Under a new shared services agreement, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety will handle communications and dispatch duties for the Tuckahoe Police Department between midnight and 7:40 a.m. daily at no charge to the village, County Executive Rob Astorino and County Legislator Sheila Marcotte announced today.
County officials said they started working on the agreement over the summer after receiving requests from Tuckahoe Police Chief John Costanzo and Mayor Steven Ecklond, who were seeking ways to reduce costs without impacting police patrols. The agreement will be signed soon and take effect Dec. 3, a county spokesman said.
“This agreement enables the Tuckahoe Police Department to keep the same number of patrol officers on the street during the midnight shift while reducing costs for its taxpayers,” Astorino said in a statement. “At the same time, there is no cost incurred by the county. This is another example of how the county works regularly with our municipalities to share services and save taxpayer dollars.”
Starting Dec. 3, all 911 calls or other phone calls from the public to the Tuckahoe Police Department during the midnight shift will be automatically forwarded to county police, which will dispatch Tuckahoe police officers as needed. This will eliminate the need for a desk officer in Tuckahoe. Anyone who goes to the village police department during those hours will be able to contact county police through a telephone mounted at the front door. A local police officer will be dispatched to return to headquarters.
The county executive said the county can provide the services to Tuckahoe at no charge because the volume of calls is small and can be handled by current personnel.
“In these times when we turn over every stone looking for efficiencies, the shared dispatch service provided by the county will continue to allow the Tuckahoe Police Department to maintain the high level of police services our residents have always enjoyed,” Marcotte said in a statement.
(Journal News file photo of Tuckahoe Police Department.)