Friday, January 11, 2019



New cops sworn in following Dutchess graduation

Officer Patrick Garvey will join the
Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office graduated 21 officers from their police academy on Thursday at Dutchess Community College. The new officers were sworn in by County Court Judge Ned McLoughlin as a theater full of family, friends and co-workers looked on.

The newly minted officers are from a number of departments in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Columbia counties. Two women and 19 men will be participating in what Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson described as "the best job in the world."

Opening the event, Anderson pointed out the somber reality of law enforcement with the announcement that two police officers had been shot on Thursday.  He did not indicate with what agencies the cops were assigned.  After getting that point across, the sheriff went on remind the new officers of the importance of spending time with their families.  It was part of his lecture on the "four things you can't recover," which consists of "The stone after it's thrown, the occasion after it's missed, the word after it's said and time after it's gone."  Through his lighthearted banter Anderson, in law enforcement for almost 50 years, told the new cops that they need to "earn respect...earn it!" as opposed to demanding it.

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department had three new officers graduate; Patrick Garvey, Jonathan Gouger and Kristen Norbom.  Gouger took the academy's award for 'academics' while Garvey received the honors of 'physical fitness' while also being named the academy's "'top cop."  Officer Norbom shared the academy's 'Esprit de Corps' award with Dutchess County Sheriff's Deputy Shane Murphy.

“The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is fortunate to have attracted these officers," said Police Chief Ron Spero. "It has become a challenge for law enforcement agencies across the country to recruit and retain qualified people with the right character traits to perform well in this profession. We believe these individuals possess those traits necessary to being a valued public servant.”  Spero's department will now have 81 sworn officers and two vacancies.

The City of Poughkeepsie PD had five officers graduate and Police Chief Tom Pape said "it will have a huge impact" that will pave the way for the seven or eight new hires that he plans to send to the next academy in April. 

"This will give us the ability to do those extra things that we've been unable to do; more foot patrols, more visibility on Main Street and more traffic enforcement, " said Pape.

Mayor Robert Rolison, a retired Town of Poughkeepsie detective. He stood on the very same stage 39 years ago when he graduated the academy and said that, with the help of the new retention plan "we're able to compensate our officers better than we had previously so we can keep them."

The Hyde Park Police Department had one new graduate, Jason Berkowitz, and according to Chief Robert Benson his department will now have 14 full-time officers including himself.  "He's going to fill a big void for us that was created when Officer Marabella left and went to Westchester."  Benson also noted that he has nine part-time officers on his staff. 

City of Beacon will have three new officers as of Thursday; Emily Akey, Aaron Reynolds, winner of the academy's 'firearms' award and Ryan Sambells. 

Akey knew emphatically why she wanted to become a cop.

“I come from a big family of law enforcement and they have always been so supportive about it and they are the type of people I want to model myself after. I knew this was the profession for me.”  

Akey, from Rockland County, called the City of Beacon a "great community" that she looks forward to helping.  

The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office put six new recruits through the academy, run by Detective Darren Cummings.  Ian Conner, Joseph Divitto, Ryan Duval, Michael Henry, Shane Murphy, the academy's 'esprit de corps' honoree and Jonathan Wolf-Davidson.  Detective Cummings called the new officers "the best of the best" and pointed out that this class was challenged to levels never before seen in the academy.  The detective, running his first academy, having taken over for Lieutenant Shawn Castano, said that this class received training and certifications on topics normally reserved for officers with five to10 years on the job, including advanced training in crime scene technology.

Here is a list of graduates:


  • Deputy Sheriff Ian Conner
  • Deputy Sheriff Joseph Divitto
  • Deputy Sheriff Ryan Duval
  • Deputy Sheriff Michael Henry
  • Deputy Sheriff Shane Murphy
  • Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Wolf-Davidson

City of Poughkeepsie:

  • Police Officer Patrick Harden
  • Police Officer Joseph Lucchesi
  • Police Officer Eric Marsh
  • Police Officer Michael McDonough-Ewald
  • Police Officer Shane Rightmeyer

Town of Poughkeepsie:

  • Police Officer Patrick Garvey
  • Police Officer Jonathan Gouger
  • Police Officer Kristen Norbom

City of Beacon:

  • Police Officer Emily Akey
  • Police Officer Aaron Reynolds
  • Police Officer Ryan Sambells

Town of Hyde Park:

  • Police Officer Jason Berkowitz

Town of Lloyd:

  • Police Officer Brandon Persell

Village of Goshen:

  • Police Officer Jacob Manna

Columbia County Sheriff's Office:

  • Deputy Sheriff Philipp Gomm

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