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Chief David Conklin - Phone: (845) 351-4741
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Who Are The People in Your Neighborhood? Get To Know The Village Police / Part Time Officers (Part 2 - Posted 5/6/21)

As part of an on-going effort to help Village Residents get to know the officers who serve them, below find bios for four of the Departments' part-time officers.

PART-TIME OFFICERS

Police Officer Cliff Ader 
Officer Ader obtained a Masters of Science Degree and a Bachelors of Science Degree.  He joined the NYPD in 1988 and retired there as a Homicide Detective. Officer Ader enjoys working in Tuxedo Park because it is a small and safe community and he has met some interesting people. 
When off duty Officer Ader enjoys bike riding, gardening and spending time with his family.   
Officer Ader would like people to know that he is very friendly and approachable and enjoys talking with others. 

Police Officer Timothy Lowry 
Officer Lowry retired from the Town of Warwick Police Department where he was a police officer for more than 20 years.  He became a police officer because he truly likes to help people. 
Officer Lowry likes working in Tuxedo Park because it is a beautiful area with a lot of history and he enjoys talking to the residents. 
When off duty, Officer Lowry enjoys fishing and riding his motorcycle. 
What Officer Lowry would like people to know about him is that he is always willing and available to help the community. 

Police Officer Eric Johnson 
After graduating Cum Laude from St Thomas Aquinas College with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Officer Johnson attended the Orange County Police Academy.  He served twenty years as a Police Officer and Investigator for the Town of Woodbury Police Department before retiring in 2016.  
His favorite thing about working in Tuxedo Park is that he loves the architecture of the old houses. 
When off duty Officer Johnson enjoys renovating houses and completing DIY projects. 

 

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Goshen. DA Announces Funding For Body-Worn Cameras for Tuxedo Park Police

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Who Are The People in Your Neighborhood? Get To Know The Village Police / Part Time Officers (Part 1 - Posted 4/5/21)

As part of an on-going effort to help Village Residents get to know the officers who serve them, below find bios for four of the Departments' part-time officers.

PART-TIME OFFICERS

Police Officer Tyler Stark 

Officer Stark obtained a Bachelors degree from the University of Buffalo.  He graduated the Rockland Police Academy in 2020 and became a police officer with the Village of Tuxedo Park.   

Officer Stark became a police officer for the sense of teamwork and brotherhood. 

Officer Stark enjoys working for Tuxedo Park because it is a small, tightknit community with the opportunity for community policing and building relationships with residents. 

When off duty Officer Stark enjoys Golf, hunting and coaching ice hockey. 

What Officer Stark would like people to know about him is that he loves playing hockey and is currently on the Rockland County PBA Hockey Team as well as the NYPD Hockey Team. 

Police Officer Ryan Smith 

Officer Smith graduated from the Rockland County Police Academy in 2016. He was awarded the Val Swartwout Memorial Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Care. Officer Smith was appointed as a part time Police Officer with Tuxedo Park Police Department in February of 2017. 

Officer Smith said that he became a police officer because he wanted a career that constantly changes on a daily basis. I wanted a rewarding job that can make a lasting impact on the community I serve. 

One of the best things about working in Tuxedo Park is that he is intrigued by the history of the Park and enjoys the small community where he can get to know the majority of residents. 

When off duty Officer Smith enjoys being outside, specifically fishing and rafting. 

Police Officer Brian Levy 

Officer Levy works 3 jobs which includes owning his own business. He has been in law enforcement for 7 years and EMS for 16 years. In 23 years, he has worked in EMS, Humane Law Enforcement and as a Police Officer.  

His career started in EMS as he always had an interest in helping people. He was in EMS for a total of 16 years. During this time, he interacted with many different public safety agencies which caught his eye on law enforcement as it was another way to help people and this is why today he is a police officer. 

What drew Officer Levy to Tuxedo Park was the uniqueness of this village of being the only gated village in Orange County.  His favorite thing about working here is the community in how close the police department works with the residents and how the residents work closely with the police department.  

When off duty Officer Levy likes to relax and watch movies. 

Police Officer Rodney Krinke 

Officer Krinke began his police career with the New York City Police Department in 1986 and he retired in 2006.  Shortly after retirement he began working as a part time police officer for the Tuxedo Park Police Department.  He enjoys working for a smaller department because it allows for more community-based policing. 

Officer Krinke chose Policing as is profession because he was interested in law and wanted to serve the community. 

When off duty Officer Krinke enjoys camping and woodworking. 

 

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Get to Know the Village Police (Posted 3/16/21)

When the traffic booth at the Front Gate of the Village went down back in 2017, Village residents lost an important component of community policing in Tuxedo Park in the form of consistent fact-to-face interaction with their police officers.  At the same time, the Village chose to eliminate their traffic guards and hire more part-time police officers, resulting in a somewhat dramatic increase in the number of officers serving the Village.  The Department now employs a total of 23 officers including it’s Chief.  Although they have continued to operate very successfully and with the upmost efficiency from the Keep, the associated loss of direct interaction has created a void of sorts, whereby many of the residents don’t know the officers and many of the officers don’t know the residents.  
It is important for the police to not only be visible in the community but also to know their residents. Strong relationships of mutual trust between police and the community are critical to maintaining public safety and effective policing.  With the new Traffic Booth nearing completion, it won’t be long before the officers are once again more visible to residents as they enter the Village and this, combined with several other initiatives laid out in the recent Reform and Reinvention Plan, should go a long way in helping to strengthen community engagement and build these important relationships.  
In the meantime, in an effort to help the community get to know a little bit more about the Officers who serve them, TPFYI will be posting Bios for each officer here on our website.  Please check back regularly as we will add new officer info every couple of weeks.
We will begin with our 3 full-time officers. 
 

Full Time Police Officers

Chief Dave Conklin
I retired from the Monroe Police Department in 2018 after serving 28 years in law enforcement.  I started my career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and then transferred to the Town of Tuxedo Police Department where I became the Youth Officer and K-9 Officer.  I subsequently left Tuxedo and transferred to the Monroe Police Department where I worked my way through the ranks from Police Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, Lieutenant and ultimately to Chief of Police.  I had a very rewarding and satisfying career as I reached all of the goals I had set out for myself.

When the Chief’s position in Tuxedo Park became vacant, I pursued this opportunity as I have history and roots in the Tuxedo area.  My Father was born and raised in Tuxedo and I still have family who reside in Tuxedo.  In addition, My Great Uncle, Dwight Conklin was Chief of Police with the Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department in the 1950’s-1970’s and my cousin Robert Morrow was a police officer here as well in the 1970’s-1980’s.  My brother Jason, was a police officer here in 1997 and died after a tragic accident while on duty.  More recently my son Jake was a gate guard in the police booth and was on duty the night that it was crashed into.  I feel blessed and honored to be able to carry on my family tradition of serving the fine residents of Tuxedo Park.   When off duty I enjoy spending time outdoors with my grandchildren.

Police Officer Daniel Sutherland
Officer Sutherland obtained an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors degree in Management.  He started his police career in 2000 with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office on the Road Patrol.  He then transferred to the Woodridge Police Department for 3 years and left to become a police officer with the Town of Tuxedo Police Department for 4 years and subsequently transferred to the Tuxedo Park Police Department where he have been for almost 9 years now.

“What drew me to Tuxedo Park was that I enjoy the “small town” feel and Community Policing interests me, I enjoy the public relations part of the job most of all”.   

Police Officer Max Sirrine
Officer Sirrine was an Infantryman in the United States Army from 2008-2017.  Upon completion of his military service, Officer Sirrine became a Police Officer with the Tuxedo Park Police Department in July 2017.

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Village Seeks Community Input on Police Reform Plan (Updated 3/2/21)

On June 12, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 203 entitled New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative.  Established shortly after the death of George Floyd and the resulting nation-wide protests, the order requires every local government that maintains a police department in the State of New York to conduct a comprehensive review of that department’s use of force, strategies, policies, procedures and practices and to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes these things based on community input. The purpose of the plan is to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, through community engagement as well as to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color where it may exist.  The plan must be adopted by the governing board no later than April 1, 2021 and order authorizes the Director of the Division of the Budget to condition State aid on the adoption of such a plan.
The Governor issued formal guidelines for the process in August.

Many local towns and villages have responded to the order by putting together advisory committees inclusive of government officials, the police, the clergy and various representatives of the community considered to have a stake in policing. Several municipalities have also distributed surveys to their residents in an effort to gauge how they feel about their interactions with the police and where improvements might be needed.  In January, the Village of Tuxedo Park chose to do both.  The committee reviewing police practices consisted of Police Chief David Conklin; Mayor David McFadden; Trustee Chris Kasker; Serena Mueller, Associate Head Tuxedo Park School; Rev. Rick Robyn, St. Mary’s-in-Tuxedo Church; Joshua Scherer from the Tuxedo Club, attorney Stewart Rosenwasser and TPFYI Reporter/life-long Village resident, Meg Vaught.
The executive order required that certain topics be reviewed and discussed and that a number of evidence-based policing strategies such as use of force policies, implicit bias awareness training, community-based outreach and conflict resolution, de-escalation training and practices, problem-oriented policing and ttudies addressing systemic racial bias or racial justice in policing be considered.  The Village committee touched on all of these and more also taking the time to consider the desired roll of police in the community and various methods of improving community engagement, how the department is staffed and a variety of methods for employing smart and effective policing standards and strategies moving forward.
These discussions were aided by the distribution of a community survey, which was completed by 80 some-odd residents.
The final result of this work is a solid Reform and Reinvention Plan, which was posted to the Village website on February 17..  The Village is asking residents to review the plan and come forward with comments and suggestions prior to the March 17 Board of Trustees meeting.  After careful consideration of any and all public comments, the Board will move to adopt the plan at that meeting.

The Town of Tuxedo has approached the process in a slightly different way, forming a larger committee, which is open to any and all interested residents.  At a recent meeting on Wednesday, February 24, the group formed a number of subcommittees each of which will spend the next several weeks focusing on key ares such as Responding to Injustice Issues & Inequities, Community, Department Policies, Practices, Staffing, Recruitment & Training and Menral Health Interactions with Youth and Schools. The next joint meeting (all subcomittees) is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 24 from 6:30-8:30pm via WebEx and is open to the general prublic. At that time the committees are expected to present their findings and recommendations.   No information has been provided to date as to who will be drafting the final report for the State or when a copy will be made available to the general public for comment.

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Village Police Reform Planning (Posted 1/12/21)

Dear Neighbors,

Established by Governor's Executive Order in June; Localities Must Adopt a Plan by April 1, 2021, to Be Eligible for Future State Funding.
 
The recent guidance from the NYSPRRC builds on the Governor's actions following the death of George Floyd. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo signed into law a series of reform policy items - called the "Say Their Name" agenda - including allowing for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers by reforming 50-a of the civil rights law; banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers; prohibiting false race-based 911 reports and making them a crime; and designating the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement.

With more than 500 law enforcement agencies in our large and diverse state, there is no "one size fits all" solution.  To rebuild the police-community relationship, each local government must convene stakeholders for a fact-based and honest dialogue about their community's public safety needs.  Each district must envision for itself the appropriate role of the police.  Policies must be developed to allow the police to do their jobs to protect the public, and these policies must meet with the local communities' acceptance.

Village of Tuxedo Park Police Reform Plan – The Chief and I have put together a committee of community stakeholders (the Police Reform Committee) to develop the plan. The plan will focus on community policing. The committee members are Village Police Chief Dave Conklin, Village Mayor David McFadden, US ARMY Ret Col & Village Trustee Chris Kasker, Serena Mueller, Associate Head of School at Tuxedo Park School, Joshua Scherer, Governor of the Tuxedo Club, and Richard "Father Rick" James Robÿn, St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo Episcopal Church. Our collaborative process will:

  • Review the needs of the community served by its police agency, and evaluate the department's current policies and practices;
  • Establish policies that allow police to effectively and safely perform their duties;
  • Involve the entire community in the discussion;
  • Develop policy recommendations resulting from this review;
  • Offer a plan for public comment;
  • Present the plan to the local legislative body to ratify or adopt it, and;
  • Certify adoption of the plan to the State Budget Director on or before April 1, 2021.

If you have constructive suggestions you would like to share with the Committee, please send an email to VTPpoliceReform@tuxedopark-ny.gov.

Stay safe.

Thank you,
Mayor Mac

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Tuxedo Park Police Department Annual Report (Posted 1/9/2021)

Click here to view the report

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FALL DRIVING TIPS (Posted 10/13/2020)

LEAVES
When leaves accumulate on the roadway and become wet, they can get extremely slippery, making the driving conditions similar to driving on ice.
• Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves,
especially when driving around turns.
• Allow yourself plenty of room to stop in an emergency. Keep
a greater distance between you and the car in front of you.
• Leaves make it difficult to see potholes and bumps in the
road.
• A pile of leaves raked to the side of the road is an inviting
place to a child. Children enjoy jumping into the leaf piles or
burrowing down into them and hiding. Never drive through a
leaf pile. Use caution going around turns and where children
are playing.
• Keep your windshield leaf free to avoid wet leaves getting
stuck under the windshield wiper blades.
DEER
Deer-vehicle collisions increase dramatically between October and December, during their breeding season.
There are steps you can take to decrease the likelihood of being involved in a deer-vehicle collision:
• Deer are unpredictable, especially when faced with glaring
headlights, blowing horns and fast-moving vehicles. They
often dart into traffic.
• Deer often move in groups. If you see one, there are likely
more in the vicinity.
• Always wear your seat belt and stay awake, alert and sober.
• When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is
no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the
eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
• Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the
hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest
risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.
• Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but
stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers
swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control
of their cars.
• SLOW DOWN!
PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION

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Health and Safety Public Announceent (Posted 10/7/2020)

Covid-19 cases are on the rise in Orange and Rockland Counties. It is expected that the rise in Covid-19 positive case will increase this fall.
The Tuxedo Park Police Department is reminding our residents that we all need to continue stringent social distancing practices, wearing of face coverings and frequent washing of hands. We have all done a great job in this community to keep Covid Positive Cases at a bare minimum and would like to continue that trend.
A message from the Center of Disease Control (CDC).
This Season a Flu Vaccine is More Important than Ever!
Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself, your family and your community from flu. A flu vaccine this season can also help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and save medical resources for care of COVID-19 patients. September and October are good times to get a flu vaccine.

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From the Office of the Chief - Promoting Pedestrians & Vehicle Safety - Posted 6/30/2020

Hello,

In an ongoing effort to improve road safety for vehicles and pedestrians, the Mayor has instructed the Police Department to temporarily halt all package delivery trucks/vans entering the Park after 5:00 p.m. as well as asking them to exit the Park no later than 6:00 p.m.

If this presents a problem for scheduled delivery, please contact the Mayor or the Police Department so that we can make an exception for you.

The Mayor also informed me the Tuxedo Club non-resident members and Club employees would use East Lake Road for accessing the pool, tennis, and main club area when arriving and departing through the south and main gates. East Lake Road is the preferred route because West Lake Road is more narrow and winding, making it more difficult to see pedestrians.

The current posted speed limit is 30 mph, but we strongly recommend driving at 25 mph at all times. Please be advised the Police Department is strictly enforcing the current speed limit with little or no warning tickets given. Additionally, we have advised the landscapers and our garbage company not to disobey the speed limit. Let's keep it safe for all.
 
Thank you


Sincerely,
Chief Dave Conklin

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Village Hires New Chief of Police (Posted 1/20/2020)

At their meeting on Wednesday, January 16 the Village Board of Trustees voted in favor of hiring Dave Conklin as the next Chief of Police in Tuxedo Park.  Chief Conklin comes to the Village with 28 years of Police experience including time spent as an officer, detective and Sheriffs deputy in addition to two years as Chief of Police in the Village of Monroe.  
Although a life-long resident of Monroe, Conklin is no stranger to Tuxedo, having served five years with the Town of Tuxedo Police (1995-2000) prior to his service in the Monroe department.   He is also no stranger to the Village as his younger brother Jason Conklin, a Tuxedo Park Police Officer, was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident in the line of duty in 1997.
In a recent letter to the community, Mayor McFadden cited Conklin’s experience as a certified police instructor with strong human resource skills and record of reducing both sick-time and overtime expenditures.  The Mayor also highlighted Conklin’s track record of developing both community policing programs and various communications platforms for the purpose of keeping residents well informed.  Monroe Town Supervisor, Tony Cardone, is quoted as having said “Dave has been nothing short of upstanding, honest and diligent as a Police Officer and Chief over the many years he served Monroe. He represented all of us well, served us with honor, and has been involved in the Monroe Community as a person of integrity.”
Conklin’s prior experience as a Police Chief coupled with his knowledge of the Tuxedo community should allow him to “hit the ground running” when he begins work in early February. 
Welcome to Tuxedo Park Chief Conklin!  The Village is lucky to have you!

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Tuxedo Park Gets New Top Cop

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Melchiorre Steps Down as Tuxedo Park's Top Cop

Posted 6/4/19

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Chief Melchiorre Resigns

Posted 6/1/19

Dear Neighbors,
 
Yesterday the Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Chief Alex Melchiorre on or about July 31, 2019.  Alex has served as our Chief since July 1, 2016. We thank Alex for his years of hard work and dedication to the Village and wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.
 
A Search Committee has been formed to find Alex’s replacement. Within 60-90 days our Committee hopes to present several qualified candidates to the full Board for review and comment.


Thanks,

Mayor Mac

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Double Duty?

Posted 1/19

At their meeting on January 15, the Village of Monroe Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of hiring current Village of Tuxedo Park Police Chief, Alex Melchiore, as their full-time interim Chief of Police. 

(Meeting minutes can be found here)

Additionally, the Village of Monroe Police Department website is now listing Alex Melchiore as their Chief.

When asked for comment, Mayor McFadden stated via email “We are aware that the Chief is working for the Village of Monroe.  The Board recognizes the potential issues of working two full-time positions and is closely monitoring and reviewing the situation.”

 

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Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department Packet

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Tuxedo Park Public Safety Day

Village of Tuxedo Park Community Members,

We look forward to welcoming our residents and visitors of all ages to honor the Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department, along with the Tuxedo Park Fire Department, and the Tuxedo Volunteer Ambulance Corps. There will be police as well as fire and EMS rescue vehicles and equipment plus staff and volunteers on-hand.

The event will take place Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the St. Mary's-In-Tuxedo Episcopal Church parking lot. 

The Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department has proudly served the residents of Tuxedo Park since 1886, as have the Tuxedo Park Fire Department since 1901, and the Ambulance Corps for more than 50 years. All these organizations strive to provide emergency services in partnership with the community to contribute to a safe environment with the highest quality of life for all of us. There will be limited beverages and light fare.

Mayor David McFadden

For questions pertaining to Public Safety Day please contact David McFadden at trusteedavid10987@gmail.com or (917) 576-2484.

Weather permitting.


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Thank You To The American Red Cross

March, 2017

For their assistance in supplying the Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department with a trailer containing cots, blankets, food prep, cook set up, First Aid Kit, etc. so we can better prepare our community for an emergency situation.

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Village Chief of Police Retires

February, 2016

Congratulations to Chief Ken Sanford on his retirement!  We thank you for your years of hard work and dedication to the Village and wish you the best of luck in all future endeavors.

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