Seneca Falls PD offers recap of May activity

It was a busy month for the Seneca Falls Police Department, but one that saw slightly less activity than the year prior.

In Chief Stu Peenstra’s monthly update, he highlighted the various calls for service, community events, and other items that the force handled during May.

Overview by the Numbers

Overall Events: 1,172
Calls for Service: 663
Property Checks: 311
Traffic Stops: 200

Traffic Tickets: 69
Motor Vehicle Accidents: 26
Criminal Arrests: 61
DWI Arrests: 3

Comparing May 2017 to May 2016

Chief Peenstra notes that calls for service were down 9 percent, criminal arrests were down 4.6 percent, traffic tickets were down 58 percent, traffic accidents were up 8.3 percent, and DWI arrests were down 62.5 percent.

Criminal Investigations

During May the Criminal Investigations Division was assigned or assisted with a combined 14 cases. This resulted in the arrest of six individuals, which resulted in 12 felony charges, five misdemeanor charges, as well as five other miscellaneous charges.

Eight of those cases have been closed, according to Chief Peenstra.


On May 17th, Sgt. Michael Poole successfully completed GLOCK Professional Armorer’s Course which was held at the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office in Auburn, NY. The course consisted of Safe Action System Design of the Glock pistol, functions of Safeties, unloading and carrying, field stripping and reassembly, detail disassembly and reassembly of slide, fire control component configurations/engagements, sights and tools, and diagnostics and troubleshooting guides.

On May 19th, Officer Thomas Cleere and PO Martin Rotz successfully completed EVOC, Emergency Vehicle Operation Course, which was held at the former Seneca Army Depot Airfield in Romulus. The course consisted of the following topics: seatbelt policy, pursuit policy, V&T Section 1104-emphasis placed on due regard, pursuit considerations risk vs reward, termination tactics, following distances, “j” turn demonstrated and practiced, backing using mirrors and palm high steering, 8-4 shuffle steer demonstrated and practiced, 7-3 evasive steering demonstrated and practiced, aim high steering demonstrated and practiced, straight line braking demonstrated and practiced, heat/cool and threshold braking demonstrated and practiced, and driving at 80%. Officers also drove their vehicle through “high speed course at a max speed of 35”.

On May 24th and 25th, Sgt. Sebastian Gentile successfully completed Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Training. TECC uses lessons learned from our military and applies them to the civilian world of tactical medicine. The course consisted of the following topics: hemorrhage control, surgical airway control and needle decompression, strategies for treating wounded responders in threatening environments, caring for pediatric patients, and techniques for dragging and carrying victims to safety. While TECC is tactical slanted, it takes an all hazards approach to providing care outside the normal operating conditions of most EMS agencies, such as responding to a mass casualty or active shooter event.

Community Events

On Saturday May 20th, the Seneca Falls Police Department participated in “Yogi’s Community Fun Day” which was held at the Seneca Falls Elks Lodge 992. The event was held to raise awareness about brain and spinal cord diseases, specifically American Syringomyelia.

Syringomyelia is a rare disease, often referred to as SM. It is a chronic disorder involving the spinal cord. Children were given the opportunity to interact with police officers and have their picture taken inside a police vehicle with a police uniform on. Members of the Seneca Falls Police Department later emailed the pictures to the children’s parents.

In Collaboration with the Seneca Falls School District members from the Seneca Falls Police Department participated in Frank Knight Elementary Schools 30th annual Reading Week, which was held Monday, May 3rd through May 10th. The event is organized to ignite active participation in reading to meet a school wide goal. The goal this year was for the students to turn in 1,500 read-at-home coupons signed by the parent/caregiver verifying that the child read for 15 minutes each night with no TV. Members from the Seneca Falls Police Department went into numerous classrooms and read to the children, many off-duty and on their own time. After reading, Police Officers spoke with the children about the importance of reading and then answered numerous questions about police work.

Read the entire report here.

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