that your item not be left unless someone is there to sign for it. Have you neighbors be aware as well to watch for deliveries and hold the items for you until you get home.
  3. Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from a window or door, leave only a few presents out and store the remainder.
  4. If out at night turn on a radio or TV so the house looks occupied.
  5. If you go away for a few days get an automatic timer for lights and TV. Have a neighbor watch your house, shovel snow, pick up mail and newspapers(or have them held until you return) and park their car in your driveway from time to time.
  6. Be wary of strangers coming to the door asking for donations, a courier delivering a gift or public utility workers asking to enter your house. Ask for ID, look for workers vehicles and if you don’t feel comfortable don’t open the door, call the Police Desk and we will send a car to check them out.
  7. Be wary of scam and con artists, be very careful who you give your personal information and bank account or credit card information to. Your bank will not call on the phone or come to the door asking this information. Ask for and check on references, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel you are being pressured or don’t understand. Remember if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.
  8. Check electronic items and mark them with a unique identification number.
  9. Use only fire resistant ornaments and check lights to make sure they are safe. Teach children not to play with lights and electrical connections and avoid overloading outlets and using extension cords. Remember to keep live trees watered and do not leave tree lights on overnight or when away from home.
  10. Test your smoke detector and if you have guests let them know about your                   security and escape plan in case of an emergency.

When Shopping:

  1. Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  2. Shop before dark if possible and coordinate with a friend or relative if you plan on being out late.
  3. Park in well lighted areas and be sure to lock car doors and close windows. Secure items in the trunk and have keys ready to enter your vehicle and check the interior before getting in. Once inside lock the doors and don’t open them or get back out. Use your car panic alarm if you are being followed or feel uncomfortable.
  4. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and deter pick pockets and purse snatchers by carrying your purse under the arm and keeping wallets in front pockets.
  5. Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard if they become separated or lost. Teach them to stay close and avoid contact with strangers.
  6. Be careful with internet purchases, use reputable sites and secure payments such as pay-pal or a credit card. Avoid using a debit card on internet purchases.
  7. Check your Debit and Credit card account activity often to make sure it has not been compromised.

If you have celebrated a little too much at a Holiday party or out with family and friends and you can’t safely and responsibly operate your vehicle please don’t. Be a designated driver, find a designated driver or call a taxi. If you really care you won’t let your friends or loved ones operate a vehicle or get into a vehicle when you know that it can’t be done safely and responsibly. Please take the needed steps to avoid the senseless tragedies that occur on our highways as a result of drinking and driving or reckless operation. Also please make sure that everyone in the vehicle wears a seatbelt and children are in proper child safety restraints. It’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives. Make sure you clear snow and ice from your vehicle, keep an emergency pack with items such as blankets and a flashlight in your car and plan extra time on trips to allow for changing road conditions.

Also we encourage anyone who sees or hears anything suspicious or out of the ordinary in their neighborhood to please call the Desk at 366-2266 when it is happening. We would much rather send a car to check the situation than to find out at a later time that something happened and we could have had immediate information. We also advise residents to not open their doors to anyone unless they know who it is, again please call 366-2266 or 911 and have a patrol car respond.

If you are leaving town for an extended period of time please fill out a house watch check form and we will check your house while you are away. Residents can get the forms at the Police Desk or on our Department website. Fill them out and return them to the Police Desk. You can also fill out the form online and submit it electronically.

Make time to get together with family and friends and think about reaching out and helping senior citizens or those who are less fortunate. Take a little time to make the Holidays a safe and happy time for everybody. On behalf of the Dunkirk Police Department please have a safe, happy and joyous Christmas, New Year and Holiday Season.

DPD Kicks Off Reader Day

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The Dunkirk Police Department again this year will be involved with the Police Department Reader Day Program. The program started at School # 7 on December 1st and will continue with one Elementary School each Month thru March. Police Officers will visit all the Elementary Schools and read books to the children. As part of this program the Officers also spent time with the children explaining the Job of a Police Officer and answering any questions the children may have. The children at School # 7 greeted the Officers with a bottle of water and a pack of Extra Gum because they wanted to thank us for going the Extra for them. They also prepared thank you cards for the Officers to take back to the Police Station and hang on the bulletin board.

This program has helped to build a positive relationship with the children and let’s them be familiar with Police Officers in a positive setting. The program will help to make children more comfortable with Police Officers and hopefully build positive relationships in the future as well.

We again want to thank the City of Dunkirk School District for working together with the Police Department on our programs in the Schools.

 

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DPD Assists Parole, Sheriff’s With Taking Parole Violator Into Custody

On December 11, 2017 at about 7:40 P.M. officers from the New York State Parole, City of Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office went to 3647 New Rd. in the Town of Dunkirk attempting to serve a New York State Parole arrest warrant. At this time Rodney HAWKINS Jr. (subject of the warrant) attempted to flee from officers by jumping through a front window of the residence. HAWKINS, age 29, of Fredonia, NY, was taken into custody after a brief foot chase and was initially charged on the original Parole warrant of arrest, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the 2nd Degree. As a result of this initial encounter members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence from the Town of Dunkirk Court. The search warrant was then executed and as a result of the search warrant execution officers took Jonathan M. LINGER, age 30, of Dunkirk, NY and Martin J. WISNIEWSKI, age 43, of Dunkirk, NY into custody. During the course of the search warrant, officers located and seized a large amount of crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana. As a result of the seizure, each of the defendants are charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. All of the defendants were subsequently arraigned in the Town of Sheridan Court and committed to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail. Additionally, HAWKINS, will be arraigned on a felony arrest warrant from the City of Dunkirk Court charging him with Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree. This warrant stems from a separate investigation by the City of Dunkirk Police Department.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dunkirk Police Department. Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activities within their neighborhoods at either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.

Narcotics Arrest

On 11/30/17 Yanira CORRALIZA-MAESTRE turned herself into the City of Dunkirk Police Department on an outstanding arrest warrant that had been issued by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag. The warrant was issued based on information obtained from the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Yanira CORRALIZAMAESTRE has sold crack cocaine to agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force within the City of Dunkirk. After processing by the City of Dunkirk Police CORRALIZA-MASTRE was arraigned before Judge Drag and then committed to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further action of the Court. There will be additional charges lodged against CORRALIZA-MAESTRE at a later date as a result of the investigation. This arrest culminates a three month investigation into crack cocaine trafficking within the City of Dunkirk.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dunkirk Police Department. Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity within their neighborhoods at either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.

Safety reminders during Thanksgiving Holiday

The City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders to everyone during the Thanksgiving Holiday.thanksgiving article

  1. Please plan properly for trips by checking the weather and road conditions.
  2. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, take frequent breaks while driving. Keep your gas tank full and cell phone charged for emergencies.
  3. Be prepared to adjust driving as the road conditions change
  4. Always wear seatbelts and please make sure children are in a child safety seat. It’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives.
  5. Keep an emergency pack in the vehicle including blankets, water, snacks and a flashlight.
  6. Do not drive while texting or talking on your cell phone (except in case of an emergency). This is very distracting, dangerous and it is also illegal.
  7. We wish for everyone to enjoy the holiday with family and friends but if you have celebrated to much and can’t safely operate a vehicle please don’t. Designate a safe driver ahead of time. Please don’t create a tragedy as your remembrance of this holiday. True friends won’t let someone they love get behind the wheel or get into a vehicle with someone if they can’t safely operate it.
  8. If you encounter reckless operators do not confront them, pull off the road and call 911 with the description and direction of travel.
  9. If you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time please take advantage of our House Watch program. Details can be found by stopping at the Police Station, calling the Police Desk at 366-2266 or by visiting the forms section on our Department website dunkirkpolice.com
  10. Please keep an eye on what is going on in your Neighborhood. If you see or hear something out of the ordinary please call the Police Desk at 366-2266 or 911 and let us send an Officer to check it out.

 

The Dunkirk Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

DPD K-9 Unit receives donation

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Left to right are:   Greg Bundy, Dennis Garwronski, Larry Orcutt, Club president, Chief David Ortolano, K-9 handler Brian Dietzen, K-9 Gunny and Terry Frazier.  

The Dunkirk Police Department K-9 unit recently received a donation from the Moniuszko Social Club.  With the generous donation, the department was able to purchase a ballistic vest for K-9 Gunny to be worn while on patrol.  Donations such as these help keep the K-9 unit functioning and serving the community.  The Police Department would like to thank the Moniuszko Club for their donation and the community for their continuous support.  Pictures from left to right are:   Greg Bundy, Dennis Garwronski, Larry Orcutt, Club president, Chief David Ortolano, K-9 handler Brian Dietzen, K-9 Gunny and Terry Frazier.  

Search Warrant and Drug Arrests

On November 3, 2017 at 1:30 P.M. the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the City of Dunkirk Police SRT team executed search warrants at two separate apartments located at 47 W. 2nd St. in the City of Dunkirk. The entries in the apartments were made without incident and Irvin I. Reyes-Pachecho, age 21, of 425 Columbus Ave, Dunkirk, NY, Victor J. Quinones, age 21, of 516 Leopard St, Dunkirk, NY and Jonathan J. Torres-Morales, age 21, of 638 Oak St, Lebanon, PA were taken into custody. Reyes-Pacheco was located in the lower rear apartment at this location and Torres-Morales and Quinones were taken into custody in the lower front apartment. As a result of the searches at the two apartments authorities located and seized a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, a large quantity of money and a loaded rifle. The three subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Dunkirk City Jail pending their arraignment. Reyes-Pacheco was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, Quinones was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 5th Degree and Torres-Morales was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 5th Degree. This culminates a months long investigation into the sales of crack cocaine and marijuana from these locations. Additional charges are pending against these subjects as a result of the investigation. This investigation began from information provided by the community. Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity within their neighborhoods at either 800-344-8702 or 363-01313. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dunkirk Police Department.

Winter Parking Changes

Alternate and Overnight Parking regulations on Streets in the City of Dunkirk will be changing in November to assist snow removal efforts during the Winter months.
Overnight Parking rules go into effect Sunday November 5th, 2017and stay in effect thru Saturday April 7th, 2018. For overnight regulations parking is prohibited on the following Streets from 3:30AM – 7:00AM.

Brigham Rd. from Lakeshore Dr. South to the City Line.

Brooks Ave.

Canary St.

Central Ave. from City Pier to the City Line.

Columbus Ave.

Doughty St.

Eagle St. between 5th & 6th Streets, between Lakeshore Dr. West & Second Street

E. Chestnut St. from Fizell St. West to Warsaw St.

E. 6th St. from Main St. East to Maple Ave.

Franklin Ave. from Main St. South to Wright St.

Franklin Ave. from Talcott St. South to City Line

Irving Pl.

Lakeshore Dr. from City Line to City Line.

Lamphere St. from 7th South to City Line.

Lark St.

Leopard St.

Lynx St.

Main St. from Lakefront Blvd. South to 6th St.

Main St. Extension from Newton St. South to City Line.

Maple Ave. from Main St. South to Talcott St.

Middle Rd. from Moffat St. East to City Line.

Nichols Ave.

North Beaver St.

Pelican St.

Plover St.

Point Dr. North

Point Dr. West

Roosevelt Ave.

Ruggles St. from Main St. South to Wright St.

Taft Pl.

Talcott St. from Roberts Rd. West to Franklin Ave.

Temple St. from 4th. North to CSX

3rd St. from Main St. West to Central Ave.

Washington Ave. from 3rd St. South to 4th St.

2nd St. from Brigham Rd. West to Brooks Ave.

7th St. from Woodrow Ave. West to Brigham Rd.

Woodrow Ave. from Lucas Ave. North to 6th St. 

All other Streets not subject to the above listed Overnight Parking are subject to Alternate Parking Regulations. The Alternate Parking Regulations change from Weekly to Daily for the Winter Months. Effective Sunday November 5th , 2017 at 5:00PM and continuing thru Saturday April 7th, 2018 vehicles shall be parked only on the Odd-Numbered side of the Street on Odd-Numbered Days and only on the Even-Numbered side of the Street on Even-Numbered Days. The date of the day after the hour of 5:00PM will determine the side which Parking is allowed.  

Warning notices will be issued for a short period of time after which strict enforcement will begin by issuance of Parking Summonses. Vehicles in violation of Overnight, Alternate or any other posted Regulations which hamper Snow Removal Efforts by Public Works or pose a hazard for access of Emergency Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. We also remind motorists that vehicles which block sidewalks and hamper sidewalk plowing will also be ticketed and towed if necessary. Please pay attention to Snow Plow operators and assist them with their efforts by giving them the right of way during snow storms.

This past Winter Season saw a lot of snowfall and we thank our residents for their cooperation in getting their vehicles moved in a timely manner and look forward to their cooperation again this Winter Season. The Dunkirk Police Department is again asking for everyone’s cooperation with Parking Regulations and assisting us in making the City a safe place for all those who live, work and visit here. Any questions about parking regulations can be directed to the Communications Desk at 366-2266.

Halloween Safety


Halloween can be a very fun holiday for everyone especially kids, to make the holiday a treat instead of a trick please follow these safety tips. 

Halloween Costumes:

• Check that the costumes are flame retardant.

• Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night.

• Try using make-up instead of masks, a mask can be uncomfortable and obstruct a child’s view when crossing streets and using steps.

• Wear light colored costumes and use reflective material or tape, this will make children more visible after dark.

• Avoid costumes that have weapons, if they are part of the costume make sure they are made from cardboard or other flexible material.

 

Trick or Treating:

• Never let children go out alone.

• Young children should be with parents, older kids with friends.

• Trick or treat in groups.

• Map a route ahead of time and make sure parents know the route.

• Stop only at familiar houses with lights on.

• Try and trick or treat while it’s still light out.

• Stay in well lighted areas and carry a flashlight.

• Teach children to Never, Never go into a strangers house or accept a ride from a stranger. If someone makes them feel uncomfortable or tries to grab them, children should scream, yell, fight and kick to get away. They should then find a parent or adult they trust and tell them what happened as soon as possible.

• If your child has a cell phone make sure they are familiar with local emergency numbers and the proper use of 911 and what information they need to give First Responders.

• Walk on sidewalks and cross at crosswalks.

 

Treats:

• Teach children to not eat any treats until they get home.

• To avoid temptation give children a snack before they go out.

• Check all treats at home and eat only unopened candy and treats in original wrappers. Carefully inspect fruit and homemade treats and ask who gave them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The City council has set trick or treating hours of 4:00PM until 7:00PM on Halloween. We urge everyone to please observe these guidelines.

The City Youth and Recreation Department will be hosting a Halloween Party for children from 3PM-5PM on October 31st at City Hall in the Mayors Conference Room.

Halloween can be a lot of fun for kids and parents alike. Take a few extra minutes and remember the tricks and treats of playing it safe. A lot of the safety rules that apply to Halloween are good rules to follow all the time.

Our Neighborhood Watch groups will be out keeping an eye on their neighborhoods for criminal activity and reporting to the Police Department Anyone who witnesses or suspects any criminal activity can dial 911 for emergencies.

 

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

Trick or Treat Hours & Event

In addition City Hall will be hosting an event for children which will begin at 3 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room on the second floor of city hall. From there, children will be free to stop by each department in City Hall for internal trick or treating. All children are invited to attend with their guardian.