After receiving complaints from neighbors using the “Nextdoor” social media site the police department participates in, City of Dunkirk police were monitoring any suspicious activity at a vacant house on E Talcott St. On Friday, April 21, 2017, at about 5:45 PM, while in the area officers came across a suspicious subject. That subject gave officers a false name and date of birth several times. After further investigation, it was determined that the subject was in fact Angel M. Soto-Alvarez, 27, of Dunkirk, NY and he had an active warrant for a violation of his conditional release. Soto-Alvarez was taken into custody and transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters. While booking Soto-Alvarez, officers located several hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia associated with it. In addition to the warrant, Soto-Alvarez is also charged with False Personation and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Needle.
On Tuesday August 4th the City of Dunkirk will be joining 30 million other citizens from over 9000 communities nationwide in celebrating National Night Out. This is the 22nd year that the Dunkirk Police Department is sponsoring Night Out in the City of Dunkirk.
National Night Out is designed to give strength to neighborhood crime and drug prevention efforts and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and not afraid to fight back. Our National Night Out program is directly correlated to our neighborhood watch programs that are active throughout the community.
On Tuesday August 4th citizens in Dunkirk will be locking their doors, turning their lights on and spending the evening with their neighbors, Police Officers, Firefighters and City Officials. Again this year we will have one centralized Night Out location at Washington Park. This will be the fifth year we have done the central location and we encourage everyone to come to Washington Park for the evening. Our coordinators will be working together on this event and we ask that anyone who can assist to please come to the Park before the event begins to help with set up. Also as in the past we also appreciate anyone who can to bring a desert to pass. The coordinators, who are the same dedicated citizens who work on our neighborhood watch program, donate a tremendous amount of time and work to this program every year, my hat is off to them as they make it all happen. The coordinators along with the support of the local businesses who donate to our program truly make Night Out the success that it is.
The Police Department will be at Washington Park during the evening with patrol cars and McGruff the crime dog. Everyone from our Senior Citizens down to small children will have the opportunity to meet and interact with our Police Officers, this emphasizes the importance of the Police community partnership and pride in the community. Also participating again this year will be the Dunkirk Fire Department. The Fire Department has joined forces with us and their participation is a huge success, it is important to show that we all are committed to making our community a safe place. The interaction between the Police Officers, Firefighters, City Officials and community residents build positive relationships that will benefit the entire community.
As an added bonus again this year we will have music by Nick and Andy and we have coordinated with the Recreation Department to have the Movie in the Park series at dusk to cap off our Night Out event. This year the movie will be Planes Fire & Rescue. We will have picnic tables to sit on or you can bring a blanket or lawn chair to the Park to sit on and enjoy the Movie.
***Again this years celebration will be held at Washington Park and we encourage everyone from all Wards of the City to attend. Night Out celebration will start at about 6:30PM with our usual activities and then cap off the night with a movie in the park featuring Planes Fire & Rescue at dusk (approx. 8:30PM).
**Washington Ave. will be barricaded between Fifth and Sixth Streets and Fifth Street will be barricaded from Washington Ave. to Park Ave. to allow those attending Night Out a place to park. There is also plenty of parking in the surrounding area around Washington Park for everyone to attend the celebration.
Also as a reminder the coordinators could use a little extra help and we ask anyone with a few minutes to show up a little early and help with set up or stay a few minutes afterwards and help with clean up. We also stress that parents do not send their children alone to the events, this program in devised to show the children the importance of the community working together.
A strong partnership within the community is our strongest weapon in keeping the community safe. It only takes a few minutes of time to get out and get involved and make a difference in the community. We have seen a very large change in the program over the years and more families are becoming involved, that is what this program is all about.
The Dunkirk Police Department and Night Out Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support and dedication over the years. Our many thanks to Tops Markets – manager Jay Knavel, WalMart-manager Brad Balentine, Southpaw Signs- Cody Britton, P&G Foods- Gary and Patty Damico, Paper Factory- Bruce & Ann Mulkin, Save A Lot- Kevin Connelly, Midtown Realty- Bonnie Saletta, McDonalds Restaurant, G&E Tents- Bob Bankowski & Bob Karin, Music by Nick&Andy, Blasdell Pizza – Mark Dulak, Awesome Bouncers – Jason Genovese and Dave & Gina Kron from Tim Hortons. Many of these sponsors have been part of National Night Out for a very long time and they donate services, food & refreshment items or financial support for our program, we could not have the success we do without their support. A special thanks to WDOE/96KIX FM , Access 12, Evening Observer, the City Administration and our DPW and Parks Departments for all their support over the years. We are truly lucky to have the entire community take part in this event, we will continue to make a difference one neighborhood at a time.
According to a recent study, 93% of Americans say it is important to look out for each other, yet 50% of Americans do not know a single neighbor by name. That is why Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, was created. Nextdoor’s mission is to bring back a sense of community to neighborhoods everywhere by offering free neighborhood websites specifically designed to foster conversations among neighbors and build stronger, safer communities.
Some City of Dunkirk neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor, and now the Dunkirk Police Department has adopted the platform to connect with residents to improve safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts.
On Nextdoor, neighbors create private websites to get to know one another, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. The Dunkirk Police will now be able to share important safety information and emergency notifications to residents on a neighborhood level through Nextdoor.
Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood, including the Dunkirk Police Department, or found on Google or other search engines. Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties.
Join your neighbors and the The Dunkirk Police Department in building a stronger, safer City of Dunkirk today at www.nextdoor.com. Anyone wishing to begin a Nextdoor neighborhood should visit www.nextdoor.com and sign up for an account. If you have any questions, please contact Police Headquarters at 366-2266 or email us at email@example.com.
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Dunkirk Police Department Adopts Nextdoor and Dog Walker Watch Programs
WHO: The Dunkirk Police Department, including Mayor Anthony J. Dolce, Chief David Ortolano, and all Dunkirk City residents
WHAT: Everyone is cordially invited to attend this press conference as the Dunkirk Police Department introduces two new initiatives:
(1) The Dunkirk Police Department is announcing a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents. This integration with Nextdoor will enable the Dunkirk Police Department to communicate online with city neighborhoods. Residents and the Dunkirk Police Department will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch. For the last two months, the Dunkirk Police Department has worked with neighborhood watch leaders to set up several virtual neighborhoods on Nextdoor.com and the City of Dunkirk now has about 350 members. This press conference will detail the initiative and explain its use with the goal of expanding the membership.
(2) Dog Walker Watch (DWW) is a crime awareness program sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and coordinated locally by law enforcement agencies and crime watch groups or other community organizations. The program encourages dog walkers nationwide to serve as “extra eyes and ears” for local law enforcement agencies in the ongoing crime prevention efforts. If you are a dog walker, we encourage you to attend for a special power point presentation to learn techniques to assist police.
WHEN: May 6th, 2015 a 7:00 PM
WHERE: Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Franklin Ave, Dunkirk, NY