When many of us think of public safety, we thing about our roadways, our parks and the overall feeling residents have while walking around the village and within their own neighborhood.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Tuckahoe Police had for their success in addressing local traffic safety issues; but the question has been raised by some Patch readers about what specifically merits such an award?
The department can be seen throughout the year, promoting and taking part in many events that promote public safety and awareness. Some of these programs include but are not limited to:
- Safe Riders Day – A Bicycle safety event for the youth in the community.
- Child Passenger Safety Seat Events – The department participates in multiple child car seats events during the year.
- National Night Out Against Crime – A free community event held to promote various law enforcement issues, which includes DWI/Drug issues and traffic safety.
- Operation Safe Stop – A nationwide school bus safety enforcement event.
- DWI Safety Events – The department sends an officer to several times a year to talk to high school students and other groups within the community.
- Parent Information Night – The department has an officer address parents concerning current issues facing driving teens and DWI and traffic safety laws.
- Buckle Up NY – The annual statewide seat belt enforcement events.
- STOP-DWI patrols – NYS funded overtime patrols to enforce DWI laws. These patrols are done numerous times during the year, including but not limited to; St Patrick’s Day, Labor Day,
- Superbowl weekend, 4th of July weekend, and Halloween night.
- S.T.E.P. enforcement – Overtime details which focus on speeding and aggressive driving within the Village.
- B.E.S.T.A.D.E. checkpoints – These checkpoints are done annually by the Bronxville, Eastchester, Scarsdale and Tuckahoe Alcohol and Drug Enforcement (B.E.S.T.A.D.E.) officers to check for
- DWI/Drug drivers on the communities roadways.
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Lt. Ray Stabile also talks about the outreach programs the department takes part in, helping Tuckahoe adolescents become informed of the dangers and consequences of drug and alcohol use.
"We send officers to Tuckahoe High School several times a year to address the students in matters concerning DWI/Drug driving, traffic safety, and texting and driving," stated Stabile.
In regard to those who commute each day, making thier way to the train station, Tuckahoe PD works to maintain a safe environment in which pedestrians can get to and from the station.
"The department closely monitors the “commuter routes” used by the large amount of pedestrians walking to and from the two train stations located in Tuckahoe and the department proactively takes actions to improve and maintain the safety of the pedestrians using the commuter routes," said Stabile.
Tuckahoe PD also receives a separate award from AAA each year for no pedestrian fatalities, which now according to the department stands at 38 years and counting.
So next time you see an officer patroling your neighborhood or on Columbus Ave. or Main St., take time out to thank them for all the hard work that sometimes goes unnoticed in the Village; behind the scenes efforts of an entire department that has translated into a higher quality of life for village residents.