Message from the Chief
Joseph A. Sinagra
Welcome to the beauty and color of the autumn season. I hope everyone had some time to relax and enjoy the summer. I truly hope each and every one of you had a restful Labor Day too.
The theme of this month’s Chief’s message is school safety, for both our students traveling to and from school in addition to time spent learning; a theme which corresponds to the opening of the new school year here in Saugerties for all our children and their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and extended relatives.
During the summer months, the Saugerties Police Department remained quite active collaborating with community leaders and members of our community in order to enhance school safety. School administrators received school safety training during the August School Resource Officer Training Day, and teachers will be receiving further information and training as the school year progresses.
The Saugerties Police spent the larger portion of summer educating both pedestrians and motorist in the cohabitation of our roadways, emphasizing the importance of each one’s responsibilities to the other. Many children walk and bicycle to school. It is imperative for their safety that they understand and obey traffic safety rules, especially how and where to properly cross the roadway. It is just as important for motorist to be vigilant and not distracted when driving, as this could result in a fatal outcome.
Looking toward reducing school violence, vigilance and speaking up, reporting suspicious circumstances is germane toward creating a safe academic environment.
Although our officers complete several emergency response practice-drills during the year, the importance of prevention and mitigation cannot be over emphasized. As community stakeholders, we all share an important role in order to remain informed and watchful. Unfortunately, many school violence studies have shown that specific planning and targeting of victims were known prior to the actual tragic events. Sadly, specific individuals remained apathetic and did not report their prior concerns to authorities. Therefore, please remember to take the time to report any threatening or concerning behavior to either school officials and/or police in order that the concerning behavior may be properly investigated.