Summertime Safety Reminders

With Summer fast approaching and activities on the increase along the Waterfront the City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders.

Please wear a seat belt and have children secured properly in a child safety seat, it is a proven fact that seat belts and safety seats save lives. Texting and talking on cell phones while driving is illegal and dangerous.

If you’ve had too much to drink and can’t safely operate your vehicle please don’t.

Be aware while travelling through our School Zones, the speed limit while school is in session is 15 MPH with the exception of 20 MPH on Rt. 60 @ School # 3 and 25 MPH on Rt. 5 @ School # 7.

Be aware of increased activity in the Wright Park/Serval Street areas. Little League Baseball and Softball are in full swing as well as several Softball Tournaments at Wright Park and Point Gratiot. There will be increased enforcement in this area as we are committed to providing a safe environment for Little League Baseball, Softball and Tournaments.  Motorists should be aware of the Babe Ruth League games on Lucas Ave.   Slow down and watch for pedestrians in all these areas.

Be aware of the increased activity at the City pier around the Boardwalk Market, Music on the Pier as well as the many activities around the waterfront establishments with bands, nightlife activities and several festivals that are planned. The Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday May 28th, we encourage everyone to come out for the ceremonies and enjoy the day in the downtown and waterfront areas.

During the course of the summer there will be several road races and walks along the waterfront, please pay attention and be cautious during these events.

A reminder about Park rules and regulations: Dogs must be on a leash and owners are responsible to pick up the dog waste, this is just common courtesy to all the others that use and enjoy our Parks. Alcohol consumption in permitted areas only. NO GLASS in any of the Park, Beach or City Pier areas. Littering is illegal and we ask for cooperation to keep our Parks and City Pier area clean. Containers in the Park areas are for garbage/litter generated only from the use of the Park, anyone who dumps personal garbage into these containers will be prosecuted.

The City of Dunkirk Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment along the Waterfront and in our Parks during the summer. We encourage everyone to come out and visit our Waterfront and Park areas to see what’s going on. We believe that you will be pleasantly surprised. We ask for the cooperation of our residents and visitors to please exercise caution while driving in the areas that have increased activities and we hope you enjoy the summer along the waterfront.  Please don’t hesitate to call the Communications Desk at 366-2266 if you see something out of the ordinary or have a question.

“DPD Reader Day”

The Dunkirk Police Department, continuing its involvement with the Police Department Reader Day Program, read to Northern Chautauqua Catholic School (NCCS) students.  Police Officers visit 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. 

This program continues to help 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 NCCS for working together with the Police Department on our programs in the Schools.

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“Breakfast with a Cop”

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Josiah Adorno, from Mrs Rukavina’s 4th grade class, enjoys breakfast with Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano, Officers Tom Rozumalski and Roberto Fred and Tim Horton’s owners, Gina and Dave Kron.

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 have graciously agreed to donate the cost of the student’s breakfast.  Along with the student and Police Officers, the student’s family members are invited to have breakfast compliments of the Dunkirk PBA. 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.

National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day – April 28th

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 April 28, 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 10  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 April 18th  from 10AM-2PM.  Again this will be a drive in and drop off with no questions asked.    

Dunkirk Police Release 2017 Report

TO:  Mayor Wilfred Rosas

     :  Common Council Members

FROM:  Chief David C. Ortolano

SUBJECT: 2017 Report

I want to start out this report on a very sad note as 2017 was one of the most trying heartbreaking years in the history of the Dunkirk Police Department with the death of our beloved K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton. Matthew was a very dedicated Officer that

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Officer Matthew Hazelton and K9 Nico

served this Community with Dedication, Integrity, Honor and Respect and he was a very important part of our Department. We truly found out what an amazing caring support system we have in our Brothers and Sisters in the Police and Fire Service, City Administration and the Citizens and Business Community we serve. The outpouring of support was nothing short of amazing and it helped our Department and the Hazelton family as we struggled through a very tough time. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Matthew’s family and we will always be DPD Strong for them. There is an emptiness in the hearts and hallways of the Dunkirk Police Department that can never be filled.

 

As you will see we had a very busy year. While our total calls for service increased by about 15% our overall crime rate statistics went down showing a 10% decrease when compared to 2016. Notable Investigations in 2017 included a homicide case on July 6th which was closed by arrest after investigation by our Patrol and Detective Officers.  In the Spring Months of the year we made several Narcotic Arrests as a result of investigations by our Drug Task Force Agents/Detectives, Patrol and SRT Officers. Within a three week time frame we charged 9 subjects and shut down two substantial Narcotic operations. We didn’t stop there as during the course of the year we made several more Narcotic arrests as well.

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CCSO Lt. Dave Bentley and DPD Chief David Ortolano

These investigations are the result of very dedicated work by our Drug Task Force Agents/Detectives, Patrol Officers and SRT officers. We continue our work on Narcotic related investigations on a daily basis with our Task Force Officers, Detectives, Patrol Officers and most importantly the assistance of the citizens of our Community as this type of activity can affect the quality of life in the Community. We ran several Street Sweep initiatives in a cooperative effort with NYS Parole. This program is aimed at street and neighborhood level checks for warrants and criminal activity and to assure that parolees are complying with their terms of release. We have also had great success on many other major case and narcotics investigations and arrests as well. Again the success we enjoy in our investigations and arrests does not come without the help of the Community. Our Community Policing efforts have paid huge dividends as we have seen an increase in citizens coming forward with information and getting involved to help us make this Community a safer place.

nextdoorOur Nextdoor Neighbor social media based Neighborhood Watch has grown this past year as well. The combination of our Community involvement and the dedication of the men and women of the Dunkirk Police Department working hard every day have made a difference and we will continue to work for them and make that difference each and every day. We cannot thank the Community residents enough for their help. We are only as effective as the Community that stands behind us.

We are dedicated to provide the best in public safety to our residents as well as our Business Community and those who work and visit here by addressing residential quality of life issues in Neighborhoods and by maintaining a proactive Patrol presence on a regular basis creating a safe environment in our Neighborhoods, Business Districts, Waterfront and Park areas. We had a large number of Residents and Businesses participating in our House Watch and Business Watch program in 2017. The Department conducted 13,800 area and business checks and 2,385 house checks for 2017, this is a total increase of close to 40% compared to 2016. Programs such as these are just a few examples that embody the dedication of a local Police Department that enjoys such a great relationship with it’s Residents and Business Community.

 

We worked closely with the City School District in 2017 on training programs for our IMG_1052 copyPatrol and SRT Officers related to School Safety. Our SRT Team received a Protective Equipment Grant for $16,000 that has allowed us to purchase much needed proper tactical and safety equipment for our Team.   As part of our STEP Grant we focused Patrols in the School Zone areas for Speed Enforcement and we also dedicate Patrols to all the School District areas during the day especially during the arrival and release times.

 

Some Highlights from the good news department in 2017: We welcomed our new K-9 gunnyGunny to the Department and he will be handled by Officer Brian Dietzen. Off. Dietzen and Gunny have already proven to be a very valuable asset to the Department and Community. The Department participated in School Reader Day Programs within all the School Districts Elementary Schools from October thru April. Our Officers participated in many events during the year with local businesses, clubs and organizations aimed at promoting a positive relationship with everyone from our children to our senior citizens. Our NextdoorIMG_4282 Neighbor Program is still going strong, programs such as this strengthens our long standing Neighborhood Watch program. We provided a very safe environment along the Waterfront and Parks during our very busy summer months with Music on the Pier and July 4th activities as well as many other festivities. The highlight of the summer season was the Second Dunkirk Air Show. We worked together with the Fire Department and other City Departments to provide a very safe event for tens of thousands of residents and visitors. The 24th edition of our National Night Out in August was a huge success with another large turnout. This program continues to grow each year and more than a dozen of our Officers volunteered for the program again. 2018 will be our 25th National Night Out and it is truly a testament to the Night Out Coordinators and the residents of our Community that we have kept this program growing when many communities have given up on it. We coordinated two prescription take back programs one in the spring and one in the fall and the Department and PBA ended the year by assisting the County Office of Aging with the Santa for Seniors program, this program helps our Senior Citizens in need during the Christmas Holiday Season and let’s them visit with our Officers.

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Pictured are Officer Jeffrey Ortolano, Sgt. Douglas Switzer, Sgt. Mark Gruber, Chief David Ortolano, Officer Robert Fred and Lt. Mark Timmerman

 

We have continued our Patrol Services contract with the Town of Dunkirk which provides Residential and Business area checks in the Town. The Town is very happy with our service and we look forward to our continued relationship with them.

I commend the Command, Patrol and Detective divisions of the Department for their leadership, diligence and dedication. Our SRT Team and Drug Task Force have done a commendable job as well. As a note, reports and statistics show that Law Enforcement Officer Deaths by firearms increased by another 35% in 2017 on top of a 65% increase in 2016 with 129 line of Duty Deaths Nationwide. Assaults on Police Officers rose again in 2017 as well. This is a concern to all Law Enforcement and we address this with our Officers in our ongoing in-service training throughout the year.

On behalf of the entire Dunkirk Police Department I want to thank all of you for your support .It is very important to have an Administration that supports us and allows us the tools we need to successfully do our work and provide the best in public safety to those we serve. We look forward to our continued relationship and working together with you to keep our Community a safe place to live, work and visit.

Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any questions.

2017 Yearly Report

Respectfully,

 

David C. Ortolano

Chief of Police

Drug and Weapons Arrest

A routine traffic stop lead to the arrest of a North Tonawanda man just after 3:00 PM this afternoon. Dunkirk Police stopped a car on Main St. when the driver failed to properly signal for a turn. When the officer approached the vehicle and asked the driver for his license and registration a strong odor of marihuana was detected. The driver, identified as Jaquan T. Collins, admitted to possessing marihuana and turned over a plastic bag containing a little over 17 grams of the substance. A subsequent check of the vehicle lead to the seizure of a handgun that was in the side pocket of the driver’s side car door. The weapon, a revolver, was not loaded. Jaquan T. Collins was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with Improper Turn Signal, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree.

He posted bail and will appear in Dunkirk City Court at a later date for arraignment.

Alternate and Overnight Parking Changes

Spring and summer parking regulations will be taking effect for Alternate and Overnight Parking with the following changes.

Overnight Parking: Overnight Parking regulations on  the main streets such as Central Ave., Lakeshore Dr., Brigham Rd., Doughty St., Main St. and many of the smaller side streets will end Sunday April 1st and does not resume again until Sunday November 4th .

Alternate Parking: Parking will change back to weekly as follows:

Effective at 5:00PM starting Sunday April 1st and continuing to Sunday November 4th for one week periods commencing at 5:00PM on any odd numbered Sunday, parking shall be allowed on the odd numbered side of the streets affected and on any even numbered Sunday, parking shall be allowed on the even numbered side of the streets affected. The date of the day after 5:00PM on Sunday determines the side on which parking is allowed for the following week. Courtesy tags will be issued as reminders for a short period of time, after that time parking summonses will be issued.

It is not the goal of the City of Dunkirk or the Police Department to issue parking summonses for violations. We are asking everyone’s cooperation to park properly and help those who may be visitors to our area with understanding our parking regulations. Proper parking is a matter of public safety in that we have to keep streets open and accessible to emergency vehicles at all times. We want everyone to be aware that if the need arises we will tow vehicles that hamper access by emergency vehicles or create a hazard to public safety. Proper parking also allows Public Works access for street repairs and maintenance.

We truly appreciated the help of our residents this past winter with getting their vehicles moved in a timely manner during winter storms. Your cooperation kept the streets clear for plows and emergency vehicles. Thank you !!

Again we ask everyone to help keep the City of Dunkirk a safe place for residents, business people and visitors to enjoy. Please call the Police Communications Desk at 366-2266 with any questions regarding Parking Regulations.

Dunkirk Police Introduces “Breakfast with a Cop” program

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Chief David Ortolano and Officer Tom Rozumalski have breakfast with Central Christian Academy student Michael Cettell from Miss Oakes’ class

The City of Dunkirk Police Department has launched a new program with all the Elementary Schools within the City.  Several months ago Off. Thomas Rozumalski approached City Police Chief David Ortolano and Police Lt. Mark Timmerman with an idea to honor students selected by elementary schools by taking them for breakfast. The program is now under way and a student from each school 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 have graciously agreed to donate the cost of the student’s breakfast. Along with the student and Police Officers, the student’s family members are invited to have breakfast compliments of the Dunkirk PBA. 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.
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano said, “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 type 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.”

Robbery Arrest

Nathaniel Lion

Nathaniel R. Lion, 30 years of age, of Fredonia, New York was arrested on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 on a Felony Indictment Warrant in connection with the Robbery which occurred at Gamerz Haven located at the D&F Plaza on 02/01/2018.
The Dunkirk Police Department was assisted in the investigation, resulting in the arrest of Lion, by members of the University Police at SUNY Fredonia and the Village of Fredonia Police Department.

Menacing Arrest

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Terry T. Young-Copeland

On Monday February 5th, 2018 at about 3:40 AM, officers of the City of Dunkirk Police Department responded to an address on Lake Shore Dr E after receiving a 911 call reporting an assault. Officers arrived on scene and after an investigation determined that Terry T. Young-Copeland, age 30, of Dunkirk, NY, had allegedly threatened another subject with a sledgehammer during a dispute. Young-Copeland was taken into custody and transported to City of Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was booked on a charge of Menacing in the Second Degree.  He was arraigned by Judge John Kuzdale and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail.