July 30, 2015

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Dutchess offers initiatives to assist Poughkeepsie in fighting crime

POUGHKEEPSIE – Following two days of meetings with Poughkeepsie officials and community stakeholders, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and County Legislature Chairman Robert Rolison Wednesday announced the county’s concrete plans to assist the city in its crime fighting efforts.

“Dutchess County wants to be an effective partner with the city,” Molinaro said.  “We want residents to know that we are working together to keep them safe and that law enforcement has the tools necessary to respond effectively, but also that we as citizens and we as a community have the ability to respond to the criminal incidents and the incidents concerning those with mental health and mental illness and that is an effective response. It is a long-term and sustainable response and we are committed to that.”.

That includes targeted patrols of Poughkeepsie City Police and Dutchess Sheriff’s deputies, assisting the city in the rapid filling of four vacant police officer slots as well as a crime assistant, and repairing city police vehicles.

The county will also expand its mobile crisis intervention team, the county probation department will expand the monitoring of high-risk offenders, and county agencies will step up bar checks.

Molinaro said the county will also step up promotion of the mental health phone line and 911 line to report crime.

The partnership effort comes in the wake of several shootings in recent weeks including two fatalities.



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