Dunkirk Police Make Residential Burglary Arrest


Bryan Ramos

A City of Dunkirk man was arrested on Felony charges stemming from a lengthy burglary investigation. On July 30th, 2018, a residential burglary in the First Ward area was reported to the Dunkirk Police Department. Based on a thorough investigation, arrest warrants for charges of Burglary in the Second Degree- C Felony, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree- E Felony, and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree- E Felony were obtained in late August 2018 for 25 year old Bryan Ramos.

On February 8th, 2019 those warrants were served on Ramos and he is being held in the Chautauqua County Jail on $80,000.00 cash bail and $160,000.00 property bond pending a preliminary hearing in Dunkirk City Court.

DPD Reads to Students at School 4

Officers from the Dunkirk Police Department visited Dunkirk School 4 on Friday January 4th as part of the department’s reader day program.  Officers read to the students and talked about the job as a police officer.


Dunkirk Police with Mayor Rosas Deliver Santa for Seniors Gift Bags



Pictured from left are: Officer Joseph Carruth, Off. Matthew Martinez, Mayor Wilfred Rosas, Chief David Ortolano, Off. Amy Noble, Off. Edwin Gomez, Off. Darren McIntyre, Lt. Mark Polowy, Off. John Arns

The City of Dunkirk Police Department along with Mayor Willie Rosas loaded
up the Santa for Seniors Holiday Gift Bags and delivered them to Senior
Citizens in the Community on Tuesday. The bags were delivered and Officers
spent time visiting with the Senior Citizens who were the recipients.
Earlier this month the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association (PBA) partnered
with Community Bank’s Central Ave. Branch and donated $500.00 to help defray
the cost of the bags which go to Senior Citizens in need who were chosen by
Chautauqua County Office for the Aging to receive them. Recipients of the
gift bags which contained a Holiday meal and daily living items commented
that they were happy and blessed to receive the bags and enjoyed the
company of the Police Officers who delivered them. The Dunkirk Police
Department wishes to thank Community Bank for being part of this program
with us and we want to also thank Dr. Mary Ann Spanos and Kate Finch from
Office for Aging for allowing us to participate in this wonderful outreach
to our Senior Citizens.

DPD Concludes 2018 Breakfast with a Police Officer Program

Officer Roberto Fred and Officer Thomas Rozumalski visit students at Dunkirk School 4 as part of the Breakfast with a Police Officer Program

The Dunkirk Police concluded their Breakfast With The Police program on December 6th, 2018, at Dunkirk School #4.  Officers shared breakfast with Fifth grade student, Jazmine Bultron.  The Dunkirk Police would like to thank the entire staff of the Dunkirk Tim Hortons along with all the students and staff of the Dunkirk School system.

Happy Holidays and best wishes and we look forward to doing this again this spring.


Officer Amy Noble and Officer Thomas Rozumalski shared breakfast with Fifth grade student, Jazmine Bultron, from Dunkirk School 4 as part of the Breakfast with a Police Officer Program

Holiday Safety

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During Christmas and Holiday season people are often busy, excited and a little careless. Unfortunately it’s a time when they should be extra careful. This Season don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, pick-pockets, purse snatchers and con artists a better chance to do their dirty work. Crooks love the Holidays as much as everyone else.

Here are some tips on how to celebrate this season and make the Holidays a safe and happy time.

At Home:

  1. Be extra careful about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even if only for a few minutes. Also lock garages and sheds.
  2. If expecting packages try and plan on having someone home to accept them, most shippers have tracking available to let you know a time frame. If possible request that the shipper only deliver if the items are signed for. Also you can leave a note on your door requesting that your item not be left unless someone is there to sign for it. Have you neighbors be aware as well to watch for deliveries and hold the items for you until you get home.
  3. Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from a window or door, leave only a few presents out and store the remainder.
  4. If out at night turn on a radio or TV so the house looks occupied.
  5. If you go away for a few days get an automatic timer for lights and TV. Have a neighbor watch your house, shovel snow, pick up mail and newspapers(or have them held until you return) and park their car in your driveway from time to time.
  6. Be wary of strangers coming to the door asking for donations, a courier delivering a gift or public utility workers asking to enter your house. Ask for ID, look for workers vehicles and if you don’t feel comfortable don’t open the door, call the Police Desk and we will send a car to check them out.
  7. Be wary of scam and con artists, be very careful who you give your personal information and bank account or credit card information to. Your bank will not call on the phone or come to the door asking this information. Ask for and check on references, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel you are being pressured or don’t understand. Remember if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.
  8. Check electronic items and mark them with a unique identification number.
  9. Use only fire resistant ornaments and check lights to make sure they are safe. Teach children not to play with lights and electrical connections and avoid overloading outlets and using extension cords. Remember to keep live trees watered and do not leave tree lights on overnight or when away from home.
  10. Test your smoke detector and if you have guests let them know about your                   security and escape plan in case of an emergency.

When Shopping:

  1. Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  2. Shop before dark if possible and coordinate with a friend or relative if you plan on being out late.
  3. Park in well lighted areas and be sure to lock car doors and close windows. Secure items in the trunk and have keys ready to enter your vehicle and check the interior before getting in. Once inside lock the doors and don’t open them or get back out. Use your car panic alarm if you are being followed or feel uncomfortable.
  4. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and deter pick pockets and purse snatchers by carrying your purse under the arm and keeping wallets in front pockets.
  5. Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard if they become separated or lost. Teach them to stay close and avoid contact with strangers.
  6. Be careful with internet purchases, use reputable sites and secure payments such as pay-pal or a credit card. Avoid using a debit card on internet purchases.
  7. Check your Debit and Credit card account activity often to make sure it has not been compromised.

If you have celebrated a little too much at a Holiday party or out with family and friends and you can’t safely and responsibly operate your vehicle please don’t. Be a designated driver, find a designated driver or call a taxi. If you really care you won’t let your friends or loved ones operate a vehicle or get into a vehicle when you know that it can’t be done safely and responsibly. Please take the needed steps to avoid the senseless tragedies that occur on our highways as a result of drinking and driving or reckless operation. Also please make sure that everyone in the vehicle wears a seatbelt and children are in proper child safety restraints. It’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives. Make sure you clear snow and ice from your vehicle, keep an emergency pack with items such as blankets and a flashlight in your car and plan extra time on trips to allow for changing road conditions.

Also we encourage anyone who sees or hears anything suspicious or out of the ordinary in their neighborhood to please call the Desk at 366-2266 when it is happening. We would much rather send a car to check the situation than to find out at a later time that something happened and we could have had immediate information. We also advise residents to not open their doors to anyone unless they know who it is, again please call 366-2266 or 911 and have a patrol car respond.

If you are leaving town for an extended period of time please fill out a house watch check form and we will check your house while you are away. Residents can get the forms at the Police Desk or on our Department website. Fill them out and return them to the Police Desk.

Make time to get together with family and friends and think about reaching out and helping senior citizens or those who are less fortunate. Take a little time to make the Holidays a safe and happy time for everybody. On behalf of the Dunkirk Police Department please have a safe, happy and joyous Christmas, New Year and Holiday Season.

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


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.

WKBW Channel 7 Link