DPD & DFD Salute Those on the Front-Line

This morning Dunkirk Police Officers and Firefighters joined together and saluted Healthcare workers at The Chautauqua Center at Central/Third, Brooks Memorial Hospital and the Chautauqua Center On Central Ave. near the Fairgrounds.

A parade of Police Patrol Cars and Fire Trucks started at Central/Third and ended at Central/Waldorff. While practicing social distancing along the way, the parade stopped and paid tribute to our area Healthcare Workers who are on the front lines of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The Healthcare workers we paid tribute to today are one of the many groups of workers that are on the front-lines every day. We thank everyone who is working to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. Today we were honored to pay tribute to the healthcare workers who are in direct contact with Coronavirus patients every day. We appreciate their work and dedication to keeping our Community safe and we applauded all of them at our three stops to show our respect for what they do.

Safety Dance Event Postponed

The Safety Dance Event that was advertised to be in Washington Park Tuesday April 7th from 1PM-2PM has been postponed. After conferring with the Mayor the event organizer was contacted and it has been agreed upon that we did not want to chance any exposure with a crowd of people getting together in the Park due to social distancing and essential travel orders from the State.

There is a possibility of the event being re-scheduled once we are safely past the Covid-19 outbreak and the organizer follows the City procedure requesting permission for the event and a noise ordinance permit.

We appreciate all the cooperation from our Community residents and businesses. Please stay safe and together we will all work through this very trying time for all of us.

Chief David Ortolano

Spring Parking Changes

[DUNKIRK, NY] 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 5th and does not resume again until Sunday November 1st .

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

Effective at 5:00 PM starting Sunday April 5th   and continuing to Sunday November 1st for one week periods commencing at 5:00 PM 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 5:00 PM 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.

Coronavirus Fraud Schemes

FBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic (Source https://www.ic3.gov/media/2020/200320.aspx )

Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:

Fake CDC Emails.

Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received.

Phishing Emails.

Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to:

  • Charitable contributions
  • General financial relief
  • Airline carrier refunds
  • Fake cures and vaccines
  • Fake testing kits

Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment.

Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves. More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh. You can also find information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, www.fda.gov, and the Environmental Protection Agency website, www.epa.gov. Report counterfeit products at www.ic3.gov and to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at iprcenter.gov.

If you are looking for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, the CDC has posted extensive guidance and information that is updated frequently. The best sources for authoritative information on COVID-19 are www.cdc.gov and www.coronavirus.gov. You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.

The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering the following tips, you can protect yourself and help stop criminal activity:

  • Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize.
  • Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robocall.
  • Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser.
  • Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a “.gov” ends in .com” instead).

If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Local Field Office Locations: www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field

The City of Dunkirk Police Department has been receiving several inquiries as to whether or not there is a travel ban or travel advisory in place within the City.  The Dunkirk Police Department would like to inform residents that at this time, there is NOT a travel ban or travel advisory in place within the City of Dunkirk.  However, Police do advise residents to continue the practice of social distancing and to leave their residence only when necessary.  

DPD Implements Safety Measures

The City of Dunkirk Police Department has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic daily. We are working closely with County, State and Local Health Professionals and receiving guidance from them on a daily basis. The number one priority for our Department is to effectively serve the City of Dunkirk residents, businesses and visitors in a manner to provide a safe community. During this State of Emergency and in an effort to not jeopardize the staffing levels in this unprecedented and evolving situation, effective immediately the Dunkirk Police Department will be implementing the following safety measures to reduce any possibility of exposure and spread.

When contacting the Police Department please disclose whether you or any member of the household is experiencing any type of illness. Non-Emergency calls for service may be handled over the telephone. Our Officers will be following the universal precaution guidelines for distance, exposure and will be communicating in open outdoor areas whenever circumstances make it possible. Complaints will be taken at the Police Department Desk Window and only essential personnel or anyone deemed authorized will be permitted into the Police Department. These measures are for our safety and protection as well as those we serve. Please try not to inundate our Communications Center with Non-Emergency calls.

We highly encourage everyone to follow the guidelines issued by the CDC as well as the New State and Chautauqua County Departments of Health. Please keep yourself updated by visiting the Chautauqua County Department of Health website www.facebook.com/myhealthycounty

The City of Dunkirk Police Department will continue to provide our best Public Safety to the Community we serve and we are here for you.

By all of us working together we will get through this and we THANK YOU for your understanding and cooperation during this most difficult time for all of us.

Criminal Mischief Arrest

Gabriel M. Soto

On February 25, 2020, at about 4:13 PM, the City of Dunkirk Police were called to Central Ave. for a report of a person causing damage to parking meters. Officers located the damaged meters and quickly located the subject a short distance away from the reported area.

The subject, Gabriel M. Soto, age 27, was identified by witnesses as being the person that did the damage to the meters. Soto was taken into custody and found to be in possession of tools which aided to commit the damage and several hypodermic instruments. 

Soto charged with Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree (Class A misdemeanor), Possession of Burglar’s Tools (Class A Misdemeanor), and Possession of Hypodermic Instruments (Class A Misdemeanor). He was processed at Police Headquarters and released with an appearance ticket for a future court date as per NY bail reform.

Gunshot Complaint

On February 12, 2020, at about 3:09 PM, City of Dunkirk Police received several calls reporting gunshots fired on Ruggles St. Responding officers quickly located Christian A. Horta-Romero, age 21, of Ruggles St, Dunkirk, NY, coming out from a backyard of a residence on Ruggles St. It was learned through investigation that the subject discharged several rounds from a firearm while in the back yard of the residence.  A loaded firearm was recovered from the scene. The subject is being held in City lock up pending arraignment on charges of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class C Felony) -Discharging a Firearm within the city limits (Dunkirk City Code – Misdemeanor).

Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police.