WKBW Channel 7 highlights DPD Breakfast with a Police Officer Program

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Edward Meadows, from Mrs. Pixel’s 5th grade class at School 3, and his family have breakfast with Dunkirk Police Officers as part of the police department “Breakfast with a Police Officer” program

Last Spring, the Dunkirk Police Department launched a community program where a student is picked up at their school by a City Police Officer and taken for breakfast in a marked patrol car to Tim Hortons on Lakeshore Drive East.  Dave and Gina Kron from Tim Hortons reserve a special table for the student and they graciously donate the cost of the student’s breakfast.  After breakfast the student is taken for a short ride with the Police Officer and then taken back to school. This program is an excellent opportunity for the students and parents to have a positive interaction with their Police Officers and to build a positive relationship. The program is aimed at rewarding students for their hard work and that their Police Officers and Community appreciate that hard work.

Last year, Off. Thomas Rozumalski approached City Police Chief David Ortolano and Police Lt. Mart Timmerman with an idea to honor students selected by elementary schools by taking them for breakfast.  Chief Ortolano said then, “I commend Officer Rozumalski for this great idea and Lt. Timmerman for his work on coordinating the program with all the schools in the City.  We want to commend the Krons and their employees at Tim Hortons for taking such good care of us when we bring the students in  for breakfast.  They truly are a great community business partner.  We also want to thank all the schools for working together with us on this program.  It is these types of programs that continue to build positive Police/Community relations that will pay off in the future and hopefully create a few future Police Officers as well.”

WKBW Channel 7 did an excellent job highlighting the program.  The link to their website is below.

WKBW Channel 7 Link

Seasonal road closure

 

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Lakefront Blvd. between North Beagle and North Serval Streets has been closed for the Winter Season. The City of Dunkirk Department of Public Works has completed the placement of signage along Lakefront Blvd. as well as Pine Street North on all the side Streets in that First Ward area.  Vehicles may travel North from Pine Street for local residential traffic only.

Lakefront Blvd. is closed for the Winter Season for the purpose of traffic safety. The roadway can become very slippery and impassable due to ice and snow build up from the lake over-spray.  The Department of Public Works will NOT be performing regular road clearing maintenance of Lakefront Blvd. during the Winter Season.

Operators of vehicles that pass the posted signs can be charged with a violation under the Vehicle and Traffic law and may be subject to legal liability as well. We are asking all residents to please cooperate by not driving on the roadway until the Spring when the DPW opens the roadway back up to regular traffic.

Dunkirk Police Officers have breakfast with students

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City Of Dunkirk Police Chief, David Ortolano, is happy to announce that the Police Department’s “take a student to breakfast” program has begun early for this school year.  Due to the excitement and outstanding response from the last school year, the Police Department decided to start this fall with honoring a student from each elementary school in Dunkirk and then again in the spring. The program kicked off this year at Dunkirk School 7 with student Dallas Davis.  Dallas was picked up at his school in a marked patrol car and taken for breakfast at Tim Hortons.  The Dunkirk Police Department extends a special thank you to Dave and Gina Kron, their wonderful staff at Tim Hortons and all the school’s staff who help to make it a special day for these wonderful students.

Driver arrested with 37 suspensions

CARTENAGAWhile on patrol, Officers observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Third Street and did proceed through the red light at the intersection of Third and Main. After conducting a traffic stop on Franklin Avenue, it was discovered that the operator, 25 year old Javier J. Cartagena of Rochester, did not possess a valid New York State driver’s license and that his driving privileges had been suspended 37 times on 17 different dates. Cartagena was also operating a vehicle which displayed switched registration plates. Cartagena was taken into custody for Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree and several other traffic infractions and transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters. The subject was arraigned and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail.

Robbery Investigation

MURRAY HALLThe Dunkirk Police Department was called to a reported Robbery in Progress at a Local Convenience Store/Gas Station on Central Avenue in the City of Dunkirk. After an extensive search of the area by the Patrol and Detective Divisions Suspect Murray Hall III, age 32, of Dunkirk, was located. Hall was positively identified by store personnel and was taking into custody without incident. Hall was charged with Robbery in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree and arraigned before the Honorable Judge Rachel Roberts and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail. Murray Hall is currently being held without Bail.

Winter Parking

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 4th 2018 and stay in effect thru Saturday April 6th, 2019. For overnight regulations parking is prohibited on the following Streets from 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM.

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

  1. Chestnut St. from Fizell St. West to Warsaw St.
  2. 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 4th, 2018 at 5:00PM and continuing thru Saturday April 6th, 2019 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 5:00 PM 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 City 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

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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 and we will send an Officer to check on it.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

Prescription Drop Off

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The City of Dunkirk Police Department and WCA ALSTAR Ambulance in cooperation with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are coordinating a North County location for National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day on Saturday October 27, 2018 from 10AM-2PM.

WCA ALSTAR Services has again graciously provided their North Headquarters for the drive in drop off location. ALSTAR North is located behind School # 3 at Rt. 60 and Orchard Street in the City of Dunkirk. The prescriptions can be dropped off with no questions asked.

This is a very important program because any unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issues leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. In many States deaths from Prescription drugs now exceeds those from motor vehicles accidents with opiate painkillers like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin leading abuse. Recent reports show that the number of people seeking treatment for painkiller addiction had increased 400 % within the last 10 years.  Reports show that one in ten 12th grade students used pharmaceutical narcotic pain killers for non medical use. The reports also show that the majority of the teenagers (62%) using prescription drugs got them from family and friends including from medicine cabinets in their own homes. Unintentional overdose deaths from prescription opiods increased 175% over a 5 year period.   Recent reports note that there were 6.2 Million Americans aged 12 years and older who abused prescription drugs within the past month with 7 of the 10 most commonly abused drugs by teenagers being prescription medicine.

Proper disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs can eliminate temptation for abuse and the temptation for them to be stolen from a residence. The proper disposal also does not affect the environment which can happen if they are flushed into the sewer systems.  Most importantly proper disposal can help lower the deaths rate related to overdose and abuse, especially in our children and young adults.

Please take the time to empty your shelves and cabinets from unused and expired prescription drugs and bring them to the drop off point at ALSTAR Ambulance behind School # 3 at Rt. 60 and Orchard Street in Dunkirk on Saturday October 27th   from 10AM-2PM.  Also we ask that if you have parents or grandparents that you check with them as well to make sure they sort through any prescriptions they may have that are not needed or have expired. Again this will be a drive in and drop off with no questions asked.

Central Avenue Paving

Central Avenue is set to begin the paving process on Thursday 10/18/18. Crews will begin at Lake Shore Drive and work southerly to the City line. Crews will be working in approximately 1/2 mile increments during this process. It would be anticipated that crews will be working in reverse order for the segments that we saw during the initial milling process that was completed last week.

Residents and visitors will need to pay attention and follow all traffic control along Central Avenue during this process. Parking on Central Avenue will be restricted and enforced during this phase. All vehicles must be removed from Central Avenue to allow crews  to have complete access during working hours.

Communications Center Remodel

From left: D/Sgt. Daniel Manzella, Chief David Ortolano, Mayor Wilfred Rosas, City Custodian Lou Polichetti and City Electrician Mike Przybycien

After several Months of planning and work the City of Dunkirk Police Department will be working out of a newly remodeled updated Communications Center. The remodeled center replaces operations and equipment that was close to 30 years old.

 

 

 

 

Realizing that the main operations center of the Police Department was in need of facility updates and modernization Mayor Willie Rosas worked with the Police Department on a plan to move the project forward with budget funds being allocated for 2018 to complete the task. With the Administration approving the 2018 budget the planning and design for the project started in early 2018 and was recently completed.

Desk Sergeant Daniel Manzella coordinated the project for the Department and worked with City Electrician Mike Przybycien, City Custodian Lou Polichetti, City Welder Ken Sek, Chief David Ortolano and several members of the Police Department in the design and remodel process. The entire Communications center was gutted with all of the electrical, communications and  computer/data systems as well as City Hall/ Police Department Security Cameras and Monitors being upgraded and updated. New shelving was built to house electrical and video recording equipment. Once the center was gutted and prepared for renovations Contract Interior Solutions of Jamestown began work on installing the new design concept for the Communications Desk area and flooring. The City’s Communications provider Saia Communications of Buffalo worked on the relocation, updates and installation of the Radio Communications equipment in the Center.

The Communications Center is the heart of the day to day operations of the City of Dunkirk Police Department. With the new upgrades to our Center we will continue to provide the citizens of our Community the best in public safety that we can give them.

“On behalf of all the men and women of the City of Dunkirk Police Department I want to thank Mayor Rosas for working with us to get this project done. Thank you to City Welder Ken Sek, Contract Interior Solutions and Saia Communications for their excellent work. I want to especially thank Desk Sgt. Dan Manzella, City Electrician Mike Przybycien and Custodian Lou Polichetti for their countless hours of hard work. Everyone working together brought this project to a completion that exceeded all my expectations.”

Chief David Ortolano