Traffic Advisory for Monday, May 29th

Release Time: 5/25/2018 @ 3:00 PM

Traffic Advisory for Monday, May 28th @ 1:15 PM

The North Greenbush Police Department would like to advise motorists of traffic modifications that will be in place for the town’s annual Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at North Greenbush Town Hall Complex (Main Avenue), proceed east on Main Avenue, west on State Route 150 to Marion Avenue, Marion Ave. to Brookside Ave, to Main Ave and finishing at North Greenbush Town Complex.

Be advised that portions of State Route 66 (Main Avenue), State Route 150 to the Car Wash, Marion Avenue and Brookside Avenue will be detoured. Portions of Douglas St, Dodge St, Ashcroft St, Bellemead St, Orchard Terrace and Lenox St will be closed at the beginning of the parade.

The road closures and detours will start at 1:15 PM and last until approximately 2:30 PM. Several town side streets will also be affected during the parade procession.

Motorists are asked to be alert and follow the detour routes that will be in place.

Authority: Chief David Keevern
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ATTENTION:

05/24/2018

The North Greenbush Police Department is currently experiencing technical difficulties with our seven digit phone lines receiving mobile phone calls. Vendors are currently in the process of identifying and remedying the issue. As you know, in the event of an emergency DIAL 911.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
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2 weeks ago

Town of North Greenbush Police Department

Press Release – Classie Lassies
Release Time: 05/15/2018 @3:00 PM

On Friday March 11, 2018 the North Greenbush Police Department was visited by the WILIDFIRE Classie Lassies Softball Team. The team hosted a pizza party at the Police Station for the on duty officers. The team also provided a Survival Kit for every officer and dispatcher in the agency which included all kinds of goodies that will help officers get through a difficult shift. Lt. Croll, Sgt. Deeb, Officer Larrabee, Officer Walsh and Officer Merola enjoyed the pizza and time to meet with the team and their parents.

Authority: Chief David Keevern
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4 weeks ago

Town of North Greenbush Police Department

Chief Keevern was honored and excited to attend the grand opening of Michael's Arts and Crafts store in the Van Rensselaer Square of North Greenbush this morning! The team there was so friendly and nice to work with. Thank you all for the invitation and the basket. Welcome to the neighborhood! ...

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Lateral Transfer Opportunity – Police Officer
April 2018

The Town of North Greenbush Police Department is actively seeking a lateral transfer applicant for the position of Full Time Police Officer. Candidates must have current BMP Police Officer certification, have been appointed to a Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff position from a competitive civil service exam list, and have satisfactorily completed a probationary period. One position is currently available due to a recent retirement.

The North Greenbush Police Department is an accredited, proactive and progressive agency focused on providing professional law enforcement services through community service. NGPD currently utilizes Tracs, SJS reporting software & the BEAST evidence management software, all patrol cars are equipped with in-car computers. The department deploys LPR units, TASERs and patrol rifles. The Benefits and starting salary for lateral transfers is competitive to other Capital District law enforcement agencies.

Interested applicants should contact Chief David M. Keevern at (518) 283-6006 for more information. Resumes can be sent via e-mail to dkeevern@northgreenbushpolice.org or mailed to:

North Greenbush Police Department
Attn: Chief David Keevern
133 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180
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3 months ago

Town of North Greenbush Police Department

To the Residents & Community of North Greenbush:

The retirement of Chief Robert Durivage occurred on February 9, 2018 after nearly 29 years of service with the North Greenbush Police Department. I would like to thank Chief Durivage for his dedicated years of faithful service to the residents of the Town of North Greenbush.

Authority:
Chief David M. Keevern
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Press Release – Arrest made in Robbery cases

At 7:36 PM on February 16th 2018, Charlie P. Hardt was taken into custody with the assistance of Rensselaer Police Department and the United States Marshals Service after a two week search. Hardt is the suspect in two armed robberies in North Greenbush that occurred on February 3rd, 2018.

The first incident was an armed robbery at Don Cook Jewelry, 1 Agway Drive, where a weapon was displayed. During flight from that scene, Hardt committed a home invasion a short distance away, forcibly stealing a vehicle. A weapon was displayed in that incident, also. Hardt was identified as a suspect within hours but could not be immediately located. The 13 day search was a joint effort between the North Greenbush Police Department and New York State Parole.

Hardt was charged with:

2 counts of Robbery 1st Degree, class B Felonies
1 count of Burglary 1st Degree, a class B Felony
2 counts of Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, class D Felonies
2 counts of Menacing 2nd Degree, class A Misdemeanors
1 count of Petit Larceny, a class A Misdemeanor

Hardt was arraigned and remanded to Rensselaer County Jail.

Authority: Chief David M. Keevern
Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 8 90 (FOIL)
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4 months ago

Town of North Greenbush Police Department

Press Release

Wanted Armed Robbery & Home Invasion Suspect

The North Greenbush Police Department is investigating an Armed Robbery & Home Invasion that took place on Saturday, February 3rd at approximately 2:30 PM. The suspect known to police as Charlie P. Hardt, entered Don Cook Jewelry at 1 Agway Drive in North Greenbush and stole merchandise from the store. A weapon was displayed and no one was injured. The suspect fled on foot to then commit a Home Invasion on a nearby street, stealing a motor vehicle from the resident’s driveway as a getaway vehicle. The stolen vehicle was located in the city of Albany minutes later.

Charlie P. Hardt Description: White male, age 26, 5’11” tall, 170lbs, Hazel eyes, Blond/Brown Hair.

Hardt is wanted in connection with this armed robbery and home invasion and should be considered armed and dangerous. The New York State Police, Albany Police Department and New York State Parole are assisting North Greenbush Police in this investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the location of Hardt or that may have additional information are asked to contact the North Greenbush Police Department at (518) 283-5323.

Authority: Chief Robert J. Durivage

Reference: Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sec. 84-90 (FOIL)
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January 12, 2018

Dear Business Owner,

I am pleased to announce that the North Greenbush Police Department is now participating in the New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Counterterrorism’s Operation Safeguard program. The North Greenbush Police Department joins hundreds of local and county agencies contributing to this effort which will make New York State and our communities safer places to live and work.

We unfortunately live in a world where there are individuals who seek to disrupt our freedom and overall way of life through violence and terror. The tools these individuals use can be found in any community in America, even ours. Operation Safeguard was implemented in order to promote cooperation between law enforcement and private businesses to defend against this terror. Operation Safeguard seeks to accomplish two things:
1) Provide law enforcement with information regarding sensitive merchandise and equipment in a specific jurisdiction which could be used to facilitate or commit acts of terror; and 2) Educate business owners on what they can do to protect themselves, their businesses and their communities.

Over the next several months, North Greenbush Police officers will be visiting businesses throughout town that are known to either have dangerous materials for sale or to possess dangerous materials that they use in the normal course of business. The officers will be gathering information from the business owner or store manager which will be used to identify locations in town that possess these sensitive materials as well as the security features being used to protect those materials. This information will be confidentially stored and updated annually, at a minimum, by the police department.

The officers will also be providing information to the business owner or store manager on indicators they should be watching for in customers purchasing certain items which could help identify if someone plans to use the item for criminal purposes. Officers will also offer an assessment of the security features in use at the business which could be used to identify areas where security could be enhanced.

The purpose of this letter is to give you a brief overview of the program so you are aware of it when the officers visit you. There is nothing you need to do until then. If you have any questions regarding this program or what you can do to help, visit
www.dhses.ny.gov/oct/safeguardny or please feel free to reach out to my office. Together, with your vigilance and cooperation with this program we will ensure the success of the overall program and make our community a safer place.

Thank you,
Chief Robert J. Durivage
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North Greenbush Town Residents:

January 8, 2018

During the period between November 1st and May 1st of the following year, certain parking restriction are in place with regard to motor vehicles being left on Town roads. This is in Chapter 183 and Sections 175-18 of the North Greenbush Town Code.

1. Between 10:00pm and 7:00am every day, all town roadways must be kept clear of any motorized vehicles so that the highway department can safely and effectively clean the roadways when needed.

2. When weather conditions require the Superintendent of Highways to plow, sand or salt town roads, no person shall leave unattended parked vehicles on any Town highway in the Town of North Greenbush.

Section 1201.a of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law prohibits a motor vehicle that is left upon the paved or main-traveled part of the roadway anytime of the year.

During these instances, it is a priority of our department along with the Highway Department to ensure the safety of all vehicle operators, emergency services (police, fire & EMS), and pedestrians on Town roads.

Removal of any vehicles by the police department shall be done at the expense of the owner. Owners of vehicles that are in violation are also subject to being issued a parking ticket in accordance to the North Greenbush Town Code or a Uniform Traffic Ticket in accordance to the NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law.

Please make the effort to help us keep our roadways safe for everyone. Questions can be directed to the North Greenbush Police at 283-5323.

Sincerely,
Robert J. Durivage
Chief of Police
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January 5, 2018

To the Residents & Community of North Greenbush:

The North Greenbush Town Board made the appointment and promotion of Sergeant David M. Keevern as Chief of Police for the North Greenbush Police Department. This action was voted unanimously at a special Town Board meeting, Thursday, December 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

The appointment of Sgt. Keevern will take effect on February 9th, 2018 at 3:00 PM as I retire on this date with nearly 29 years of service to the North Greenbush Police.

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the citizens of North Greenbush, and the many employees who have traversed the ranks of the North Greenbush Police Department over the last 29 years. I have been so fortunate to have had an opportunity to serve the Town where I was born, and where I had a variety of roles, beginning in June 1989 as a Patrolman and culminating in my service as Chief of Police from 2013 until today. In my earlier days at North Greenbush, I also worked as a Code Enforcement officer before beginning my career at the police department.

When I reflect and look back on the last 29 years, many moments and memories come to mind. I picture events that will forever be emblematic of the tragedy, importance, and occasional humor of our work policing North Greenbush. Among the most rewarding experiences were the opportunities to: train & work with police officers and staff; achieve Accreditation status; develop programs, initiatives, and strategies to move the Department and Town forward; provide some degree of comfort to victims, survivors, and family members affected by tragedy, crime, and violence; and engage many members of our community in our efforts to make North Greenbush a safe community to live in.

To my colleagues at the police department, those who do the increasingly challenging work of policing that is so essential and so often misunderstood and underappreciated - and the family and friends who support them each day – you will always have my steady support, gratitude, and admiration. Most of all, I would like to commend the men and women of the North Greenbush Police Department for their professionalism and unwavering dedication to duty. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with you in protecting the citizens of North Greenbush.

The promotion of a new police chief provides a unique opportunity for the department to revisit and improve upon the department's crime reduction strategies and community policing philosophy. A change in leadership will stimulate a renewed energy and leads to the implementation of new ideas. This is vital if the police department is going to be well positioned to meet the ever-increasing public safety challenges. I am confident that my colleagues and successor at the Police Department are ready to continue the Department’s important work for the community. Over the next five weeks, I’ll be able to work with Sgt. Keevern as the department transitions to a new chief of police. I congratulate Dave on this promotion and look forward to my successor taking over the department.

Finally, I would also like to extend my sincerest thanks to the community of North Greenbush. The support that I have received as a member of the North Greenbush Police Department will be forever embedded in my mind and never forgotten. It is comforting for me to know that as I depart from my role as police chief, the community is being left with a police department that is well equipped, trained, and committed to serving the needs of North Greenbush. I am proud to call North Greenbush my home and thankful for being given the opportunity to serve this fine town.

Sincerely,
Robert J. Durivage
Chief of Police
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LETTER OF COMMENDATION

January 5, 2018
Officer Jeffrey Stehr #6
North Greenbush Police Department
133 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180

Dear Officer Stehr,

I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your efforts and professionalism that was provided on December 26, 2017 while at a cardiac arrest EMS call at Cumberland Farms.

On this day at 10:16 AM we received an EMS call for a 56 year old male in cardiac arrest at the Cumberland Farms. You arrived on scene at 10:19 AM at which time CPR was being performed by a store clerk. You acted quickly and secured the scene by ordering all customers out of the store and advised the clerk to continue CPR. A bystander who was a cardiologist offered assistance and you took charge of the scene by providing direction to the assisting parties. You then applied an AED to the victim and was able to provide two successful shocks to the victim. A short time later, North Greenbush Ambulance arrived on scene and took over CPR utilizing a LUCAS device while you continued “rescue breathing.” with a bag valve mask. NGAA medics then transported the victim to Albany Medical Center.

Later that day we received notification that the victim had a pulse, was conscious and talking to medical providers at Albany Medical Center. The victim is expected to make a full recovery.

The dedication to the victims and to our residents, demonstrates your commitment to the North Greenbush Police Department mission statement which in part reads:

"It is essential 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, zeal, courage, discretion, fidelity, and sound judgment.

Police officers must seek and preserve public confidence by demonstrating impartial service to law, and by offering service and trust to all members of the public."

“I know Officer Stehr will say it was all “part of the job” but I truly believe he should be commended for his quick response as his actions certainly helped save this man’s life”, said Sgt. Josiah Deeb.

I want to congratulate you on exceptional law enforcement services displayed at this incident and thank you for a job well done!

Robert J. Durivage
Chief of Police
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LETTER OF COMMENDATION

January 5, 2018
Officer John Larrabee #40
Officer John Hudson #44
North Greenbush Police Department
133 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180

Dear Ofc. Larrabee & Ofc. Hudson,

I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your efforts and professionalism that was provided on October 22, 2017 while investigating a suicidal incident on Streamview Lane.

On that day, you responded to a residence where you found a subject that was despondent and intoxicated. Through the course of your investigation you recovered several suicide notes and observed evidence that led you to believe that she intended to carry out the threats that evening. Within minutes, your investigation determined that the subject was very much a threat to herself and could be subject to an involuntary mental health arrest. While the subject refused to be transported voluntarily, instead of using force to restrain her, you both continued to talk with her until such time she agreed to go. For over an hour, both of you demonstrated great patience and compassion with the subject, never becoming discouraged. By communicating and building a rapport with her, you avoided using physical force.

Your dedication and actions demonstrates your commitment to the North Greenbush Police Department mission statement which in part reads:

"It is essential 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, zeal, courage, discretion, fidelity, and sound judgment.

Police officers must seek and preserve public confidence by demonstrating impartial service to law, and by offering service and trust to all members of the public."

A Letter of Commendation is given to an individual for the performance of an act that brings credit upon him or her and the entire Department. Sgt. David Keevern reviewed your actions and had this to say about your handling of this incident. “The level of care and understanding they exhibited in this incident was exactly the type of service this agency prides itself on. The officers did an outstanding job in handling this incident. For that reason, I am requesting that each officer be acknowledged by a letter of commendation.”

I want to congratulate you on exceptional law enforcement services displayed at this incident and thank you for a job well done!

Robert J. Durivage
Chief of Police
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LETTER OF APPRECIATION

November 2, 2017
Officer John Larrabee #40
North Greenbush Police Department
133 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180

Dear Officer Larrabee,

I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your efforts and professionalism that was provided on October 10, 2017 while assisting Mrs. Ward on Route 4.

On that day, you responded to a call in which it was reported that there was a small white sedan with flashers on, pulled off to the shoulder of the road. Upon your arrival, you found that Mrs. Ward had ran out of gas. You proceeded to Heim’s where you acquired a can of gas and returned with it to put in her tank. You also continued to help her by escorting her to Stewarts where you pumped $20.00 of gas into her vehicle, which you paid for.

You clearly went beyond what would be expected, in that you purchased gas for this person. Your dedication and actions demonstrates your commitment to the North Greenbush Police Department mission statement which in part reads:

"It is essential 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, zeal, courage, discretion, fidelity, and sound judgment.

Police officers must seek and preserve public confidence by demonstrating impartial service to law, and by offering service and trust to all members of the public."

A Letter of Appreciation is given to an individual for the performance of an act that brings credit upon him or her and the entire Department.

I want to congratulate you on exceptional law enforcement services displayed at this incident and thank you for a job well done!

Robert J. Durivage
Chief of Police
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Community News – Donation from Turning Pointe Dance Center

On 12-15-2017 the Turning Pointe Dance Center dancers were honored to partner with North Greenbush Police to assist our officers as we serve and help people in need every day. The
team collected supplies and spent time during their holiday party putting together Blessing Bags that contain basic necessities and encouraging notes from the dancers. North Greenbush
Police Officers will give out the blessing bags to those in need.

Turning Pointe is located in Latham NY, and has been providing recreational and competition classes for nine years now, and has always looked for new ways to help out in the community. For the past four years, Turning Pointe has participated in raising money and walking in the Walk for Wishes for Make a Wish, raising over $12,000. Additionally, each year they host a charity show at which they pick a charity to raise money for at the
show. Last year, they raised over $3000.00 for the Green Dragoman Foundation, an organization to help children battling cancer. Having so much fun with all of these activities, the Team continues to look for more ways to assist the community.

Instead of doing a Secret Santa this year at their holiday party they decided to make the Blessing Bags. The team felt they have been so blessed with everything they have been given, they wanted to figure out a way to give back. They had so much fun creating the bags and hope that they can make at least a few people’s day a little brighter!
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Updated Press Release – Missing Person Located

Release Time: 12/17/2017 @ 6:30 PM

This is a follow up to an earlier press release of a missing person Susan M Cramer-Machia whom was located safely:

On 12/17/2017 at approximately 5:50 PM, Susan M. Cramer-Machia was located by members of the North Greenbush Police Department and the New York State Police BCI Unit from Schodack, NY. Mrs. Machia was located in a ravine across from the Sunoco Gas Station on State Route 4 in North Greenbush.

“At the time she was located by North Greenbush Officer John Hudson and NYSP Sr. Investigator Eric Cullum, she was barely conscious. At least 9 police officers, combined from North Greenbush Police and the New York State Police BCI removed her approximately 30 feet from the bottom of the ravine up to the street for the Fire and Ambulance crews.

I call it perseverance by law enforcement. Cross your “T”s and dot your “I”s and then go back and do it again. Because that’s what we did in this investigation. Earlier in the day, we searched areas with search dogs and also had a New York State Police aviation helicopter deployed but did not locate Mrs. Machia. Our investigative team then decided to expand the search and started checking other possible paths that Mrs. Machia could have taken and we knew that time was of the essence and we weren’t going to wait for daylight. North Greenbush ambulance transported her to Albany Medical Center and she is being treated at this time for severe hypothermia, said Chief Robert Durivage.

Authority: Chief Robert J. Durivage
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5 months ago

Town of North Greenbush Police Department

On Thursday, December 7th, 2017 the North Greenbush Police Department was invited to the St. Jude’s School in Wynantskill to meet with the Pre K Class. The students in the class presented to the Officers a pudding cake that they had made. Officers enjoyed speaking with the students and enjoying the sweet treat. ...

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5 months ago

Town of North Greenbush Police Department

Press Release

On December 7th, 2017 the North Greenbush Police Department was awarded reaccreditation status at a meeting of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Law Enforcement Accreditation Council. The North Greenbush Police Department has been an accredited Police agency since 2007 and this was the agencies second reaccreditation.
“Achieving our second reaccreditation is a testament to the hard work of the members of the North Greenbush Police Department. It is highly complementary to be recognized for our accomplishments as a professional police organization,” said Chief Robert Durivage. “I congratulate all of my staff for this achievement and particularly Lt. Gregory Croll, Program Manager and Administrative Assistant Carrie Reo, assistant Program Manager. Lt. Croll and Mrs. Reo have worked tirelessly to achieve our goal with this 5-year reaccreditation of our agency. Additionally, being an Accredited Agency ensures that the North Greenbush Police Department is holding to the professional standards that our community is worthy of” stated Chief Robert Durivage.
Accreditation is a progressive and contemporary way of helping police agencies evaluate and improve their overall performance. It provides formal recognition that an organization meets or exceeds general expectations of quality in the field. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.
The New York State program became operational in 1989 and encompasses four principle goals:
1. To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies utilizing existing personnel, equipment and facilities to the extent possible;
2. To promote increased cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies and other agencies of the criminal justice services;
3. To ensure the appropriate training of law enforcement personnel; and
4. To promote public confidence in law enforcement agencies.
The Accreditation Program is comprised of a set of standards developed to further enhance the capabilities of an agency, and is divided into three categories. Standards in the Administrative section have provisions for such topics as agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices, and records management. Training standards encompass basic and in-service instruction, as well as training for supervisors and specialized or technical assignments. Operations standards deal with such critical and litigious topics as high-speed pursuits, roadblocks, patrol, and unusual occurrences.
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