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News Release

February 25, 2011      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

County Personnel Kept Watch While City Mourned

Poughkeepsie… While hundreds of City of Poughkeepsie police, officials and city employees were in Carmel, NY to say their final goodbye to fallen City of Poughkeepsie Police Detective John Falcone at his funeral service yesterday, Dutchess County Deputy Sheriffs and 911 Public Safety Dispatchers stepped in to ensure essential operations continued seamlessly at home in the City of Poughkeepsie.

For a 32 hour period which began at midnight Thursday, February 24th through 8am this morning, a mutual aid plan was implemented to ensure the City of Poughkeepsie continued to have police and emergency services coverage using Dutchess County Deputy Sheriffs and 911 Public Safety Dispatchers.

“It is humbling to see the ways communities come together during times of grief,” said Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus.  “We were honored to offer our assistance to the City of Poughkeepsie and provide necessary services while City employees stopped to remember Detective John Falcone.”

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office provided police patrol coverage in the City of Poughkeepsie as well as coverage for any calls for service, while Dutchess County 911 Public Safety Dispatchers were assigned to cover City of Poughkeepsie’s 911 call center to ensure all police, fire and ambulance calls were handled professionally, without disruption.

Twelve 911 Public Safety dispatchers handled more than 100 calls for the City of Poughkeepsie during the 32 hour coverage period including police, fire and EMS calls.    The County and the City of Poughkeepsie have an ongoing relationship for 911 dispatching coordination, including the use of the same equipment, training programs and standards.   This allowed county Public Safety Dispatchers to seamlessly step in and provide coverage to the City.

The Sheriff’s Office had a total of 22 Deputy Sheriffs on duty, providing coverage for the City over four, eight hour shifts.  Activity level was mixed throughout the 32 hour period, with the 4pm to 12am shift being the busiest, including arrests for disorderly conduct and a foot pursuit that involved multiple officers.   Overall, the Sheriff’s Office handled 64 calls while covering the City of Poughkeepsie.

“There is still a job that needs to be done even in times of grief.  Our Deputy Sheriffs were honored to serve in the City of Poughkeepsie while our fellow officers mourned the loss of Det. John Falcone,” said Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson.   “This is what we do, we come together to get the job done even when we are grieving.”

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