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On Tuesday August 7th the City of Dunkirk will be joining 30 million other citizens from over 9000 communities nationwide in celebrating National Night Out. This is the 25th year that the Dunkirk Police Department is sponsoring Night Out in the City of Dunkirk. When many Communities have stopped their Night Out Programs our program is going strong and still growing after 25 years. This is directly related to the dedication of our Night Out Coordinators, the Police Department, Fire Department and the citizens of our Community in working together as partners to keep our City safe. We will have some special events to celebrate our 25th year and will announce the 50/50 raffle winner.
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 7th 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, McGruff the crime dog you can meet our K-9 Gunny as well. 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 and allow for positive interaction between our citizens and our Police Officers. 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 this year we will have music by Zen City featuring Frank Beach, Bill Sutton, Justin Jakubowicz and Don Hinman. 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 Zootopia. 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 donated by Family Video featuring Zootopia at dusk (approx. 8:30PM).
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 on Washington and Park Ave. 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 is a family event and is devised to show the children the importance of the community working together.
A strong Police/Community partnership within the community is the best weapon we have in keeping our City 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. As the program grows so does our commitment to working together to keep the community safe.
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 Scott Obert, 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, McDonalds Restaurant, Barts Cove – Jason Schrantz, G&E Tents- Bob Bankowski & Bob Karin, Music by Zen City, Blasdell Pizza – Mark Dulak, Awesome Bouncers – Jason Genovese, Bounce Chautauqua – James Fisher, Atlas Comfort Cabins – Roger Gloss, Family Video – Manager Shelby Saylor, 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, The 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, together we will continue to make a difference one neighborhood at a time.
Recently the Dunkirk Police Department has received a report that individuals are going door to door allegedly soliciting for City functions. The City of Dunkirk does not solicit door to door for donations to any City event – please contact the Dunkirk Police Communications Desk at 366-2266 should anyone saying they represent the City come to your door asking for a donation.
In addition, should anyone come to your door soliciting money please ask to see their City Permit. If they do not have one send them on their way and call police HQ immediately with a description and direction of travel. We will send a patrol car to check on these individuals and advise them of the proper procedures for going door to door.
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.
City of Dunkirk Police concluded a robbery and assault investigation this morning with the arrest of Fernando Martinez Jr, age 37, of Dunkirk, NY. It is alleged that Martinez forcibly stole an undisclosed amount of cash from an individual in the afternoon hours of November 8th, 2017 and caused physical injury to that person in the course of the robbery. Martinez was taken into custody at his residence after being found to be hiding inside of a washing machine. Martinez is being held over night in City lock up and will be arraigned in City Court on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree.
On Saturday December 24th 2017, at approximately 6:30 PM, City of Dunkirk police officers received a call for a reported shoplifting at Walgreens located at 327 Main St. The suspect allegedly stole property from the store and then ran out. After speaking with staff and reviewing security footage officers began canvassing the area for the suspect. Shortly later officers located a subject matching the description walking in the area of E 2nd St and Park Ave. After a brief investigation it was determined that the subject was the suspect from the shoplifting. After being advised he was under arrest the suspect, later identified as Wesley M. Priolette, took off running from officers. After a brief foot pursuit Priolette was subdued where he continued struggling with officers. Priolette was taken into custody and transported back to Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was booked and locked up. Priolette was charged with Petit Larceny and Resisting Arrest.
On Monday January 1st 2018, at approximately 3:50 PM, City of Dunkirk police officers responded to the Brooks Memorial Hospital ER for a trespass complaint. Officers arrived and were advised by hospital staff that a subject in the waiting room was trespassing. They stated the subject refused to be admitted and refused to leave the property. Officers made contact with the subject who was identified as Gregory L. Gallaway. Officers advised Gallaway several times that if he was not seeking medical attention that he needed to leave the property. Gallaway continued to refuse officers commands and was placed into custody for Trespass.
Gallaway was transported back to Dunkirk Police Headquarters to be booked and locked up. At headquarters Gallaway refused to obey officers commands and began physically resisting and fighting with officers. At one point during this, Gallaway struck an officer with his fist. Gallaway was also found to have a controlled substance in his possession for which he did not have a prescription. Gallaway was charged with Trespass, Obstruction 2nd, Resisting Arrest, Harassment 2nd and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.
The City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders to everyone during the Thanksgiving Holiday.
- Please plan properly for trips by checking the weather and road conditions.
- Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, take frequent breaks while driving. Keep your gas tank full and cell phone charged for emergencies.
- Be prepared to adjust driving as the road conditions change
- 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.
- Keep an emergency pack in the vehicle including blankets, water, snacks and a flashlight.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- If you encounter reckless operators do not confront them, pull off the road and call 911 with the description and direction of travel.
- 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
- 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.
The Dunkirk Police Department K-9 unit recently received a donation from the Moniuszko Social Club. With the generous donation, the department was able to purchase a ballistic vest for K-9 Gunny to be worn while on patrol. Donations such as these help keep the K-9 unit functioning and serving the community. The Police Department would like to thank the Moniuszko Club for their donation and the community for their continuous support. Pictures from left to right are: Greg Bundy, Dennis Garwronski, Larry Orcutt, Club president, Chief David Ortolano, K-9 handler Brian Dietzen, K-9 Gunny and Terry Frazier.