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MASSENA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Emergency - 911
315-769-3577
(FAX) 315-769-2735
Chief's EMail:  chief@police.massena.ny.us 


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The principal mission of the Massena Police Department is to preserve the rights of all its citizens, the prevention of crime, protection of persons, property, maintenance of public order, and to respond to events that threaten public order and the protection of life and property.

The Village of Massena created the Police Department by law in 1888 and the first Constable was appointed in 1894.

Timmy J. Currier, The Chief of Police, heads the Massena Police Department, a force of 22 full-time officers, and several civilian support staff members.

SWORN OFFICERS CIVILIAN SUPPORT STAFF
  1 – Chief of Police              4 – Civilian Dispatchers        
  4 – Patrol Sergeants           7 – School Crossing Guards
  2 – Investigators                 1 – Police Matron
14 – Patrol Officers               1 – Clerk / Secretary
                                           1 – Custodian

The department offers many specialized services, so that it can achieve its mission. Drug enforcement; Investigators; Crime Scene Evidence Technicians; D.A.R.E. / School Resource Officer; Commercial Vehicle Enforcement; Bicycle Patrols; Motor Vehicle Accident Reconstruction; and Canine Teams are some of the departments specialized enforcement.


FINGERPRINTING
Many employers now require people to be fingerprinted as part of a background investigation prior to beginning employment. The department will fingerprint anyone that resides in the Village of Massena or the Town of Massena at no charge. Those wishing to be fingerprinted will be required to present a photo-identification. An appointment is not required, but it is recommended to prevent long delays. We will direct those living outside the Village or Town of Massena to another agency.

RECORDS REQUEST

All request for official records from the Massena Police Department should be directed to the Office of the Chief of Police. Request should be made in writing and directed to Ms. Melissa J. Dishaw, Police Department Records Clerk, Town Hall Building, 60 Main Street, Massena, New York 13662. Some fees may apply. Inquires can be made to the Records Clerk at 315-769-3577.

VACANT HOUSE CHECK
The department sponsors a program known as “Vacant House Check” – citizens inform the police before they leave their homes for vacation or extended absences, and officers keep an watchful eye on their property.

DRUG TIP LINE
The department’s Investigative Unit maintains a “Drug Tip Line” – citizens can call and leave information about illegal drug use for the department.  That number is:  (315) 764-5508.

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER / D.A.R.E. OFFICER
Officer Patrick J. Serguson is assigned to the Massena Central School District as the School Resource Officer. His office is located at the High School and he can be contacted at 315-769-3710 (3639). He is trained in dealing with juvenile issues and child substance abuse issues. He is available to handle problems in a professional and confidential manner. He also instructs D.A.R.E. at Jefferson Elementary School.  Officer Christopher D. Flynn is the department's newest D.A.R.E. Officer. He will be instructing D.A.R.E. at Madison, Nightengale and Trinity Catholic Schools. Officer Flynn is a certified D.A.R.E. instructor and can be contacted by calling the police department.

CHILD PASSENGER TECHNICIAN
The department has a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Child Passenger Technician. Officer John Holmes can educate citizens in the proper installation of child car safety seats.

CELL PHONES FOR SAFETY
The Massena Police Department in cooperation with the Massena Senior Citizens Center and the Massena Independent Living Center is sponsoring “Cell Phones for Safety,” a program designed to provide a cellular telephone to people to be used for emergency 911 calls.  A disconnected cellular phone may still be used to call Emergency 911, provided that it is charged.  This service is valuable to people that are traveling in vehicles, or those who spend time away from a phone.  We are asking people to donate their old, or discarded cellular phones to the Massena Police Department.  We ask that the phone be in working condition and have the appropriate charging equipment.  The Massena Senior Citizens and Massena Independent Living Center will distribute them to those in need.  Primarily, we will give preference to elderly people or disabled people.  Those interested in donating cellular phones can drop the phones off to the Massena Police Department.  People interested in receiving a phone may contact the Massena Senior Citizens Center at 769-7810 or Massena Independent Living Center at 764-9442.

ARE YOU OKAY?
"Are You Okay" is a free daily phone call service provided to seniors, disabled persons, and people that are shut in.  The “Are You OK? Call is made at a pre-selected time which provides a daily check on a person.  To apply call the Office for the Aging at 386-4730.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

The department maintains a local listing of Sex Offenders in the community and works with the New York State Sex Offender Registry to ensure that offenders meet requirements. For information regarding offenders, contact the department or you can call the State Registry at 1-800-262-3257 (this is a toll call) to find out if someone is a convicted sex offender. You may also check on line at http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/index.htm or click below.

TRAFFIC BUREAU
The Police Department Clerk maintains the Village of Massena Traffic Bureau. Fines for parking violation summonses can be paid 24 hours a day at the police station, or mailed to the Traffic Bureau at 60 Main Street, Town Hall Building, Massena, New York 13662. A check or exact amount of cash is required (do not send cash through the mail).

TRAFFIC REGULATIONS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MOPEDS (Limited Use Motorcycles):
http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/dmvfaqs.htm#MOPEDS 
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES (ATVs):
http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/dmvfaqs.htm#ATVs 
BICYCLES, IN-LINE SKATES & SCOOTERS:
http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/dmvfaqs.htm#bikes 

HANDICAPPED PARKING PERMITS
The Police Department Clerk issues New York State Handicapped Parking Permits to qualified residents of the Village and Town of Massena. A completed application, approved by a physician is required. Pick up applications at the police station or download off line at: http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/forms.htm.  

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS
The Massena Humane Society handles animal complaints for the Village and Town of Massena. Call 764-1330. This includes domestic animals and wildlife. If an emergency exist call 911.

SEAWAY VALLEY CRIME STOPPERS
If you know someone involved in a crime, or can provide police with information about a crime, call the Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers 1-800-265-TIPS (1-800-265-8477). You will not have to reveal your identity and you could earn a cash reward.

FRAUD AND SCAMS
Phone Fraud, Telemarketing Scams and Mail Fraud are a prevalent problem today. Protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim. If an offer sounds to good to be true, it is very likely that it is not true. Never give personal information or your banking information to someone that you do not know and trust.

GUEST OFFICERS / SPEAKERS
Does your group or organization need a speaker or are you looking for some law enforcement information? The department has many trained and certified instructors with special knowledge about many different law enforcement topics. Contact the Chief of Police to inquire and schedule a speaker for your group or organization.


MASSENA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Crime Alerts – Recent Crime Information


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MASSENA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Lessons in the Law – Did You Know?
This section will be updated to provide you with some of those lesser known laws, or give you updates to changes in the law that have occurred recently. 

Village of Massena Noise Ordinance (Date Posted:  November 22, 2002):
A.  No person, with the intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, shall cause, suffer, allow or permit to be made unreasonable noise. For purposes of this chapter, unreasonable noise is any disturbing, excessive, or offensive sound that disturbs a reasonable person of normal sensitivities.
B.  The following acts are declared to be prima facie evidence of a violation of this chapter. This enumeration shall not be deemed exclusive.

(1) Any unnecessary noise from any source between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m
the following day.

(2) Noise from a dog or other pet animal that is continuous and exceeds 15 minutes.

(3) Noise from a burglar alarm or other alarm system of any building, motor vehicle, or boat that is continuous and exceeds 15 minutes.

(4) Noise from any sound reproduction system, operating or playing any radio, portable radio or tape player, television, tape deck or similar device that reproduces or amplifies sound  in such a manner as to be heard 60 feet from its source or over any property line.

(5) The erection, including excavation, demolition, alteration or repair of any building other 
than between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., except in case of a public safety and emergency.

(6) The operation of power equipment in residential zones outdoors between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. the following day, and on weekends between 10:00 p.m. and 
8:00 a.m.

(7) The sounding of any horn or signaling device of an automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle for any unnecessary or unreasonable period of time.

(8) The making of improper noise or disturbance or operating an automobile or motorcycle in such a manner as to cause excessive squealing or other excessive noise of the tires.

Seatbelt Law: (Date Posted:  November 22, 2002):
As of November 28, 2000, all rear seat passengers under the age of sixteen (16) must be restrained by a safety belt.  All front seat occupants regardless of age must be restrained. The driver is responsible for all front seat passengers under age 16.  All children under 4 years old must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat.  For more information, go to http://www.nysgtsc.state.ny.us

Seatbelt Use:
Over the past 25 years, New York's seat belt use has increased from 12% to more than 75%. Seatbelts use in this state has saved more than 200 lives and prevented over 1500 serious injuries each year.

When a person is properly restrained, they increase their chance of avoiding a serious injury by more than 70%.

Please, wear your seatbelt and make sure everyone, especially younger children are properly restrained.  For more information on seatbelt and child restrain use, go to http://www.nysgtsc.state.ny.us


New York Puts .08 BAC Driving Limit Into Effect
Studies Show That Up to 40 Lives could be Saved Annually Across New York State
Brought to you by: STOP DWI - New York
Drive the Change!

Albany, N.Y., July 1, 2003—New York’s .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) threshold went into effect, lowering the amount of alcohol drivers can legally consume and still operate a vehicle on the state’s roadways. With 36 states across the nation already enforcing similar .08 BAC laws, New York became the 37th state to take a tougher stance against drunk drivers.

“New York State already has one of the best records in the nation for reducing drunk driving fatalities,” says Governor George E. Pataki. “The new .08 law will help to save even more lives and make New York’s roadways safer for everyone. It’s an important piece of legislation – one that a lot of people have worked tirelessly to bring into law – and we should see some very positive benefits moving forward.”

Recent studies indicate that by reducing the legal BAC level to .08% (previously .10%), approximately 40 additional lives could be saved each year in New York State.

All across the state, police are gearing up to enforce the new law, which according to some estimates could mean up to 1,600 additional DWI arrests over the next year. In 2002, more than $20 million in fines were collected from drunk drivers throughout New York State.

A DWI conviction in New York State can cost more than $15,000, taking into account fines, legal fees and insurance premium increases.

What is BAC?
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is defined as the level of alcohol in the bloodstream. As the number of alcoholic beverages consumed over a period of time increases, so does the BAC. At .08% BAC, virtually everyone, including habitual drinkers, experiences some degree of driving skill impairment affecting eye movement, judgment, coordination, concentration and speed control.

In a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol ((May, 2000), results showed that a driver with a .08 BAC can be up to 50 times more likely to die in a crash than if he was completely sober (.00 BAC). At .10 BAC – the former BAC limit for drunk driving in New York – the same driver would be up to 240 times more likely to die in a drunk-driving crash. The degree of impairment varies for each individual according to the amount of alcohol consumed, body weight, length of time spent drinking and whether the person ate before or while drinking alcohol.

.08 BAC Facts
“BAC” stands for Blood Alcohol Concentration. BAC represents the amount of ethanol in a person’s bloodstream.
· New York State is the 37th state to adopt a .08 BAC limit for driving
· Studies show that up to 40 lives could be saved per year in New York State as a result of reducing the BAC level to .08.
· A young male driver with a .08 BAC can be up to 50 times more likely to die in a single-car crash than a driver with a .00 BAC.
· By lowering the legal BAC limit to .08%, statistics show that more than 1,600 additional DWI arrests will be made statewide over the next year.
· Average- An average 140-lb female will reach a .08 BAC within one hour after consuming about three drinks. The average 170-lb male will reach a .08 BAC within one hour after consuming about four drinks.

Alcohol Content and Impairment Facts
· Each of the following drinks contains an equal amount of alcohol:
1. 12-oz. can of beer at 5% alcohol content
2. 5-oz. glass of wine at 12% alcohol content
3. 1 ½-oz. shot of 80-proof liquor
4. 12-oz. wine cooler at 5% alcohol content

Alcohol content between products will vary considerably depending on container size and percentage of alcohol.
· The degree of impairment depends on four basic factors:
1. The amount you drink.
2. Whether you’ve eaten before or while drinking (food slows absorption).
3. Your body weight.
4. The length of time spent drinking.

Coffee cannot make someone sober. The person may be more awake, but just as drunk. Only time can make someone sober. It takes at least one hour per drink for the alcohol to leave the body’s system.

New York Drunk Driving Statistics
· The most likely drivers to be killed in a drunk driving crash are males in their early 20’s.
· The most frequently arrested drunk drivers are males in their 30’s.
· In 2001 there were 315 drinking and driving related deaths in New York State.
· 45% of those killed in alcohol-related crashes are the driver.
· In 2002, more than $20 million in fines were collected from convicted drunk drivers in New York.
· Nationally, three out of 10 people will be in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.

Costs Associated with Drunk Driving
· A DWI conviction can cost upwards of $15,000 in fines, legal fees and increased insurance premiums.