|Police Department History|
The concept of a Stony Point Police Department was started shortly prior to 1967, when a group of Stony Point citizens approached the Town Board and requested that a full-time Police Force be established. Until then the Town’s police services were provided by Stony Point residents acting as Constables and the New York State Police from a barracks on 9W in Stony Point.
On October 25, 1967, Stephen G Scurti, a New York State Trooper working out of the Stony Point Barracks for the past four years, resigned his appointment to the New York State Police to assume the position of Stony Point’s 1st Chief of Police. Chief Scurti, the sole full-time Police Officer, worked out of one room located in the rear of the Town Hall on East Main Street. In 1968, the Police Department consisted of Chief Scurti and eleven (11) part-time Police Officers working from 8:00AM to 12 Midnight providing Patrol and emergency services. As the demand for services increased, the department grew.
In 1971, the Police department moved to 112 West Main Street with eight full-time Police Officers and a smaller part-time complement as well as several Crossing Guards.
June 1972: The Police Department went on a seven day, 24 hours-per-day, service schedule and by the end of 1972 the department had grown to 13 full-time Police Officers.
As the demand for services increased the need for some specialization became apparent. The Stony Point Detective Bureau was formed in July 1973, and through the remainder of the 1970’s the department continued to grow, providing quality law enforcement and emergency services to its residents. By 1979, the department consisted of 19 full-time Police Officers, a civilian clerk, Crossing Guards and several Auxiliary Police Officers.
In 1980, the Police Department moved to its present location at 79 Rte 210. The facility was constructed on land donated by Eleanor Allison, in memory of Calvin T Allison. The building is a modern facility constructed to serve the changing needs of today’s police services. In 1980 the Stony Point Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) was formed by the department and concerned citizens in an effort to provide activities and special services to the youth of our Community.
In August 1981, the Stony Point Youth Bureau was established. The Youth Bureau was perceived as a means of providing important services to youth in trouble and a conduit for referrals for troubled youth and youth with special needs.
In June 1984, the Stony Point K-9 was created. This specialized unit provided invaluable services to the Stony Point community as well as assisting other bordering authorities in many related emergencies.
In May of 1990 the Stony Point Police Department assigned a member to the Rockland County Narcotics Task Force. This unit is comprised of Police Officers from around the County of Rockland and focuses on narcotics investigations.
In October of 1992 the Stony Point Police Department celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with an open house and celebration that was attended by many Town residents, elected officials and fellow law enforcement officers. The authorized strength stood at twenty-seven full-time Police Officers, six part-time Police Officers, ten Auxiliary Police Officers and one full time and three part-time clerical staff. On April 30 th, 1994, Stephen G. Scurti, the first officer and only Chief of Police, retired after thirty-one years in law enforcement. Lieutenant David Jackson, a 22 year veteran of the department, was appointed Chief of Police.
In 1995 Chief Jackson begins the process of computerizing the police department operations.
On July 31 st, 1996 Chief David Jackson retires after 25 years of service to the Stony Point Police Department. Lieutenant William F. Franks, a 23 year veteran, was appointed Chief of Police.
In May of 1999 the department started the Stony Point Youth Court. The program operates under the direction of the Department Youth Officer, Detective Kevin O’Connor, with assistance from the Stony Point Justice Court. The program is intended as a learning and diversion program for Stony Point youth.
In June of 1999 the department formed a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. The unit is comprised of members of the uniform patrol who will receive specialized training with the assistance of the New York State Department of Transportation. The unit was formed to conduct safety inspections on the high volume of commercial vehicle traffic travelling through Town.
In November of 1999 the department began a renovation and upgrade project to its communication center. The project is financed with an $ 180,000.00 grant received from the State of New York. When complete the communications center will be outfitted with the most up to date electronics and be capable of running multiple operations simultaneously.
In March of 2001 the Department assigns its first member to the Rockland County Intelligence Center. This unit is comprised of Police Officers from departments within Rockland County and focuses on gathering and disseminating criminal information to law enforcement agencies.