One Night with the Yonkers Police Department BY DET. KEITH OLSON

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PBA_badge  YONKERS,NY, July 13, 2010 — I have said time and again how the Yonkers Police Department is terribly understaffed. The 2010 budget included 641 police officers; a very low number compared to several cities our size. Now, due to severe budget cuts we are budgeted for a mere 587 officers, which in my opinion puts our city at risk.

One example of how dangerously understaffed the YPD is can be seen on the “late tour” or the 11pm-7am and 12am – 8am shifts. On this shift there are only slightly more than 40 total police officers patrolling the streets of Yonkers. In comparison, on the same shift there are 78 Yonkers firefighters working in the city. This is not to knock the YFD, every one of these firefighters are needed. It’s only to offer perspective.

The following is an example of what the men and women of the Yonkers Police Department have to deal with during one shift. On Friday night, July 9 into Saturday morning, July 10 from 11pm -8am there were 154 calls of service, which included 3 calls of gunshots fired. Several of these 154 calls were never responded to due to lack of manpower. This is a snapshot of this past Friday night.

·        At 11:38pm 3 males forced their way into an apartment at 203 Hawthorne Ave. armed with a shotgun and handguns. The homeowner was struck in the head with the shotgun causing a head wound. The residents were robbed by the suspects, who then fled the scene. The suspects were not apprehended but 12 separate patrol units were utilized for this call including at least one from the east side 1st Pct.

·        At 11:41pm 3rd Pct. Units responded to 163 Linden St. on a report of a large crowd in a vacant apartment. Upon arrival they heard yelling and screaming and what sounded like two shots fired. 14 separate patrol units were forced to respond due to the size and nature of the crowd, including 3 from the east side 2nd Pct. and 2 from the 1st Pct. Eight people were arrested in this melee, tying up officers for hours.

·        At 2:10am a man broke into an apartment at 67 Cliff Ave. The residents discovered the man, chased him out of the apartment and he was caught by a 3rd Pct. supervisor. This call was handled by 3rd Pct. and 2nd Pct. supervisors due to the unavailability of patrol cars.

·        At 2:32am Housing officers responded to 8 Schroeder St. (Schlobohm) on a report of 6 to 7 gunshots fired. No one was found shot but it’s important to note that Housing police were only working because of extra shifts called for because of recent shootings.

·        At 3:55am 3rd Pct. units responded to the corner of St. Andrews Pl. and Gray Pl. on reports of several shots fired. No one was hit by the gunfire but several shell casings were recovered and one vehicle was damaged.

·        At 4:18am 3rd Pct units responded to 80 Saratoga Ave. on a report of a man with a machete. While investigating this call a large crowd gathered and turned on the police, people throwing things at police from the rooftops. Due to the violent nature and size of the crowd EVERY available unit in the city was called to the scene. Several people were arrested and 6 Yonkers Police Officers were injured.

·        At 4:59am YPD received a call of a person stabbed at 86 Hamilton Ave. No west side units were available which forced 1st Pct. officers to handle this call in which 3 males pushed their way into the victim’s apartment and slashed one of the residents in the face with a knife. The residents were robbed and the suspects fled the apartment.

This is just a brief overview of the night of Friday, July 9. I have not included a number of other robberies and assaults. In particular there was one knifepoint robbery that happened at 2:45am but was not responded to until 11:30am, due to the overload of calls combined with not enough police officers. For those who live on the east side of Yonkers that think that west side violence does not affect them, they are wrong. All too often 1st and 2nd Pct. police officers are forced to respond to handle west side calls, often leaving the east side unprotected.

The mayor's budget has called for the elimination of more than 8 million dollars in funding to the Yonkers Police Department, much more than any department. This has resulted in the elimination of 54 police positions and the collapsing of many important, much needed special units. Please call your Councilperson and demand that these cuts be restored.

Chuck Lesnick, City Council President– 377-6060

Patricia D. McDow, Majority Leader, (District 1) -377-6311

John M. Murtagh, Minority Leader, (District 5) -377-6315

Wilson Terrero, Councilmember, (District 2) -377-6312

Joan Gronowski, Councilmember, (District 3) -377-6313

Dennis Shepherd, Councilmember, (District 4) -377-6314

John Larkin, Councilmember, (District 6) – 377-6316

Det. Keith Olson is president of the Yonkers PBA.

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Comments 65

  1. Keith, I have much respect for you and your service; however, I have a problem with wasting more tax payers dollars to pay more officers to sleep in their patrol cars after 3:00 AM hidden off the streets when they should be paroling the city; protecting our community. It’s been common practice for decades, and it’s embarrassing when they accidentally key up their mic snoring on a radio. I would much rather see them getting free coffee at the 7-11 to stay awake their entire shift, not sleeping towards the end of a midnight shift.

  2. For the umpteenth time, GROW UP!! Every agency in this city is either understaffed or at bare-bones minimum. I don’t live on the west side but I DO work there & I see the garbage, the crime, and the vacant buildings just waiting for a squatter with an arsonist’s tickle or an errant cigarette. They are LAUGHING at ALL of us up at city hall. They’re licking their chops & if I was in their position, I WOULD TOO! Leaders lead & if this mayor or any of his other flunkies were serious about setting a tone of compliance with each other in this city, then they would’ve given up a lot of the perks they’ve amassed over the years. They would’ve taken a 5% cut on their MAIN salary (NOT their PART TIME council person’s salary)! This is nothing more than posturing & grandstanding on our elected officials part & it won’t be forgotten any time soon REGARDLESS of who decides to play ball when the time comes. As for the rest of us working stiffs, CUT THE CRAP! You’re entertaining idiots here who think 100k in Westchester County makes one a millionaire. The position that no one with ‘a high school diploma’ should be making $100k is a little frightening. Communism didn’t work in a couple of countries & the caste system in India is tons of fun for those not born into the right situation. It’s called HARD WORK. Done well enough & long enough, one is compensated for their time & effort. And if that hard work includes campaigning & volunteering for one’s union to make working conditions better & the future brighter, so be it. Make no mistake, John Q. Public, morale means ALOT on these jobs. Don’t be so quick to curse out a garbageman for not taking a heavier than normal bag of garbage from your curb after some of these posts. Don’t gripe about getting the summons for the broken taillight when you COULD’VE gotten off with a warning after some of these posts. (I have no idea what recourse a fireman has) This isn’t us against you. It’s POLITICS. We’re not supposed to take it personally but this particular stretch is getting nasty for no other reason than a couple of bean-counters WITH AN AGENDA pitting us against each other. We are the ones who put them in office so remember their behavior these last couple of months when the time comes.

  3. Keith, that was a very informative article, but it lends the question “where are the other 547 officers and what are they doing?”. I’m sure there are less then 40 on a day shift because you need more officers at night. So say an officer works 4 days a week, 75 officers a day this leaves three remaining days and 512 officers to cover. Understaffed?? Just asking…

  4. If we are short cops on the street…why do we still have a $100,000.00 professional and a car at the Cross County Stop and Shop. I don’t care who pays for it but that is a car and a patrolman that could be on the streets. Let Stop and Shop hire private security.

  5. C’mon Keith, don’t take a shot at the YFD and then say but “no offense though”. Be a leader and stick to the point. If you are undermanned, you have every right to fight for more positions. But using another union as an example to bolster your case is pathetic.

  6. You cite all the “toughboy posters”yet you do not give your real name-it’s mentally challenged people like you who are the real worry and concern for Yonkers .

  7. I was driving past the jail the other day and I saw some old midget with a goatee in a detention officer uniform that seemed to be admiring himself in the window of a police car and then he flexed what was left of his muscles and walked inside. This guy has to be close to retirement age so you will get someone rehired after that I’m sure.

  8. Pretty safe to say all the “toughguy” posters here (who are all completely off topic as it relates to the posted article)(1) do NOT live on the west side of Yonkers, (2) do NOT work on the west side of Yonkers and (3) barely even read the article. Its not about pensions, salaries, YPD vs YFD. Its about the YPD being undermanned and heavily cut, thereby reducing the YPD’s ability to safely respond to violent calls. And this article was just ONE evening out of ONE week. Keep your departments undermanned! Keep complaining about salaries and OT and pensions! Then watch as the crime spreads to the East side, and as the fires burn longer.

  9. If this mayor were a leader, he would take 10% and then ask the rest of the work force to take 5%. The problem is, at this point, he has demonstrated that he can not be trusted. He is a very vindictive, arrogant person and has absolutely no compunction about going back on his word to even the score. He has demonstrated this trait over and over again e.g. the Guardian boxes.

  10. Opt Out,
    The answer is which ever way the wind blows, that’s where the pols have a problem. They have no moral compass.
    Look how it is in Yonkers. They refuse to hire enough cops to police the city which caused OT to go up, way up. Then when they see the public is pissed about higher pensions, which THEY created, they vilify the unions. It’s disgraceful.
    What we need is people to be informed and educated.

  11. Quick question. What’s more important? A much larger than deserved paycheck or more cops/firemen on the street. All you cops and firemen who are complaining about staffing levels step up and take a pay decrease so people won’t get fired and you have adequate personnel working.
    I’m not talking about a drastic decrease.
    Remember, you took the job to protect and serve, not to get rich.

  12. How many firefights have you been in?-your rants clearly show that you do not have the mental capabilities forthe military and so you live out your illusions of grandeur with your infantile rants.

  13. It’s douchebags like you we don’t need-the big tough hairbags who most likely are the biggest emptysuits around who talk tough on the blog but when the shit hits the fan they either go the other way or run into the station house to clean their drawers.

  14. Keith,
    the idea that the unions are placed in a position to fight taxpayers by politicians, is at best absurd.
    Afterall:
    These are the same politicians who approved your contracts (for support?)
    and
    who represented the best interest of their constituents (theoretically?)
    the question is simple:
    Which part of this arrangement doesn’t our leadership agree with?
    Is it the representation to their constituents they have a problem with?
    or
    Is it the contracts they agreed to?
    I say it’s an interesting question.

  15. Your a cop in yonkers who probaly makes at least 150k a year. You go home every night. Extended periods of time? What is that, 16 hrs if you pull a double?
    Odds are atronomical that you have ever been shot at.
    Do not compare yourself to servicemen and woman who are laying their lives on the line 24-7 overseas for 25k a year.
    Get over yourself!

  16. *Am I not on the front lines in our City?
    *Am I not away from my loved ones for extended periods of time?
    *Do I not make the peoples lives better on a daily basis?
    *I do not eat donuts, I don’t pad my pension, and I am far from fat.
    *****WE OWN THE NIGHT!

  17. R. Halevy said…
    Well I might not know much, but do know this,
    I could give two shits when I see a Fire truck in my rear view mirror.
    Drive Safe Water boys!
    HEY MR. HALEVY: MAYBE IF THE FIRE TRUCK BEHIND YOU WAS ON THE WAY TO A CARDIAC ARREST/CHOKING/STROKE/FALL/TRAPPED BY FIRE/CO2 SCARE/GAS LEAK/AUTO EXTRICATION/ETC IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD YOU MAY THINK TWICE AND PULL OVER!

  18. Please do not forget the three Detention officers who were laid off from the Police Department. We are also severely understaffed.

  19. Don’t compare your donut eating, pension padding, fat ass to a U.S. Marine in Tikrit.
    Get over yourself. You are pathetic.

  20. The gangs/burglers, thugs… are loving this. they are licking their chops because they know they will own the Y-O shortly and all you people complaining about money and sleeping will be forced to move far away as Yonkers becomes a bigger shithole then it already is.

  21. What percentage of NYFD and NYPD do you think live in NYC you stupid bastard?
    Did you bother to read anything in that article? There aint a whole lotta sleeping going on there!

  22. Pay the YPD and YFD what their counterparts make in NYC, This way you can hire the appropriate # and still save $$$. No reason a PO should make 6 figures, even with overtime. Maybe the midnight cops should stop sleeping. It’s not fair that they get paid to sleep.
    Also, what percentage of cops and firemen live in Yonkers?
    Just some thoughts.

  23. *I put on my pants one leg at a time like the rest of you.
    *I button my shirt one button at a time like the rest of you.
    *I put on my vest like only few of you do.
    *I check my equipment very methodically like only a few of you do.
    *I respond to domestics, car accidents, shootings, stabbings, gang fights. Unlike many of you.
    *I am like my brothers in Fallujah or Tikrit.
    *I don’t let it eat me up. I sacrifice for you.
    *****WE OWN THE NIGHT!

  24. PUH-LEEZ guys stop this childish food fight. Your doing exactly what the 2nd. flr. wants you to do. Divide and conquer. They even have that parasite Al DelBello down here sticking his two cents in. He makes his bones on all this development but thinks you guys should take a cut in salary so he can get this stand-off over with, vote a budget and it’s back to business for DelBello and Phil My Pockets.

  25. We are just having fun, blowing off some steam. When it gets down to it we are on the same page. Remember when you call 911 we WILL BE THERE. No matter what color, race, creed, economic status, you are. Or if you live on the east side, west side, north or south side. We Respond.
    We will see better times.

  26. Reeaaal smart, guys. Do exactly what the bean-counters want you to do: attack each other. Regardless of how many fires there were (or weren’t), the numbers are what they are. The crimes committed happened. The appropriate response was dispatched. There were portions of the city with either compromised police protection or none at all. The COMPROMISED fire department was ready to act like any other insurance policy & 18 ‘fucking firetrucks’ is a bit of an exaggeration. It’s language like that along with the fact that half of you can’t spell your own names that has the public at large thinking we’re a bunch of morons undeserving of a fair wage or safe working conditions. Cut the baby crap out & grow up.

  27. Focus people, focus. All these cuts from FD, PD and DPW yet NOTHING from the 2nd Floor at City Haul. What concessions did the unrepresented give back? They still don’t pay a penny for health care!

  28. Well I might not know much, but do know this,
    I could give two shits when I see a Fire truck in my rear view mirror.
    Drive Safe Water boys!

  29. I’m Fifty Five years old and never lived anywhere but the Gracious City of Yonkers I have One retired police Officer and One Retired Firefighter as siblings.
    They both worked and lived in Yonkers !. the way you guys talk to each other and about each other is a mockery of your badges and the City you were sworn to protect.
    The day they abolished the resident laws in this city is the day it started to errode and go down hill. You guys make your money here and spend it in your homes elsewhere.
    You have no vested interest except a PAY CHECK!!
    I’m moving I’m tired of Tax increases, Im gonna move to Mahopac, Ossining, Carmel , Florida, Middletown or wherever you Police and Fireman Live.

  30. Cmon guys. I don’t think keiths article was meant to divide us. Let’s not let that happen. We all want what we deserve but the administration is bringing out the worst in us and that’s what they want…..”cooler heads prevail”

  31. I guess I almost have to…
    OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK OINK
    To be followed by some;
    NOBODY IS SAFE UNLESS OUR POLICE MAKE $100K+ A YEAR!!!!
    NOBODY IS SAFE UNLESS OUR POLICE MAKE $100K+ A YEAR!!!!NOBODY IS SAFE UNLESS OUR POLICE MAKE $100K+ A YEAR!!!!NOBODY IS SAFE UNLESS OUR POLICE MAKE $100K+ A YEAR!!!!NOBODY IS SAFE UNLESS OUR POLICE MAKE $100K+ A YEAR!!!!NOBODY IS SAFE UNLESS OUR POLICE MAKE $100K+ A YEAR!!!!NOBODY IS SAFE UNLESS OUR POLICE MAKE $100K+ A YEAR!!!!NOBODY IS SAFE UNLESS OUR POLICE MAKE $100K+ A YEAR!!!!NOBODY IS SAFE UNLESS OUR POLICE MAKE $100K+ A YEAR!!!!NOBODY IS SAFE UNLESS OUR POLICE MAKE $100K+ A YEAR!!!!
    Whew, glad the public can finally hear the truth!!!

  32. You know what Keith, screw em all. Let this city turn to a bigger Shithole than it is now. Wait until the crime spreads to the East side. They will be begging for more cops. It is only a mater of time before douchebags like anon and his friends will start getting jacked and demanding Police. But by then it will be too far gone. Its only a matter of time. Mark my words.

  33. Who am I?
    PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE!PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIEPEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIEPEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIEPEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE!( I can’t stop yelling this) PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIEPEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE!(boy I must be a moron)PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE!PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! ( I wonder if those morons went to Stews instead of Stop and Shop)PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE!PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! ( O.K. even i am getting creeped out by this)PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE! PEOPLE ARE GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. To poster #1, if not 78 how many? 54+16+2=75, no? Plus doesn’t each Chief have a driver (2) and isn’t there an arson guy? 75=3-=78. If I’m wrong, explain.
    If you read what Kieth wrote, he’s talking about the midnight shift where there are no chiefs, detective sergeants, kids cops, traffic cops, street crime cops, gang unit cops, waterballoon patrol cops, etc. etc. etc. etc. There are only 2 detectives on the late tour and now the K-9 fills in as a sector car. He didn’t say every tour.
    1st Pct- 5 cops, 2nd Pct-6 cops, 3rd Pct- 10 cops, 4th Pct- 8 cops, 4 ESU cops, 4 Sergeants, 2 Lieutenants and sometimes 1 Captain. That’s 40. That’s it.
    Next time check your facts before you blog. Now go back to sleep.

  35. How about starting them off at NYC rates of $35k instead of the bloated rates we give out here. Then you could get 2 for 1 and no need for all of the padded OT.
    640/4=160/3=53.3

  36. Hey Keith,
    Despite what you said in your nice letter, there are only 57 Firefighters per tour in Yonkers. Of that number, 54 are available for firefighting. In addition to the 54 firefighters, there are 16 company officers and 2 chiefs on duty.
    Where do you get off stating that there are 78 FIREFIGHTERS working per tour?
    Instead of saying there are “40 total police officers patrolling the streets of Yonkers” why don’t you be honest and include EVERY police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, chief, detective, detective sergeant, K-9 cops, kids cops, traffic cops, street crime cops, gang unit cops, waterballoon patrol cops, etc. etc. etc. etc.
    Your claim that there is only 40 police officers on patrol every tour is about as true as your claim that there are 78 firefighters on duty on any given tour.
    Come on, get real Keith

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