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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.
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 facilityCreated 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 batonStarted a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement UnitWith 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 ChaplainsStarted 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 RoadCross 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.