About the Suffern Police Department
The Suffern Police Department, formed in
1896, began when Suffern had a population of 1,200 and the first police chief, William N. Smith , headed a department of 3
part time officers who patrolled the village on bicycle. Smith operated the department by telephone out of his home. The village's
first jail cell was attached to a lumberyard. Today, Suffern Police Dept. serves
a village of over 13,000, includes 29 full-time police officers and detectives, 9 civilian personnel and 5 part time police
officers. The Department maintains a Dare Unit, K-9 unit, PAL and Community officers.
The police department is located
on the ground floor of the Suffern Municipal Building at 61 Washington Avenue in Suffern, New York. In addition to its patrol
function, the Suffern Police Department includes a detective bureau, K-9 Unit, a crime prevention program, officers trained
in commercial motor vehicle enforcement, an Adopt-A-Cop officer, and a very active community policing program. Part of that
program is the D.A.R.E. Program, which sponsors a street hockey league, dances, various trips for students, as well as the
in-school curriculum taught by police officers.
In a continued effort to provide
the best police service to our community, the Suffern Police Department has equipped patrol vehicles with Automated External
Defibrillators (AED's). The AED's allow a patrol officer to rapidly provide needed care to a cardiac victim. The AED's were
purchased with grant money obtained through New York State Senator Thomas Morahan.
As of September of 2002, the Suffern Police
Department's patrol vehicles are also equipped with mobile audio/video systems that allow officers to record police activities.
The Suffern Police Department also received grant money through Senator Morahan to fund the purchase of this equipment.