School Safety

New School 7 Speed Zone

New School 7 Speed Zone

Summer vacation has ended and school will be starting September 2nd for students. The City of Dunkirk Police Department is reminding everyone to pay close attention to children as they walk to and from school and to obey the laws regarding speed in school zones, walking in the roadway, riding bicycles and yielding the right of way to stopped school buses.

The speed limit in school zones is 15MPH for all School areas except 20MPH on Rt.# 60 at School # 3 from 7:00AM until 3:30PM  any day that  school is in session. Please note that with the assistance of the School District and NYS DOT we have now established a new School Speed Zone on Lake Shore Drive East at School # 7. The reduced speed in this new zone is 25MPH. The Police Department will have patrol officers checking the school zone areas for violations of the speed limit. Our priority in enforcing this law is for the safety of the children. As always voluntary compliance is very helpful but there will be strict enforcement and traffic summonses will be issued for the safety of the children. The few seconds it takes to slow down will not disrupt anyones day.

We want everyone to be aware and pay close attention to children who are walking to and from school, especially at intersections and crosswalks. A reminder to all motorists to please pay attention to and follow all directions of the school crossing guards and police officers who are at the intersections directing the children safely across the streets. Failure to stop as directed can result in the arrest of the vehicle operator.

A very strict warning to motorists that they must stop for school buses that have their red lights flashing. All vehicles on the highway operating in any direction on single lane or multiple lane highways must stop before their vehicle reaches the school bus when the bus has it’s red flashing lights in operation. The operators of vehicles cannot proceed past any such bus until the lights stop flashing or they are signaled by the bus driver or a police officer to safely proceed. Violations of this law will be strictly dealt with and the punishment can range from heavy fines to jail time or a combination of both. We take violations of this law very seriously. Throughout the school year we will have patrols checking on school bus operations to ensure safety.

Parents are urged to talk with their children about the dangers of them talking with or getting into a vehicle with any strangers or entering a house of a stranger.  If approached by any stranger teach your children to run away, scream, yell and find a teacher, police officer, crossing guard or an adult they know and tell them what happened. If your child has a cell phone talk with them about being familiar with street names and calling 911 for help in an emergency.

Parents who drop their children off at the Middle School on Eagle Street are to drop off only on the West side (the same side as the School) as dropping off on the East side will put the children in danger crossing the road in front of traffic and trying to make a left turn into the loop causes traffic back up and safety issues as well. There is signage in place that prohibits the left turn into the bus loop. We will have patrols in the area to monitor this situation.

We are also issuing a reminder to everyone about walking in the roadway. This is very dangerous and if traffic is obstructed it is a violation of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law and also the Penal Law depending upon the situation. Anyone riding a bicycle is reminded that they must follow all the rules of the road as if they were a vehicle. We will have enforcement in all areas to maintain vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Again we are urging parents to talk with their children about these safety issues. By spending a few extra minutes as drivers of vehicles or as parents talking with their children everyone can help make school a safe, enjoyable learning experience. The children of today hold the key to the future and we must take the extra precautions to protect them and keep them safe.

106 Woodrow Ave Drug Arrest

Hooten and Hall

On August 25, 2015, at about 3:00 P.M., members of the New York State Parole with the assistance of the Dunkirk Police Department, Dunkirk City Police K-9 NICO and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force conducted a search of a residence at 106 Woodrow Ave. in the City of Dunkirk.  At the time of the search, authorities located Tyrone Hall and Aliza Hooten.  During the course of the search, authorities also located and seized a quantity of cocaine, scales for weighing controlled substances, packaging materials and several thousand dollars in U.S. currency and other negotiable checks. Both Hall and Hooten were taken into custody and transported to the Dunkirk City Jail.   As a result of this seizure, authorities have charged Aliza Hooten, age 24, of 106 Woodrow Ave, Dunkirk, NY with a Class B felony of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd Degree.   Hooten was subsequently arraigned before City of Dunkirk Court Judge Drag and then committed to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further action by the court.  Tyrone Hall, age 29, of 106 Woodrow Ave, Dunkirk, NY was committed to the Chautauqua County Jail on a Parole violation and will be arraigned in Dunkirk City Court at a later date.  Hall will also be charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree.

Thank you from The Chief

Chief David Ortolano

Chief David Ortolano

As we close out our 22nd year of National Night Out and begin to prepare for the 23rd edition I want to take a few minutes to reflect on this years program. We had one of the largest turnouts for this years event with about 300-400 people attending throughout the evening. One of the most promising aspects of this year was that we saw a lot of families at the event as well as a mix of citizens of all ages, that is very encouraging and exactly what we want to see. The positive interaction with citizens, families and children teach the value of trusting in the Police and Fire Department and that we are here to keep the community safe and the best way to do that is to have community support starting with the children all the way to our senior citizens. 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. Without the help of the community we would not have the success that we do in public safety. I want to commend every citizen that gets involved in crime prevention and especially our Night Out Coordinators Arlene Langendorfer, Donna Howlett, Ruby Green, Lorie Michalak Herman, Chris Sell and Martha DeJesus. Many of these coordinators have been a mainstay of this program for more than 15 years and one has not missed a year since the very first Night Out 22 years ago. Their dedication is amazing and we could not do this program without them. I want to also commend all of our Police Officers who have given their time to this program every year for the last 22 years and the Dunkirk Fire Department for their many years of participation as well.

The Dunkirk Police Department and Night Out Committee would like to thank all of our business sponsors for their support and dedication over the years, without them we would not enjoy the success we have. Our many thanks to Blasdell Pizza – Mark Dulak, Tops Markets – Jay Knavel, WalMart – Brad Balentine, Southpaw Signs – Cody Britton, P&G Foods – Gary & Patty Damico, Paper Factory – Bruce & Ann Mulkin, Midtown Realty – Bonnie Saletta, McDonalds Restaurant, G&E Tents – Bob Bankowski & Bob Karin, Awesome Bouncers – Jason Genovese, Save a Lot – Kevin Connelly, Atlas Comfort Cabins- Roger Gloss, Music by Nick and Andy, and Tim Hortons – Dave & Gina Kron. A special thanks to WDOE/96KIX FM, The Observer, Mayor AJ Dolce and the Common Council, and our DPW, Parks and Recreation Departments for all their support over the years. We are truly lucky to have the entire community take part in this event. With the help of everyone working together we will continue to make a difference one neighborhood at a time.


Chief David Ortolano

City of Dunkirk Police Department

438 Hoyt St. Upper Apt. Drug Arrest

Larkins and Jasinski

On Friday August 7th, 2015, at about 9:30 PM, K9 Nico of the Dunkirk Police patrol division and members of the Detective Bureau assisted New York State Parole with house checks of Parolees under their supervision. While at 438 Hoyt St in the upper apartment, K9 Nico located 110 grams of marijuana along with packaging material, an electronic scale with cocaine residue and a small amount of cocaine inside a locked safe.  The marijuana was packaged for street sale. $1335.00 in cash was also seized as part of the investigation. Bianca M. Larkins, age 25, and Zacre T. Jasinski, age 24, of 438 Hoyt St. Upper Apt. were both charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the Fourth Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh degree. Jasinski was also charged with a parole violation.


Scam-Alert copy

The Dunkirk Police Department is reminding residents to be wary of scams initiated by phone, mail or email. The latest scams have been involving subjects calling residents claiming to be either a family member or official ex: police, emergency room etc. and that the family member is outside the country and has been arrested, involved in an accident or is otherwise in need of money. The caller usually has some background including the family member’s name. The caller can be very convincing and stresses the importance of getting the money to them as quick as possible usually in the form of Western Union or Money Gram. The police are advising to not send any funds unless the identity and accuracy of the caller and the incident can be verified. A simple call to the alleged family member in need or another relative can be all it takes to verify. The police also caution that once funds are sent it is usually very difficult, if not impossible, to recover any funds – especially when funds are sent out of the country. This is just one of many scams being perpetrated. Others use mail, email and social media and can involve lottery winnings, insurance claims, IRS and employment opportunities just to name a few. The police department recommends that no funds be sent unless the recipient can be verified and the correspondence is legitimate. When is doubt, City residents are encouraged to call the Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266.

National Night Out 2015


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.