Mount Vernon Police to work with Westchester County Police and Westchester County DA's office to help eradicate crime in Mount Vernon
Mayor Ernest D. Davis and County Executive Robert P. Astorino will hold a joint press conference to announce a joint effort by the Mount Vernon Police Department and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety that will increase the number of uniformed officers patrolling the streets of the city on busy summer nights.
The press conference is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. in front of City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, New York.
“We’re stepping up our efforts to become a more professional crime fighting department,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “This joint crime fighting effort with the County Police will help us in achieving that goal even more quickly and sends a strong signal that this city’s crime fighting net extends beyond our borders.”
“Most people are familiar with the concept of mutual aid. This initiative is an example of mutual aid being offered in a flexible, dynamic way,” Astorino said. “By working together, we can coordinate and extend the capabilities of both departments in ways that will make Mount Vernon and the county at large safer.”
Initially launched on Memorial Day Weekend, the collaboration between the two agencies has already gotten off to a great start. Over the past two weekends the combined patrols have resulted in 51 arrests on charges ranging from robbery and assault to criminal possession of cocaine and marijuana.
The Mount Vernon Police Department has linked members of local violent gangs having connection to numerous shootings and even homicide. The joint patrol initiative is aimed at providing a heightened, visible police presence in critical locations within the city. Those locations have been identified by the Mount Vernon Police Department using numerous resources to identify hot spots as well as gather intelligence on gang members and gang related activity.
Working side-by-side, uniformed county police officers headed by Sgt. Steven Sexton, will supplement the Mount Vernon Police Department Patrol Task Force and primarily target ongoing gang violence and narcotics activity. The joint patrols will be in effect on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
“We want those individuals who engage in antisocial behavior to know that MVPD means business,” said Police Commissioner Terrence Raynor. “We’re ready to actively pursue anyone who insists on breaking the law and negatively impacting the quality of life for residents of this city.”
In addition to the increased patrols, investigators from the county police Detective Division and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office will be working with the Mount Vernon Detective Division on several open homicide investigations.
WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE
WHEN: Thursday - June 6, 2013
WHERE: Steps of City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, New York
TIME: 2:30 P.M.