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Posted on: July 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Police Chief to retire --Town Board interviewing three Captains....

Received an e mail from David Campbell of Suez at 1:33 AM about the water main leak. Suez serves parts of the southern section of town. The majority of residents of unicorporated Greenurgh are served by Greenburgh water and were not impacted by lack of water last night.

Water should have been restored around 1130pm. We isolated the issue and are in the process of making repairs now.


It is with regret that we inform you that Police Chief Chris McNerney has advised the Board of his intention to retire from the Police Department on August 25th. Chief McNerney is leaving to pursue an opportunity with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office as their Chief Criminal Investigator.


The Town Board will be interviewing the three Police Captains for the position of Interim Police Chief. The Board will appoint a permanent Police Chief after a civil service promotional test is administered in March 2020.


Below are some of the accomplishments we have achieved under his leadership over the last 5 ½ years:


Implemented a Police Body Worn Camera program- first agency in Westchester County with full patrol deployment


Re-instituted the Street Crime Unit

Created the Special Victim's Unit

Targeted impact crimes of burglary and larceny from vehicles significantly reducing crimes


Initiated and worked with the Town Attorney’s office and residents to create local legislation to address proliferation of illicit massage establishments in town- closing all of them


Worked with the community and DPW to increase installation of sidewalks throughout the Town


Created "Snow Emergency" legislation for downtown Hartsdale to allow for overnight parking during the winter months


Acquired nearly $3 million worth of special operation emergency vehicles from grants and the federal 1033 program

Adopted numerous traffic and safety initiatives and won the AAA Platinum Award (Highest Award- For most progressive traffic safety initiatives) 3 years in a row

Initiated the installation of numerous stationary license plate readers throughout the Town including approximately $360,000 in grants


Initiated the speed activation recording in police car video camera systems resulting in significant reduction in police involved motor vehicle accidents

Joined the FBI Safe Streets Task Force

Joined the US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force

Obtained several EMS grants for tourniquets, quick clot agents (now carried by all patrol officers) and Lucas Compression Life Saving Devices

Expanded Child Safety Seat Program

With DPW, commenced several traffic safety engineering studies throughout the Town

Oversaw many initiatives to improve conditions at current Police Headquarters

Worked with Town Court to start process for a new Police and Court facility

Created Motorcycle Unit


Conducted Motorcycle Safety Seminar- resulting in reduction of motorcycle accidents

Started a Police Drone program


Received approval for the installation of a microwave radio system

Expanded our Emergency Medical Services program

Expanded our Taser program to all patrol officers (previously just supervisors) to insure all officers are  equipped with this important less than lethal force option

Expanded the less than lethal force options available for patrol officers- Bolawrap purchased and training commenced


Transitioned from PR-24 baton to expandable baton

Started a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit

With Town Philanthropy Department received funding in perpetuity from the Lanza Foundation for Police Summer Youth Program

Established a Police Chaplain program to include team of Chaplains

Started participation in National Night Out

Started an internship program for high school and college students

Obtained patrol rifles grant replacing outdated weapons with necessary modern equipment

Muster/Training room redesign from donations including installation of $11,000 of modern audio visual equipment 

Received NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Department Reaccreditation- best performance in evaluator's 15 year experience

Started a Social Media program and designated a Social Media Officer

Partnered with schools and many local businesses to conduct Active Shooter Drills and Stop the Bleed Training 

Worked with NYS Department of Transportation to approve and install a u-turn on the Sprain Brook Parkway between Dobbs Ferry Road and Jackson Avenue

Worked with NYS Department of Transportation to install left turn traffic signals at Sprain Brook Parkway/100B and Central Avenue/Underhill Road- Old Army Road

Cross trained all Community Policing Officers to be Crime Prevention Officers.

Provided Cultural Diversity Implicit Bias training to supervisors

Provided Crisis Intervention training to patrol officers


 Greenburgh's loss is The District Attorney's gain. We appreciate the hard work and outstanding service given to the town by Chief Chris McNerney and wish him great successes. He ran a great department, was hard working, smart and innovative and will be missed.




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