POUGHKEEPSIE – Following two days
of meetings with Poughkeepsie officials and community stakeholders, Dutchess
County Executive Marcus Molinaro and County Legislature Chairman Robert
Rolison Wednesday announced the county’s concrete plans to assist
the city in its crime fighting efforts.
“Dutchess County wants to be an effective partner with the city,”
That includes targeted patrols of Poughkeepsie City Police and Dutchess
Sheriff’s deputies, assisting the city in the rapid filling of four
vacant police officer slots as well as a crime assistant, and repairing
city police vehicles.
The county will also expand its mobile crisis intervention team, the county
probation department will expand the monitoring of high-risk offenders,
and county agencies will step up bar checks.
Molinaro said the county will also step up promotion of the mental health
phone line and 911 line to report crime.
The partnership effort comes in the wake of several shootings in recent
weeks including two fatalities.