Welcome to this edition of the Chief’s Corner! Since our last edition we have had a lot going on here in the great Village of Suffern so let’s get right to it.
A few weeks ago we had a movie being filmed here in Suffern which had some pretty well known actors in it and I was fortunate enough, as were many, to have met Adam Sandler, who was one of the main characters on the set. We took the attached photo as Adam referred to as “Adam and the Chief!” as he laughed and went back to work. I almost busted out a couple of lines from “The Waterboy” but figured I spare him for the day!
We also just found out that for the second year in a row our village was ranked as one of the 100 safest cities in America out of over 15,000 areas analyzed. We are very proud of this and I thank each and every employee of our department for this honor as the credit goes to them and by working with our elected officials and supportive community we continue to take positive strides.
This past week we conducted a Commercial Vehicle Safety Inspection in our downtown area for the purpose of taking unsafe vehicles off of our roadways and we had great results. Some of the violations we focus on are overweight vehicles, vehicles with unsafe brakes, unsafe steering mechanisms, unsecured loads and inadequate tires. Each of these violations mentioned can cause a serious accident if not corrected and in some cases these vehicles need to be taken out of service for the safety of all of us.
One of the last things I want to comment on is that we recently posted a photo and write up of a missing dog within our community and thanks to all of you the post was shared over 800 times by our [social media] followers and over 40,000 people read it. On a good note after a day on the run the dog was located and is home safe and sound at this time.
On a final note, in early May we will be having a National Police Week Ceremony where we will honor some of our officers for going above and beyond the call of duty during this past year. To honor this week we will also be selling t-shirts and all of the proceeds will be going to the Concerns of Police Survivors who assist the families of officers killed in the line of duty. Please support our efforts and stay tuned for additional information!