Chief of Police: Kenneth Scott
Police Department Staff: Click Here
|Shield #||Name||Shield #||Name|
|#8||Gregg Jones||#43||Jonathan Hurtado|
|#9||Clifford Weeks||#44||Daniel D'Elicio|
|#12||Joseph Mercurio||#45||Robert Ruger|
|#16||Thomas Kleveno||#46||Brian Fernandez|
|#19||Phil Heckett||#50||Adam Mercado|
|#22||Frank Lilos||#51||Raymond Scherma|
|#23||Wytoskia Baity||#52||Philip Fagan|
|#32||Mario Strianese||#54||Frank A. Lilos|
|#34||Jason Torpey||#59||Randell Bailey|
|#40||Robert LaGrow||#60||David Yates|
The principal mission of the Village of Highland Falls Police Department is to serve the community by protecting life and property; by preventing crime, by enforcing laws and by maintaining order for all citizens. It is essential for all members to remember that in the execution of our duties we act not for ourselves, but for the good of the public.
We respect and protect the rights of all citizens and perform our duties with honesty, zeal, courage, discretion, fidelity and sound judgment.
Highland Falls Police tips line 845-446-7628 All calls are confidential!
DON’T TAKE CHANCES: O&R REMINDS CUSTOMERS TO REPORT GAS ODORS
PEARL RIVER, NY March 17, 2014 – O&R and PCL&P today renewed its advice to customers about natural gas odors: if you smell natural gas, report it to Central Hudson Gas immediately.
The telephone number to call is: 800-942-8274.
That phone line is staffed every day, around the clock 24/7/365. A gas crew will be dispatched to respond to your report immediately. There is no charge for the crew to respond. The crew members are only interested in your safety.
The natural gas odor smells like rotten eggs and is added to the natural gas so that leaks can be readily detected.
O&R offers customers a number of gas safety tips. When you suspect a gas leak you should:
- Leave your home immediately and take others with you. If outside, get well away from where you suspect the gas is leaking.
- Open windows before you leave if the odor is faint.
- Call Central Hudson Gas at 800-942-8274 once safely away from the leak.
- Tell us if there is also a problem with your electric service.
NOT do anything to create a spark that could cause an explosion, such as lighting a match, turning appliances on or off, using a phone or cell phone. Do not ring a doorbell or start a car.
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. It provides natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York and Pennsylvania.
Winter is here and that means snow!
The Highland Falls Police Department is asking for everyone’s cooperation when the snow falls. For the Department of Public Works to effectively clear our streets of snow or ice, no vehicles are allowed to be parked on public streets during any snow storms, regardless of the amount expected. Snow or icy streets can be dangerous. It can cause accidents and slow the response time for emergency services. Parking will be permitted after the snow or ice stops, the roads are cleared and the Department of Public Works has completed their plowing operations.
Section 187.1 A. – Unlawful to impede or interfere. It shall be unlawful for any person to push, pile or deposit snow or ice on any public road, street, sidewalk or right of way within the Village of Highland Falls.
Section 187.1 B. – It shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with, impede, obstruct, hinder, interrupt or delay any vehicle or equipment engaged or used in the operation of plowing snow or ice or of removing snow or ice from any public road, street or right-of-way or from any part thereof within the Village of Highland Falls.
Section 187.2 - Obstruction of streets or roads. It shall be unlawful for anyone to place, park or leave any vehicle on any public road, street or right of way within the Village of Highland Falls or to permit the same to remain during any snow or ice storm or precipitation or after such storm or precipitation until the snow and ice have been removed or cleared from such public street, road or right of way.
Section 187.3 - Removal of vehicles. Prohibits anyone to leave any vehicle parked or standing on any public road or street if that vehicle blocks, interferes, impedes, obstructs, hinders, interrupts or delays the operation of any plowing or snow removal operation.
Please help out,do your part and follow the rules. Vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed if in violation of the above regulations. Please contact our department if you have any questions, Thank You.
Chief of Police
The Village of Highland Falls will need your help this winter. Due to snow/ice in the winter months, some streets can become impassable for emergency vehicles. What you can do to help….
- Park your car as close to the curb as possible.
- Do not park your vehicle across from another vehicle if it creates limited space for vehicles to pass through.
- Shovel the snow from the curb.
- Report any vehicles that you observe parked and creating a hazard or free flow of traffic.
What will the police department do….
- If a street or a section of a street is identified as “interfering with the free flow of traffic or creating a hazard”, we will declare that street, or a section of that street, as an emergency no parking zone.
- Signs will be posted and an attempt will be made to notify vehicle owners that the area is declared as an emergency no parking zone. This is in accordance with Village Code 108-17(a).
- If a vehicle is not moved from an emergency no parking zone, it will be ticketed and impounded.
- Once a street or section of that street has been declared an emergency no parking zone, we will notify the Village Department of Public Works. As soon as they clear the street identified as an emergency no parking zone, the declaration will be lifted and the signs removed.
- An updated list of streets declared as emergency no parking will be posted on this site.
The Highland Falls Police Department is asking for everyone’s cooperation when the snow or ice falls. Snow or ice covered sidewalks can cause injuries and delay response time of our emergency services. As a reminder, it is the law to clear the sidewalk adjacent to your property. Village codes 187.5, 187.6, 187.9 and 201.12 cover the owner/occupants responsibilities.
Please help out,do your part and follow the rules. Those in violation of the above regulations will be handled in accordance to the laws. Please contact our department at 845-446-4911 if you have any questions, Thank You.
Chief of Police
While most fireworks remain illegal in New York State, a recent law has authorized counties and cities outside of New York City to legalize the sparklers and certain sparkling devices for those who are over 18 years of age. (it is a crime to provide a sparkler to a person less than 18 years of age, even in the jurisdiction where sparkling devices have been legalized)
The only fireworks now cleared for sale are limited to colorful sparkling fountain devices, which means no projectiles and no explosives like firecrackers, no Roman candles or bottle rockets.
For additional information about this law, including information on sales, please visit the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) web page at:
Prescription Pill Box
The Highland Falls Police Departments Medication Drop Box Program
Bring your unused or unwanted medications in their original containers or sealed bag to our drop off box located in the lobby at police headquarters,24hrs/day,365 days/year!
Black Bear Encounters
If you Encounter a Bear:
Never Approach, Surround, or Corner a Bear - Bears aggressively defend themselves when they feel threatened. Be especially cautious around cubs as mother bears are very protective.
Never Run from a Bear - stay calm, speak in a loud and calm voice, slowly back away and leave the area
Use Noise to Scare away Bears from Your Campsite - yell, clap, or bang pots immediately upon sighting a bear near your campsite.
Do Not Throw Your Backpack or Food Bag at an Approaching Bear
- Doing so will only encourage bears to approach and "bully" people to get food.
- By teaching a bear to approach humans for food, you are endangering yourself, other campers/residents, and the bears.
In Your Yard:
- From a safe distance, make loud noises by shouting or banging pots to scare the bear away.
- Once the bear leaves, remove all attractants such as bird seed, garbage, and pet food.
- Ask neighbors to remove attractants..
In a Building:
- Give the bear a clear escape route.
- Leave any doors open as you back away from the bear.
- Do not lock the bear in a room.
If a Bear Becomes Aggressive and:
Raise your arms and speak in a loud, calm voice while backing away.
- Stand your ground.
- If you have bear spray, dispense directly at the bear. Please follow the link leaving the DEC's website to learn about the proper use of bear spray.
- Stay together.
- Do not run, but continue to back away while speaking loudly.
If the bear continues to follow you:
- Stand your ground.
- Intimidate by making yourself look bigger by waving arms, clapping, shouting, banging sticks.
- Prepare to fight or use bear spray.
If the bear makes contact with you:
Fight back with anything at hand (knife, stick, rocks, fists).
Know Where Bears are Active - Contact the NYS DEC about the area you plan to visit:
- Eastern Adirondacks: (518) 897-1291
- Western Adirondacks: (315) 785-2261
- Northern Catskills: (607) 652-7367
- Southern Catskills: (845) 256-3098
- Eastern Allegany region: (607) 776-2165, ext. 16
- Western Allegany region: (716) 372-0645
To report the feeding of bears or a bear encounter, contact the nearest Regional DEC Office.
For more information about black bears, check out:
Reducing Human-Bear Conflicts - Advice on avoiding conflicts with bears in your back yard as well as in the backcountry.
Black Bears - Black bear facts, home range map, and links to other DEC black bear resources.
For more information click on the below link:
Parking Meter Information
Parking meters are in operation Monday through Saturdays between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. (Not in operation on Sundays, Holidays or the month of December)
There is a two hour time limit for parking in metered spaces. Parking meters will accept nickels, dimes and quarters. 12 minutes for each nickel, 24 minutes for each dime and 60 minutes for each quarter.
If a meter is failed, jammed or out of order, you may park in that space andnot be issued a ticket. If you are issued a ticket while a meter is failed, jammed or out of order, call the police communications at 845-446-4911 and ask for assistance. (24/7)
Parking meter stickers can be purchased at Village Hall located at 303 Main Street, Highland Falls NY 10928 Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. The stickers are good for the calendar year for a fee of $25.00 for residents of Highland Falls, Ft. Montgomery and West Point, and $35.00 for non-residents. For information or application, please click here
The fine is $25.00 for meter violations.
Free Parking Available
There is free parking available in Municipal Parking Lot #1 located behind 254 Main Street, Highland Falls NY 10928 and in Municipal Parking Lot #2 located across the street from 353 Main Street, Highland Falls NY 10928. (Both parking lots have a 24 hour maximum time limit for parked vehicles.)
There are 50 meter free spaces on Main Street located between 401 Main Street, Highland Falls NY 10928 to 327 Main Street, Highland Falls NY 10928. (2 hour parking limit still applies to these meter free spaces)
There is no parking on Main Street between the hours of 3:00 am to 6:00 am.
If you have any questions on parking, contact the police communications at 845-446-4911.
Police communications is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
CAR BREAK-IN PREVENTION TIPS
Vehicle break-ins are an internationally common crime, and the Village of Highland Falls is not immune. The good news is there are things that we can do to protect ourselves from having our cars broken into and our personal property stolen:
- Leave any items home that might be attractive to thieves.
- Put your valuables in the trunk! Put items attractive to thieves in your trunk before you arrive at your destination.
- Putting the items in your trunk while at your parking spot can tip off a thief that you have good property to steal.
- Never leave anything visible inside your vehicle! This is the single most important thing you can do to prevent your car window from being smashed and your valuables stolen.
- Thieves take things you might think are worthless.
Take with you, leave at home or store in your trunk any of the following items:
- GPS units (always wipe of the suction cup ring on your windshield – that ring is a dead give away to a thief that a GPS device is inside your vehicle. GPS units are the most common items stolen during a car break-in.
- Handbags, purses, wallets, gym bags, and briefcases are the second most stolen items during a car break-in.
- Cell Phones
- MP3 players
- Chargers (even if you hide your electronics, if the thief sees the charger, they will break into a car on the assumption that the GPS, cell phone, or MP3 player is hidden under your seat, in an interior compartment, or inside your trunk.
- Stereo faceplates, satellite radio receivers
- Radar detectors
- Loose change – to some your spare change is a fortune. A car thief will break into your car to steal your change out of a cup holder or ash tray
- CD’s or DVD’s
- Laptops and cases
- Park in a well lighted location with large amounts of foot traffic. Avoid parking on an isolated side streets or parking lots.
- Roll up your car windows all the way, and lock your doors! Engage your car alarm if you have one, but understand that a car alarm alone may not deter a thief from breaking into your car. The amount of time necessary for a thief to break into your car and steal your property is less than 30 seconds, not enough time for them to be scared away so easily.
What to do if you see a car break –in in progress
- Call the Highland Falls Police department directly at 845-446-4911 or 911 and report the incident.
- When talking to the dispatcher, try to give as much information as possible, specifically:
- LOCATION of the incident: Address, cross streets, or specific location.
- DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT(S): Provide as much information as possible, such as sex, race, age, height, weight, hair color and length, facial hair, color and style of clothing, identifying marks such as tattoos or piercings, etc.
- DIRECTION: Give a direction of travel if the thief flees. If the thief flees in a vehicle, give a description of the vehicle, and attempt to provide a license plate.
- DESCRIPTION OF THE VICTIM’S VEHICLE: If possible give the color, make, model, and license plate for the vehicle. If it is your vehicle advise the dispatcher.
HOW TO SPOT A REAL O&R EMPLOYEE
O&R recently launched a new initiative designed to help customers better identify whether the utility worker who comes to their door is a real O&R employee or a fake one. This new initiative provides an added layer of identification of O&R representatives who have appointments to call on customers' residences to perform work.
The protection includes providing the customer with a unique service order number as well as a dedicated telephone number to call for verification:
- When O&R makes an appointment to visit a customer's home, O&R will provide the customer with a unique service order number. When the utility worker arrives at a customer's home, the customer asks the utility worker for the service order number and confirms it matches before admitting that worker to the customer's home.
- Customers can also call a dedicated number at O&R, (845) 577-3526, to verify an employee's identity.
In addition, all O&R employees and contractors are required to carry color photo I.D. cards during their workday. For unscheduled utility work at customers' homes, such as meter reading or emergency repairs, customers are urged to ask to see the utility worker's company identification card before admitting them to their homes or businesses or transacting any business with them.
How to spot a real O&R employee
O&R offers steps you can take for peace of mind and protection against utility imposters:
- Ask for ID. A real O&R employee wears a photo ID badge with his or her name and employee number on it. A fake onedoesn’t.
- Confirm your service order number.A real O&R employee will be able to provide you with a number that matches the one given to you when you scheduled an appointment with us. A fake employee won’t be able to.
- Call us for verification. A real employee is comfortable when you call our toll-free number or a dedicated number -- 845-577-3526 -- to verify his or her identity.
If you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!!!
The safety of a community is the responsibility of ALL of its residents. The police need your help and cooperation to make this a safe place for our families. We encourage all residents and community members to contact our department if they have any information about any criminal activity or suspicious behavior.
Information may be phoned in, sent via email message or texted to Chief@highlandfallsny.org. Information can be submitted anonymously. The more detail provided the more we will have to work with. Please be as specific as possible.
Police Department Links
Premise Security Check Request If you are leaving your premise for a period of time please notify us using this form. We will perform security checks while you are away
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F.A.Q.'s with answers
Where do I go for a Handicap permit?
Highland Falls Police Department, 301 Main St., 845 446-4911.
You must have proper form completed by your doctor and present your driver’s license or Identification Card
Where do I get a burn Permit?
Town of Highlands Building Dept. 254 Main St., 845-446-4280 ext 316
Where do I go for the key to Bog Meadow?
Village Hall 303 Main Street, you must be a resident of the Village or the Town to get the permit and the key, cost $20.00
Directions to West Point, Bear Mountain State Park and the Town of Highlands Court?
Hotels in the area?
- Econo Lodge 17 Main St 845 446 9400
- West Point Motel 156 Main St 845 446 4180
- Academy Motel 41 Main St 845 446 2021
- Pointers Echo Motel 1610 Route 9W 845 446 2696
- Holiday Inn Express 1106 Route 9W, Ft Montgomery 845 446 4386
- Thayer Hotel 674 Thayer Rd., West Point 845 446 4731
- Victorian Riverview B&B 30 Scotts Dr., Ft Montgomery 845 446 5479
- Five Star Inn 1 Thayer Rd., West Point 845 446 1038
- The Garrison House B&B 915 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery 845 446 2322
- Bear Mountain Bridge Motel 1041 Rte 9W, Fort Montgomery 845 446 2472
What are the current Ice Conditions for Local Ponds?
Roe Pond and Garrison Pond check for Red or Green Flags or check with the Recreation Department at 845 446-4280 ext 318
What is the time frame for the Parking Meters?
8am-6pm Monday through Saturday
Where do I go to pay fines for parking or traffic tickets?
The Town of Highlands Court, 254 Main St., 845 446-4280 ext 323
What is the Social Number for the Fire Departments?
Highland Falls Fire Department 845 446-2040
Fort Montgomery Fire Department 845 446-5102
Where can I borrow a walker or a Wheelchair?
Contact either the Town Hall 254 Main Street at 845 446-4280
or the Town of Highlands Ambulance at 845 446-3101
Where do I go for a Vacant House check request?
At the Highland Falls Police Department at 301 Main Street See the dispatcher for the proper form
How do I sign up for the Project Good Morning Program?
At the Highland Falls Police Department at 301 Main Street See the dispatcher for the proper paperwork