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THE TOWN OF EASTCHESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT


Contact Information

Chief Timothy J. Bonci

Eastchester Police Department

40 Mill Road

Eastchester, NY 10709

 

EMAIL: police@eastchester.org

PHONE: (914) 961-3464

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Mission Statement

The MISSION of the Eastchester Police Department is to be committed to being responsive to our community in the delivery of quality services, recognizing our responsibility to maintain order, while affording dignity and respect to every individual. Our objective is to improve the quality of life through a community partnership, which promotes safe secure neighborhoods by enforcing laws, preserving the peace, reducing fear and providing a safe environment.

Office of the Chief of Police -Chief Timothy J. Bonci

Chief Bonci is a lifelong resident of Eastchester and is a graduate of Eastchester High School. He has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Iona College. Chief Bonci joined the Eastchester Police Department in 1981, was promoted to Sergeant in 1987 to Lieutenant in 1994, Captain in 2004, and in 2005, he was promoted to Chief of the Eastchester Police Department. He is also a member of the following organizations:

 

· New York State Association of Chiefs of Police

 

· International Association of Chiefs of Police

 

· Westchester County Association of Chiefs of Police

 

· Law Enforcement Executive Development Association

 

· P.B.A. of Westchester County

 

· Eastchester Police Association

 

Chief Bonci continues to live in town with his wife Kara and their three sons TJ, Kyle and Keith.

Patrol Division
Lieutenant Robert Jensen is the Commanding Officer of the Patrol division and the Executive officer of the department. He is a graduate of Iona Prep and has completed the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Program at Princeton University. The Patrol Division is by far the largest of the four divisions of the Eastchester Police Department and is the most visible, providing police service to the community 24 hours a day. The patrol division is responsible for patrolling the streets of Eastchester and ensuring the safety of its citizens. The Patrol division is divided into three patrol squads, the Traffic Division and the Canine Officer as well as the dispatchers and parking enforcement officers.

Staff Services Division

Lieutenant Jeffrey Hunter is the Commanding Officer of the Staff services Division. He is a graduate of Eastchester High School, has a BBA in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Iona College.  The Staff Services Division coordinates and implements all phases of the department’s training mission, is responsible for the Traffic & Parking Function, and also coordinates the implementation of special units including the Emergency Response Unit, the K-9 Unit, Car Seat Installation Unit and coordinates additional services such as School Crossing Guards and the traffic and meter maintenance staff.  Lt. Hunter is also a graduate of the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Program at Princeton University.


Detective Division

Sergeant Mathew Kiernan is the Commanding Officer of the Detective Division. Sgt. Kiernan is a graduate of Tuckahoe High School. The Detective Division conducts all criminal investigations relating to crimes against people and property, working diligently to make sure that criminal complaints are properly investigated, and criminals are brought to justice. In addition the Detective Division is also responsible for records management & technology, the analysis of task and coordinating youth and senior programs.


Special Programs

Keeping a town safe and providing all necessary public services to its citizens are missions incredibly broad to be held by any organization. Therefore, for some of the town’s more specific needs, special programs are designed within the four departments of the Eastchester Police Department. There programs are often so specific that the knowledge required to run them is beyond the scope of a general police officer and therefore they are headed by officers trained in a specific field, to ensure that the public is properly provided the necessary services.

These programs include:

DARE

The nationally acclaimed D.A.R.E. Program is a drug and alcohol education program, which is taught to the fifth grade students at the Anne Hutchinson, Greenvale and Immaculate Conception Schools. The program is administered by a specially trained police officer, which furnishes the children with a positive role model. The program consists of a 10-week curriculum, in which each fifth grade student receives approximately one hour per week of instruction. D.A.R.E.'s semester-long effort equips students with drug information, methods to enhance self-esteem, ways to resist and/or positively deal with peer pressure, and specific analytical and decision-making skills.


Child Safety Seat Inspection Program: The department has certified car seat technicians that will assist parents with the proper installation of their child's car safety seat. The technicians will look for improperly installed, broken or recalled safety seats. We also have on hand car seats to replace defective ones, if needed. The Eastchester Police Safety Seat Inspection Program is located at Town Hall. Inspections will be conducted by appointment. Questions/appointments should be directed to Sgt Joseph Groccia at (914) 961-3464. For more information on car seat safety please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's web site at http://www.nhtsa.gov/

BESTADE Drug & Alcohol Task Force
BESTADE stands for Bronxville, Eastchester, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe Alcohol and Drug Enforcement Task Force. This multi-jurisdictional Task Force works to battle against illegal drugs and combats underage drinking. BESTADE is a program designed to serve the specific community in which we live and to best utilize the collective efforts of the four separate local police departments. BESTADE also has a tip line at 961-3138 that one can anonymously call to report underage drinking parties or other illegal drug and alcohol violations, without fear of being identified. 

Emergency Response Unit
The Emergency Response Unit is a volunteer group of specially trained personnel assigned supplemental safety equipment, armor, special weapons, and other specialized devices designed to effectively overcome high risk or life threatening situations. The Emergency Response Unit can be called on during hostage situations, high-risk warrant services or in other special risk situations. The Emergency Response Unit is made up of a unit commander appointed by the Chief of Police, a team leader appointed by the unit commander and team members.

Police Youth Officers

Specially trained Youth Officers work to better serve the children of the community. Youth Officers can help plan or create programs designed for the prevention of juvenile delinquency, oversee the inspection of places frequented by juveniles, investigate or cause to be investigated cases involving juveniles or neglected children and refer cases to Family Court.

Sex Offenders
Under the Sex Offender Registration Act, New York’s version of Megan’s Law, sex offenders must register. Sex offenders in New York are classified by risk of re-offense. Level 1 is the lowest risk and Level 3 is the highest risk. Police Departments have a register of all sex offenders living in their jurisdictions; however information on only level 2 and level 3 sex offenders is available to the public through community notification. The Eastchester Police Department has an aggressive program, for notifying the community when a level 2 or 3 Sex Offender resides in the town, which was established by former Chief David Speidell. The policy calls includes notifying all schools, churches and other vulnerable populations. The public can obtain the complete address of a level 3-sex offender but only the zip code of a level 2-sex offender.

There are currently no level 2 or level 3 sex offenders living in the Town of Eastchester.

For more information regarding the sex offender registry call 1-800-262-3257 or go online to http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/search_index.htm and search for level 3 sex offenders by name, county or zip code.


History

On May 25th 1909 a committee met to put forth a motion to create a police force in the Town of Eastchester, and at a Town Board Meeting of the same year the Eastchester Police Department was formed. By May 29th 1909 James Gavin and Joseph Scallion began their duties as Eastchester’s first paid police officers. They received salaries of $780 a year.

 

Joseph Scallion was born in 1875 and proudly served the Eastchester Police Department working his way up to the position of Chief of Police before his death in 1945. James Gavin was born in 1873. As a young Irishman in Eastchester he was employed by the Marble Mines of Tuckahoe before serving as one of Eastchester’s first police officers. He served the department for 30 years and served as its first lieutenant.

 

The early Eastchester Police Department was known as the Waverly Police Department because Waverly Square was one of the only two business districts in the rural town of Eastchester at the time. The Police Department was housed in a storefront rented from a woman named Mrs. Riordan for $240 a year.

 

Over the years the size of the Eastchester Police Department grew as the town developed and in May of 1933 Sergeant Fred Romano operated the first two-way radio system ever installed in a Police Department. Eastchester was the first to install two-way radios in patrol cars operating with a 20-Watt system in place in Headquarters and corresponding 4.5 Volt radios in the cars themselves. Romano was also the first Italian-American to serve the Eastchester Police Department.


Employment

Recruitment is the first step in the hiring process. The primary method of recruitment for the position of police officer within the Eastchester Police Department is through the Westchester County Department of Human Resources continuous recruitment-testing program.

 

Westchester County holds the civil service examination for Police Officer and Police Officer (Spanish Speaking) to fill vacancies for positions in the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Services and the police departments of the Cities of Peekskill and Rye and the towns and villages in Westchester County every four years.

 

The next examination for Police Officer has not been determined at this time.

Recruitment materials should be available at the time announcements and applications will be available at westchestergov.com/hr.

Other Basic requirements for a police officer:


At Time of Examination

At Time of Appointment

US Citizenship

No

Yes

High School Diploma

Yes

Yes

Current NYS Drivers License

No

Yes

Minimum Age

None

20

Maximum Age

35

None

NYS Legal Residency

Yes

Yes

Candidates considered for appointment to the Eastchester Police Department must be of good moral character and must satisfy the physical fitness, medical and any other requirements prescribed by the New York State Bureau for Municipal Police (B.M.P.) pursuant to Section 840 of the New York State Executive Law.



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