Jerome C. Uschold III

Chief of Police

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James P. Stauffiger

Assistant Chief of Police

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Sabina Missana

Administrative Aide

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The Police Department is responsible for anticipating and responding to events that threaten public order and the protection of life and property. It is essential that all members remember that, in the execution of their duties, they act not for themselves but for the good of the public. They shall respect and protect the rights of individuals and perform their services with honesty, courage, discretion, and sound judgment.

 

NON-EMERGENCY COMPLAINTS
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Emergency Dial 911

TOWN COURT
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716-879-6606

Emergency Services FAQ's

Domestic pets may not be allowed at emergency shelters for health reasons. It is important to include your pet in you emergency plan since they depend on you to keep them safe. Identifying locations for you and your pet to go before an emergency happens is important. You can identify friends or family, hotels that accept pets, or contact your local pet shelter to see if they will accept pets in the event of an emergency. Find more information on preparing your pet for an emergency at: https://www.ready.gov/animals

If the power is out, you should listen to a battery powered or crank radio for shelter locations for you and your family to relocate. Also listen for evacuation routs specified by local authorities. Shelters will depend upon the location of the emergency. When evacuating, make sure you wear protective clothing, sturdy shoes and have your disaster supply kit. https://www.ready.gov/shelter https://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family

It is important to remember that not all emergencies or disasters are going to have the same effects or happen at the most convenient times. Therefore, having a plan can help safeguard you and your family. Town of Tonawanda residents need to prepare now for emergencies and disasters. Having a plan in place will reduce the amount of loss for both property and life. You should meet with all members of your household to discuss your plan. Talk with children about the different hazards and what to do if something should happen. Prepare a disaster supply kit and make sure it is adjusted to the number of people in your household. Also, make sure to include your pets when preparing for an emergency. There are simple, low-cost steps families can take to be ready. Please visit the following link for more information about preparing for an emergency: https://www.ready.gov/

You should have enough supplies in your disaster kit to ensure each member of your family can be self-sufficient for at least 3 days. Some things to include are:

  • water (1 gallon per day per person)
  • food (nonperishable and easy to prepare)
  • can opener
  • first-aid kit
  • flashlights
  • extra batteries
  • medicines and medical items
  • a multipurpose tool to turn off utilities
  • sanitation and hygiene items
  • copies of personal documents
  • blankets/sleeping bags
  • extra cash, credit card, and/or cashier’s check
  • list of important numbers
  • a whistle to signal for help
  • dust masks
  • local maps
  • battery-powered or hand crank radio

You can find out more through FEMAs Ready Campaign at: https://www.ready.gov/

If the authorities advise you to Shelter-In-Place, you are to remain in your home or office (wherever you are at the time of the emergency) and protect yourself there. If there is a threat of contaminated outside air be sure to seal doors, windows and vents. Turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning units. Go to an interior room with few windows if possible. Be sure to take your emergency supply kit with you, unless you believe it has been contaminated. Listen or watch local radio and television stations to stay updated on the latest information.  Shelter-In-Place https://www.ready.gov/shelter

The Town of Tonawanda's Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, program is based on the American tradition of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Prepare for Emergencies.” CERT training prepares citizens and communities to take a more active role in the county’s emergency preparedness and response efforts.  You can use your training to join a team or better prepare yourself. CERT

Police Department Units

Captain Daniel Murphy

First Platoon Captain 

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Captain Francis McNamara

Second Platoon Captain 

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Captain Jesse Haug

Third Platoon Captain 

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Office Hours - 24 hrs/day, 7 days a week

 
 
Platoons
The town's Patrol Division is composed of three platoons. Each platoon is staffed with a captain, three lieutenants, and approximately 20 patrol officers. You may direct any questions about Patrol Division activities to the patrol duty captain 24 hours a day at (716) 879-6610, or send an email to the platoon commanders listed: 
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Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the Patrol Division are preservation of the rights of citizens, prevention of crime and the protection of persons and property. Each year, the Patrol Division responds to approximately 42,000 calls for service, 6,000 of which involve some type of crime. In addition, patrol issued 18,048 traffic summons. 

Supplementing the normal patrol activities, specially trained officers may be assigned to enforcing commercial truck laws, radar details or plain-clothes assignments. Officers are very active monitoring underage alcohol and tobacco sales, and, when necessary, enforcing state laws that regulate sales. Officers very often will attend community group meetings or may be assigned to one of the satellite offices located in Parkside Village Courts or Lincoln Park.

 

Captain Jonathon Scott

C.I.B Commander

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Joseph Fennell

Detective Lieutenant 

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Timothy Hark

Detective Lieutenant

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Responsibilities 
The Criminal Investigation Bureau is responsible for:
  • Investigating reports of crimes
  • Conducting arson investigations
  • Gathering evidence of all types
  • Interviewing and taking statements from victims, witnesses and defendants for the purpose of successfully apprehending and prosecuting the perpetrators of said crimes
  • Providing technical services and intelligence to the Patrol Bureau
  • Conducting internal investigations as directed by the Chief of Police, the Division Commanders or the Captain of Detectives

Detectives in certain areas such as vice, gambling, narcotics and organized crime, will conduct investigations and do surveillance as directed, for the purpose of uncovering, prosecuting and preventing unreported crimes.

The Criminal Investigation Unit is also includes the Family Offense Unit, Juvenile Bureau, Special Investigations Unit and the Forensic Unit.

Fingerprints
Fingerprints are taken by the department Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

The fee for fingerprint cards is $10 per card for Tonawanda residents and $50 per card for non-residents. You must bring the exact change, no personal checks are accepted. You must also have proper identification.

Applications
Warrant applications are available every day except holidays from 8:30 am to 9:30 am and 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Pistol permit applications are available by contacting the Erie County Pistol Permit Bureau at (716) 858-6600.

Captain Timothy Waring

Bureau Commander 

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James Kerr

Assistant Communications Supervisor 

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Responsibilities 
Public Safety Dispatchers perform communications duties for the Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) coordination of the Town of Tonawanda. The center is also responsible for dispatching EMS in the Village of Kenmore. They answer citizen calls for service, both emergency and non-emergency; dispatching police officers, firefighters and equipment to handle any type of situation. Communications Center personnel provide the vital first-link between citizens and the Town's resources. Their performance directly contributes to the safety and well-being of the Department's officers and the Town's residents.

Staff
The Communications Bureau has 18 full-time employees and 5 part-time employees.

Organization
The Town of Tonawanda Communications center handles incoming calls for service in a two-step method. The calls are received by complaint dispatchers, who screen the call and either, refer the caller to the appropriate radio operator, or take information for referral to the front desk officer. Incident information is entered into the Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) computer, which records all incident information and tracks the status of all officers and units in the field.

Communications center personnel also maintain various files of information in the communications center, including lists of stores owners, alarms and wanted vehicles to name a few.

The Communications Center is staffed by 18 Full Time Public Safety Dispatchers (PSD's) 3 of which are (Lead) Senior Public Safety Dispatchers. The communications center also has 5 Part Time PSD’s that answer calls exclusively.

The communications center can be a busy, noisy, high paced place to work, and dispatchers must often devote total concentration to the radio for long periods. This profession involves an individual's ability to multi-task regularly.

Supervision
The communications center is managed by the Records Commander. Direct supervision is performed by a Senior Public Safety Dispatcher or Acting Senior Public Safety Dispatcher on all shifts.
 
Philosophy
The communications center provides dispatching services for both the police and fire departments; including Emergency Medical Dispatching for the residents of the Town and Village of Kenmore. Many aspects of dispatching are similar for both departments. However, each department has its own special needs as dictated by the type of calls they handle and their established procedures.
 
Hiring
Becoming a Full-Time dispatcher in the Town of Tonawanda is competitive through Erie County Civil Service; an exam must be taken along with a requirement of 60 credit hours of college education. This education can be of any curriculum. If you are interested in a full-time dispatcher career, please go to the following Erie County website http://www2.erie.gov/employment/index.php?q=exams%2Fpublic-safety-dispatcher# for the current exam offering. The exams are valid for an average of 4 years (or as necessary) so don’t miss out on a great career opportunity.

Becoming a Part-Time Dispatcher:  
An individual must be a Town or Village resident, and have at least 60 credit hours.  Dispatcher and or Fire Experience is a plus but not required. No exam needed. 

Applications can be obtained through the Town Of Tonawanda Personnel office located at 291 Ensminger Road, Suite 2 Tonawanda, NY 14150. We are always accepting applications, although they must be completed in person at the personnel office. 

Rachelle Uschold

Emergency Services Coordinator 

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Office Hours

Wednesday - Friday
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Responsibilities
The Town of Tonawanda Police Department’s Homeland Security and Emergency Services Bureau mission is to assure the safety and health of the employees and residents of the Town of Tonawanda through planning, training, outreach, education and establishing public – private partnerships with both the business sector as well as community organizations.

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department’s Homeland Security and Emergency Services Bureau was created in 2002. The main responsibility of our office is to conduct a hazard analysis of the Town and then develop a plan identifying resources in order to address any hazard or emergency which might occur.  

The Bureau works very closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Erie County Department of Emergency Services and the United States Coast Guard.

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness can only be achieved through the active involvement of all citizens in the community.  The Bureau maintains numerous programs to educate and promote citizen involvement in our community.

Special Needs Registry Form

Everybody Has Needs - Do the Right People Know What Yours Are? 

If you or someone in your household has a disability or a special medical need, the people whose job it is to respond when you call for help in an emergency need to know. Whether it affects your entire community, your street or just your home, seconds can make a life-or-death difference. Having specific details about your special situation will significantly help us help you.

Please fill out the online form to provide the Police Department with your Emergency Notification Information in the event of an emergency at your business during unoccupied hours.

Captain Timothy Waring

Bureau Commander 

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Barbara Henry

Records Review 

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Office Hours 

Monday - Friday
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Responsibilities
The Records Bureau is a multifaceted support bureau of the Police Department. If it's on paper, the Records Bureau touches it. 

Records Bureau personnel are responsible for the data entry of incident reports, arrest records, court dispositions, traffic summonses, appearance tickets, criminal summonses, warrants, orders of protection and handicap parking permits. This data is entered into either an in-house computer system or a countywide central police services system. 

Other Records Bureau duties include general typing, general filing, filling out requests for criminal arrest checks, and releasing police reports per F.O.I.L request.

Lieutenant Nicholas Bado

Bureau Head 

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Responsibilities
 
The Service Bureau is a multifaceted support bureau of the Police Department. They are responsible for:
  • Maintaining accident, commercial vehicle enforcement, DWI, recovered property and Service Bureau personnel records
  • Maintaining traffic files on all town streets
  • Coordinating accident investigations, commercial vehicle enforcement and DWI roadblocks
  • Investigating and/or referring traffic complaints to the proper agency and taking appropriate corrective action
  • Purchasing and maintaining patrol equipment, i.e., vehicles, radars, scales, breathalyzers, radios and lights, alco-sensors, tint meters, flares, accident investigation equipment and the like 
  • Training, assigning and equipping crossing guards
  • Training, assigning and equipping police matrons
  • Serving as liaison to various other traffic safety agencies and committees
  • Conducting annual auction of unclaimed recovered property

Fees
  • Motor vehicle accident reports: $0.25
  • Accident investigations: $5
  • Accident sketches: $15
  • Accident photos: $20
  • B.A.C. statements for DWI school: $3

Captain David Baumgartner

Training Bureau Commander 

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Lieutenant Michael Milbrand

Weapons Qualifications

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Responsibilities
The Training Bureau is responsible for creating and implementing in-service training programs for departmental personnel on various topics, which include: 

  • Firearms
  • Domestic violence
  • Ethics
  • Use of force
The Training Bureau also handles coordination of the field training program for new recruits and implementation of the Citizen's Police Academy.
 
 
Firing Range
 
The Town of Tonawanda Police Department requires each of its officers to qualify on their assigned weapons numerous times throughout the year. These qualifications are conducted with their handguns each month, excluding June, July and August, with their handgun. 

Each officer has an issued 40 Cal. Glock pistol and needs to achieve a minimum qualifying score of 70% on each course using that weapon. A vast majority of our officers achieve the "Expert" classification by shooting an average score above 90%. That classification is much like a school honor roll. For the remaining three months, each officer will qualify on the departmental Remington 870 shotguns as well as patrol rifles. 

Training
We are able to train our officers with state-of-the-art equipment such as a video projection shooting screen system and computer-generated "shoot, don't shoot" situations. The range facility at police headquarters offers a five position, 75-foot indoor range, in addition to a classroom and several training displays. The department also has an outdoor shotgun and rifle range on Firetower Road. 

Captain Joseph Carosi

Bureau Head 

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Responsibilities
The primary responsibility of the Planning Bureau is the total fiscal management of the Police Department and ancillary bureaus under the command of the chief of police. 

Duties include: 

  • Drafting of the annual line and capital improvements project budget
  • coordinating purchasing procedures and payments to all outside vendors
  • Preparing and maintaining the payroll and related records for all department employees

The Planning Bureau provides general supervision for:

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department conducts an Citizen Police Academy every January.  Links to printable applications are available below. NOTE: To be eligible for the Advanced Class you must have completed the Basic Class.   Some of the highlights of the Advanced Class include a K-9 demonstration, firearms training, Crime Scene Processing with practical exercises in photography, latent fingerprint development and evidence collection.

The class structure alternates every year starting in January. This year 2016, we are instructing the ADVANCED class. January of 2017 (odd years) will be for those interested in the BASIC academy.

Click here for preregistering the BASIC class for Calendar year 2017

 

CPA CLASS email 

Citizen Police Academy - On the Shooting Range

The Sex Offender Registration Act requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to maintain a Sex Offender Registry. Sex offenders are classified according to their risk of re-offending: low-risk (Level 1), moderate risk (Level 2) and high-risk (Level 3). The Act requires that DCJS also maintain a public Sub-directory on the internet which only includes Level 2 and 3 offenders. 

DCJS attempts to ensure that the information in the Sub-directory is accurate and complete. However, the information on the Sub-directory is reported to DCJS by other sources. As a result, DCJS makes no express or implied guarantee concerning the accuracy or completeness of this data.

The information in this Sub-directory must be used responsibly. Anyone who uses this information to harass or commit a criminal act against any person may be subject to criminal prosecution.

You may search the public Sub-directory website here. (opens in a new window)

IF YOU ARE A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER AND HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTERING IN OUR TOWN, YOU MUST CONTACT - Detective Eric Schmidt at 716-879-6627.

tankThe Town of Tonawanda Police Canine (K9) Unit was reformed in 2009 and currently consists of one Police Service Dog (PSD).

Currently our patrol dog is a German Shepherd. The breed is chosen for their physical ability, strength and intelligence. A strong temperament is very important as these dogs are expected to perform in stressful situations.

Police Service Dogs have many responsibilities. Their expertise includes tracking, agility, article search, building search, open search, chase and apprehension, and handler protection. Our Police Service Dog also assists at every tactical call. They are utilized to provide containment and to assist our SWAT Team. Our handler is on call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. All handlers must complete an extensive fifteen week course where the handler and dog learn as a team. All our training and certification is handled by Niagara Regional Police in Ontario, Canada.

Most of Police Service Dogs are imported from Eastern European countries such as Belgium, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, and Slovakia . We are very grateful for private donations from the community which have assisted with the purchase of dogs. A quality source is imperative as these animals have a huge responsibility to keep our members and the public safe.

These are highly-trained and assertive animals, however, they are able to interact with the public. The Canine Unit is responsible for numerous public demonstrations each year. The team attends public functions and school presentations.

These demonstrations allow us to showcase the abilities of our canine partners and inform the public of their importance.

 
Deployment

Currently, the unit consists of one team which serves the Town of Tonawanda.  We are also requested to assist with surrounding jurisdictions, as well as Federal Agencies. Our primary purpose is to respond to crimes in progress that may be solved with the assistance of the PSD. Examples are (but not restricted to) include purse snatching, robbery, break and enter or a prowler. We respond to all tactical calls in conjunction with the SWAT Team. Also, we assist uniform officers with non-emergency calls for service to ensure quicker response times.

The K9 handlers take their dogs home at the end of their shift and are responsible for them at all times. They are housed in kennels that are provided by the service. The dogs remain as part of the K9 unit as long as they are physically able to perform their duties. The average years of service for a PSD is five, but can extend up to ten years. Upon retirement, PSDs remain with their handler for the remainder of their life.

The K9 teams are deployed in specially outfitted cruiser.  The rear seat has a professionally designed metal canine kennel.  This provides a clean, safe and protected environment for the dogs. Affixed to the kennel system is a "Hot dog/bailout" system.  This permits an instant exit and an immediate response of his canine partner.

The primary purpose for the deployment of PSDs is a safe, effective and efficient search tool.  Their sense of smell is far superior to a human, which makes them a valuable asset.  Police Service Dogs have helped to solve many offences where the perpetrator would never have been captured or identified. These dogs are invaluable in searching for missing persons, patients that have wandered away from a nursing home or other health facility. Without the ability to re-trace their steps, they might never have been found.

These animals are truly a resource that cannot be understated.

 
Training

Our team must successfully complete a fifteen week course prior to certification. It is instructed by Sergeant Johnstone of The Niagara Regional Police Service and includes all facets required for graduation of a General Patrol Dog.

The course begins with confidence building, general socialization, and obedience. During this time, the team develops a foundation as it learns together. Each task is introduced separately to the dog. They are introduced to the next step on successfully completing the first task. This builds a strong base and allows the dog to progress at a steady pace.

This course is physically and mentally challenging. It places many demands on the canine team. Sergeant Johnstone must ensure that the team can meet all the expected requirements in stressful situations. These dogs have a huge responsibility to keep our members and the public safe.

On completion, the canine team is ready for general patrol. Canine teams must recertify twice a year. There is a spring and fall refresher course where teams are tested on all tasks. Each team must attend two training days per month. Weekly training with various police services allows different teams to share valuable information and new training ideas. It is a constant flow of information and a great resource.

Trianing Components

  • Obedience
  • Agility
  • Tracking
  • Article Search
  • Standoff
  • Open Search
  • Building Search
  • Chase and Apprehension
  • Handler Protection
  • Narcotics Detection

The purpose of this form is for businesses within the TOWN OF TONAWANDA to enter their information in case of after hours EMERGENCIES. This information is kept confidential in the DISPATCH CENTER and is used for EMERGENCY SITUATIONS ONLY. The information may save in costs whereas a key-holder can respond instead of damage to structure of having to force entry, an alarm ringing or a door unintentionally being left open. This is only a few of the possible scenarios in which this information would be in your best interest. You can update this at anytime.

BUSINESS SURVEY SUBMIT

U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), administers a Victim Notification Program. This program allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody.  Victims and witnesses are required to register with HSI in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release.

Listed below is a universal resource locator for the HSI Victim Notification Program. A victim or witness can simply click on the hyperlink and be transferred to a number of valuable victim services programs provided by ICE. 

https://www.ice.gov/victim-notification

Don't Be Victimized with Phone Scams, Be Aware
Listed in this section are important websites to the Government agencies that are being fraudulently represented in collecting a debt from you. These agencies do not call people to collect debts. Please refer to these important links for information to be informed of their tactics to get your information. If you did give any information to a suspected fraudulent caller, you can contact your local police department. If you did not give any information, the sites have instructions for you to report the incident to them.

New York State Tax

Better Business Bureau

United States IRS   (This link also contains videos for awareness)

IRS Impersonating Scam Form

Federal Trade Commission