WHITE PLAINS, NY — December 13, 2018 — Earlier this week, I had the honor of recognizing the brave members of Westchester County Police’s Hazardous Device and Emergency Service Units and their canine partners, for the important work they did in handling the pipe bombs sent to Bedford and Chappaqua. There’s no more important job of County government then protecting public safety.
Residents certainly have seen County Police Officers patrolling the Bronx River, Cross County, Hutchinson River and Saw Mill River parkways and County parks, including Playland. But there are things the County’s Department of Public Safety does to protect county residents that may not be as visible.
POLICE ACADEMY: Westchester operates the New York State Zone 3 Police Training Academy, which provides training not only County police but also local police throughout Westchester.
SHARED SERVICES: The County shares our unique public safety resources with every municipality in Westchester. These include:
- SHARED OPERATIONS UNIT: Our Aviation Unit, our Hazardous Devices Unit (bomb squad), our Marine Unit, our Special Response Team (SWAT) and our Canine Unit, are frequently called on to assist local law enforcement
- FORENSICS INVESTIGATIONS UNIT: Our state-of-the-art Forensic Investigations Unit is accredited by the ju and has provided aid not only local law enforcement but even the FBI
- CERTIFIED INVESTIGATIONS UNIT: We provide certified accident investigators to local municipalities to assist when there are serious injury or fatal accidents
SCHOOL SAFETY TRAINING: We provide active shooter and other safety training to schools, businesses and other organizations across Westchester.
In addition, the County’s Department of Probation annually handles cases involving more than 2,000 young people in the Family Court system and more than 11,000 adults in the criminal courts, supervising low, medium and high risk offenders; operating special supervision units for sex offenders, domestic violence offenders, and young offenders; and running a unit to support victims of crimes.
The County’s Department of Corrections operates the County Jail and administers important inmate education and life-skill training to help offenders when they leave jail.
And of course, the District Attorney’s office, not only prosecutes crimes, but has established programs to help veterans caught up in the criminal justice system, and to advocate for common sense gun safety.
Westchester has 1,722 employees devoted to keeping our communities safe. The cost to taxpayers of keeping Westchester residents safe through all these programs and more is around $196 per capita annually.
SOURCE: Jason Chervokas, Director of Communications