DPD Begins Fourth Year Reading to Students at School 7

In March of 2015, the Dunkirk Police Department, in collaboration with the Elementary schools in the City, began “DPD Reader Day.”  Reader Day is when Dunkirk Police Officers read to students to help the students become more comfortable with interacting with police officers.

Throughout the year, several Police Officers visit the Elementary Schools and read books to the children and also spend time explaining the job of a Police Officer and answering any other questions the children might have.  K-9 Officer Brian Dietzen with K-9 Gunny also visited the school.  Officer Dietzen answered many questions for the students about being a K-9 officer.

When the program first began, Chief David Ortolano said, “The program helps 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.”

As always, we thank the schools for making time for the police department to participate in the program.

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Chief Ortolano read to students at Dunkirk School 7. Chief Ortolano is pictured with K-9 Officer Brian Dietzen and K-9 Gunny while Officer Dietzen answers questions about K-9 Gunny.

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Officer Joe Carruth read to Dunkirk School 7 students

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Sgt Chris Witkowski read to Dunkirk School 7 students

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Officer Jeff Ortolano read to Dunkirk School 7 students

Dunkirk PBA Makes Donation

Santa for Seniors

Pictured: Off. Matt Martinez – PBA President, Off. Joe Carruth – PBA Secretary, Cathy Gatto – Community Bank, Chief David Ortolano, Dr. Mary Ann Spanos – Director Office for the Aging.

The Dunkirk PBA together with the Community Bank Central Ave. Branch in Dunkirk made a donation to the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging to help with the Santa for Seniors Holiday program. The Santa for Seniors Program delivers Holiday gift bags that includes meals, clothing items and daily personal need items to Senior Citizens in our area who would otherwise have a lonely Holiday Season.  Community Bank recently chose the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association (PBA) as the recipient of a $250.00 Community Service Grant. The PBA happily decided to match the Community Bank Grant amount and chose the Santa Seniors Program as the recipient of $500.00 to assist Office For Aging with purchasing items for this year’s Christmas Bags.

In addition to the donation once the Holiday Gift Bags are packed and ready to go City of Dunkirk Police Officers will be delivering them to and spending some time visiting with over 40 Senior Citizens just in our Community during the Christmas Holiday.

The Dunkirk PBA wants to thank Community Bank for partnering with us on this donation that will help the Office for Aging give a gift to so many of our Senior Citizens during the Christmas Holiday. We also want to thank the Chautauqua County Office for Aging for letting us be a part of this wonderful program.

Warrant Arrest

TRIPP MUG SHOT 11-18-18

Trevon D. Tripp

On Sunday November 18, 2018, a local man with an outstanding warrant for Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree Loaded Firearm, was taken into custody after a vehicle pursuit in the City of Dunkirk. At about 11:30 AM, Officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Trevon D. Tripp, age 21, of Dunkirk, NY, who failed to comply and attempted to flee from officers in the vehicle. Tripp was taken into custody shortly after he abandoned the vehicle and led officers on a foot pursuit. In addition to the outstanding warrants, Tripp has been charged with Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Reckless Driving and six additional Vehicle and Traffic infractions. During the incident the Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Fredonia Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department.

Thanksgiving Safety Reminders

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

  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 or call for a ride. 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.

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.

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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.