Town of New Windsor Police Press Releases


Please find and view the most up to date news and information regarding the Town of New Windsor Police Department listed below.


On December 5, 2001, Nancy Smith, a 32-year-old resident was found deceased in her house on Provost Drive in New Windsor. On that day, Smith’s parents received a call from her office saying that Smith had not shown up to work at the Horton Hospital in Middletown. Concerned, they went to check on Smith at her New Windsor home on Provost Drive, where they found her deceased on the living room floor. Nancy’s death was the result of a vicious attack and the investigation into her murder began.

As the 20th Anniversary of Nancy’s death approaches, the detectives from New Windsor Police Department are, once again, asking for the community’s assistance in identifying Nancy’s killer. To date, over 900 investigative leads have been pursued by members of the NWPD, New York State Police, Orange County District Attorney’s Office and several other Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies. Over the last few years, detectives have re-examined evidence in this case, re-interviewed witnesses, friends, family members, co-workers and other persons from Nancy’s life. Representatives from both public criminal and private DNA laboratories have been consulted, seeking the latest testing methods and technologies available. So far, we have been unable to identify the perpetrator.

The New Windsor Police Department would like to encourage members of the community to call us with any information they may have about this murder. Any piece of information would help, no matter how small or insignificant a person may feel their information would be. For 20 years, investigators and family members have been trying to find the missing pieces to the puzzle for this crime. There is still a reward of $20,000 being offered, for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person(s) responsible for Nancy’s death.

Investigators working this investigation can be reached at 845-563-4657 or by email at [email protected].

A Service Achievement Award was presented to Police Officer Brian McLean in recognition of his 25-years of dedicated service to the Town of New Windsor Police Department. Chief Doss and Supervisor Meyers did the presentation.

Congratulations to Officer McLean and thank you for your service to the community!

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Our Senior Gators listen attentively as PO Arcaro from the NWPD shares anti-bullying and internet safety information. The men and women of NWPD are always ready to #ShoulderUp with us and we are thankful for their dedication and service. #NWPD #VGSA 🐊❤ 



Meet Officer Ryan Sussman.  He is one of our officers that has advanced training and experience in DWI enforcement that makes him a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) in New York State.  His primary focus is to take impaired drivers off the road.  He works hard at keeping the roadways safe for everyone in New Windsor.

In the last month, NWPD has arrested a staggering 11 drivers for Driving While Intoxicated or Driving while Ability Impaired by Drugs. 

Chief Robert Doss commented, “There is simply no excuse for these individuals to be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.  Call a friend, call a relative, get a taxi or an Uber but don’t get behind the wheel because you’re putting yourself and others at risk.  Our DWI enforcement numbers show that our officers are out there making a difference in keeping the roads safe but we need everyone’s cooperation.  These DWI arrests are completely preventable.  Be smart.  Make a plan in advance to get home safe.  You owe it to yourself and you owe it to the community.” 

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September 25th was National Car Seat Check Saturday so NWPD decided to hold a car seat inspection event at Police Headquarters with the assistance of Orange County Traffic Safety Programs. At the event, car seat technicians checked a total of 19 child seats to ensure they were installed properly and that the seats met safety standards.  A special thank you goes out to Traffic Safety Educators Kecia Healy and Doug Krauss for all the help! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the event and made it a success! 

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Do you have a child’s car seat or booster seat that needs to be inspected to ensure it is properly installed?  Stop by at our Car Seat Check Event this Saturday and see one of the Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians.  This event is sponsored by the Orange County Traffic Safety Program, the New Windsor Police Department and the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

Officer Schettini saved a life yesterday with her quick response to the scene of a choking infant.  The 6-month old was limp and turning blue in the face when she arrived.

Her immediate actions in delivering a series of back blows between the infant’s shoulder blades resulted in the obstruction being cleared from his airway.  The infant then began to cry and breathe normally and he was transported to the hospital by NWEMS.  

Today, Officer Schettini returned to the scene to check on the infant and we took this photo.  Great job Officer Schettini we are all very proud of you!

A big thank you to Meaghan Campbell who honored the New Windsor Police Department by sponsoring an American Flag for us at the Kiwanis Club of Washingtonville’s Flags for Heroes event.  We may be Meaghan’s heroes but she is ours.  Her positivity and never give up attitude inspire us every day.  Thank you Meaghan!  

Do you know a family in need of back to school supplies?

The Police Department staff, both sworn and civilian, all made a donation towards the purchase of school supplies for local children in need.  This resulted in a significant amount of school supplies being purchased for donation to the New Windsor Food Pantry for distribution to families in need.

Chief Doss commented, “I am very proud of my staff for doing this. We all understand that when a student lacks the basic resources of things such as pens, pencils, notebooks and backpacks, it can severely limit their educational opportunities.  It is our hope that our efforts will positively impact some local children’s lives.”

For more information, the New Windsor Food Pantry can be reached at (845)497-0142.

Our latest example of helping an individual get help for their addiction struggle occurred on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 when the individual walked into our police station, bag packed and asked for help for their drug addiction.  This person had interacted with one of our Police Officers on two different occasions where the Officer spoke to them about the Hope Not Handcuffs Program and how it works.  The Officer “planted the seed” and now the individual is on their way to recovery and a better life. 

You do not need to live with a drug or alcohol addiction struggle!  Regain control of your life. If you need help, do something about it.  As a participating location, the New Windsor Police Department is here to help - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We are here for YOU and you will be treated with nothing but dignity and respect.  You can also call the Hope Not Handcuffs Hudson Valley Program directly at (833)428-HOPE for immediate assistance.