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Posted on: April 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] link to department updates-----and info on domestic violence in Greenburgh

Each week town department heads have been updating Town Bd members and the community on how their departments have been operating
see full text: update on domestic violence
https://greenburghny.swagit.com/play/04282020-1853


To All Town Residents,

link to Greenburgh department updates (what’s been happening during past week)-how departments are functioning during COVID-19...and info on domestic violence in Greenburgh

TOWN DEPARTMENT HEADS UPDATE TOWN BOARD ON HOW THEIR OPERATIONS ARE RUNNING DURING COVID-19 (A WEEKLY REPORT)   Each week  our town department heads have been updating Town Board members and the community on how their departments have been operating during the COVID-19 crisis.  We received an encouraging report from the head of our EMS unit, Jared Rosenberg that COVID-19 calls are down. Received an update from the Comptroller and Receiver of Taxes about tax collections and how we are handling late hardship tax payments.  Most residents are paying their taxes on time.    And, all other department heads gave reports.   Ray Maseda, Chief of the Hartsdale Fire Department and Howard Reiss, Chief of the Fairview Fire department also provided updates on their operations. The Greenville Fire department declined invitations to share info on their department operations with the community.  The link to the meeting is below.   Also posted below is a memo from the Police Chief  dealing with how the department deals with domestic violence.  https://greenburghny.swagit.com/play/04282020-1853 PAUL FEINER To All Town Residents, The Town of Greenburgh Police Department is committed to investigating and where appropriate, arresting offenders who commit crimes involving a domestic violence dynamic. Greenburgh Police Officers shall respond to all complaints of domestic violence or abuse. Police Officers will document each incident investigated by completing a Domestic Incident Report (DIR). A Detective assigned to the Special Victim’s Unit of the Greenburgh Police Department will follow up by contacting the person who filed the domestic incident report to learn more facts and enhance the investigation. Often times, victims are in need of a referral to a county  agency for additional support and advocacy. Detectives assigned to the Special Victims’ Unit of the Greenburgh Police Department work closely with the Special Prosecutions Office of the Westchester County District Attorney. Both Prosecutors and Detectives are specially trained in providing victims the support needed if they should  find themselves in an abusive and / or  violent situation.     During this pandemic victims may be reluctant to call the police for assistance because they fear that their abuser may find out, or they believe that services are unavailable.  Please know that Police Officers and Detectives will investigate each case and do so with discretion as the circumstances dictate.  Please know  that support services are available to victims of domestic violence. The Police may serve as a conduit to assisting victims to attain these vital services during the COVID 19 pandemic. There are several options available to victims to contact the Greenburgh Police Department; 1.       Call 9-1-1 in any emergency. 2.       Call the Police Department main number : (914) 989-1700. 3.       Text to our TIPs line – 4-1-1. 4.       Visit our website at: www.police.greenburghny.com – you may file a police report electronically and email to the department at, policereport@greenburghny.com. A Police Officer will contact you at the phone number you provide for additional investigative information. 5.       A list of victim’s services is posted on the Greenburgh Police website, www.police.greenburghny.com .  Simply navigate to “services” and click on it. Thus far during this pandemic, Greenburgh Police Officers and Detectives have investigated (36) cases relevant to domestic incidents from the time period of March 22, 2020 – April 22, 2020.  Each case is investigated and all the facts are weighed carefully. In (28) of the cases investigated there were no offenses committed. These cases were classified as a verbal dispute. Presently, there are (7) cases under investigation for alleged offenses including, Criminal Contempt 2nd degree, Assault 3rd degree, and Aggravated Harassment 2nd degree. In each of these cases, the necessary resources of the Police, District Attorney, and the Courts were made available to the victims. Finally, I have shared an excerpt from the Office of the Westchester County District Attorney with respect to the COVID 19 pandemic and links to additional victims services. (Please see below). help is Available Even in These Times of Crisis Abuse is all about power and control and with people forced to spend more hours together in limited spaces tension can be exacerbated. An abuser may feel more justified in escalating their tactics to isolate their victims, a real concern to anyone who is at risk of being victimized and to all those affected by the health crisis. Job disruption may put additional financial strains on the household adding to an already volatile situation. Escape plans may be disrupted because of the epidemic. Travel restrictions may impact a survivor’s escape or safety plan. It may not be medically safe for a victim to use public transportation. Money saved for “escape” may be needed for general support when victims are out of work. Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions Division  and the Town of Greenburgh Police continues to serve those who may be a victim of domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking and child abuse. If anyone believes they are a victim or becoming a victim, they should call 911 or contact their local police Westchester County https://www.westchestergov.com/home/all-press-releases/8365-westchester-county-reminds-residents-of-domestic-violence-resources-during-covid-19-pandemic Pace Womens Justice https://law.pace.edu/wjc Stay safe and stay well, Brian Joseph Ryan Chief of Police Town of Greenburgh

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