Please find and view the most up to date news and information regarding the Town of New Windsor Police Department listed below.
On January 29, 2020, New Windsor Police Officer Brian McLean spoke with the local Girl Scouts troop about his duties as the department’s K-9 Officer. Officer McLean, who is a 23-year veteran of the police force, has been a member of the K-9 unit for 16 years. His current K-9 partner is named Soto and he is a German Sheppard that is 7 years old. In 2019, Officer McLean and K-9 Sato handled 119 calls for the department. These calls include many areas of responsibility such as: Investigating alarms, building searches, tracking missing persons and sniffing for illegal drugs. Thank you for all that you do for the Town Officer McLean!
New Windsor Police Officer Steven Bohr recently attended a two-week police training course to certify him to safely and efficiently operate a police motorcycle. The course was held by the City of Yonkers Police Department in Yonkers, New York. The class consisted of 20 police officers from several different police agencies in Westchester, Dutchess, Suffolk and Orange Counties, as well as one officer from a Connecticut agency. This highly demanding and rigorous course of instruction consisted of both classroom training and extensive riding through closed obstacle courses and on public roadways.
Officer Steven Bohr received the ‘Top Gun’ award for being the best motorcycle rider in the class. Officer Bohr is the first officer to be added to the Town of New Windsor Motor Unit in over 10 years. The Motor Unit was formed in 1995 and currently consists of three police motorcycles.
The photo shows Officer Bohr receiving the ‘Top Gun’ award at the graduation ceremony held on September 25, 2020 in Yonkers, NY.
On February 8, 2021, Police Officer Christopher D. Deets retired from the Town police force. Officer Deets was recognized with a Service Achievement Award by Town Supervisor George J. Meyers III and Police Chief Robert L. Doss at a walk out ceremony. Supervisor Meyers stated, “Officer Deets is leaving the Police Department in a better place than when he found it and anytime you can say that, it means the officer did a good job. I wish the best for Officer Deets and his family”. Chief Doss stated, “Officer Deets has been awarded for saving 4 lives over the course of his career here. I think that says it all about his hard work and dedication to serving the community. I commend him for his service to the Town and we will miss him.” Also, on hand for the ceremony was Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Orange County Commissioner of Emergency Service Brendan Casey who recognized Officer Deets for his military service with the U.S. Army and his police service to the County.
On January 24, 2020, New Windsor Police Officers Hardy Pierce and Jeremy Arcaro were at Little Britain Elementary School to do an Anti-bullying presentation for the 2nd – 5th grade students.
The Officer’s presentation went great and there was quite a bit of positive feedback from children on the topic. Officer Pierce and Officer Arcaro are also members of the department’s very active Community Policing Unit.
Congratulations to New Windsor Police Officer Ryan Sussman who was recognized by Orange County Stop DWI for his outstanding enforcement efforts in the area of driving while intoxicated as well as driving with ability impaired by drugs for the year 2019.
This is a joint press release by the New Windsor Police Dept. and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office
Release Date – September 23, 2020:
The Town of New Windsor Police Department arrested a man today following an ongoing investigation into a hit and run motor vehicle crash. The crash involved multiple parked cars in a parking lot off of State Route 300 in New Windsor and no one was injured in the crash. Immediately after receiving a report of the crash, New Windsor police officers located the motor vehicle that caused the accident and its operator several miles away after it had fled the scene. As part of their investigation, the officers found the vehicle’s operator to be in possession of substances that they believed to be illegal drugs. The vehicle operator identified himself as a police officer and he stated that he was in possession of the substances in his official capacity as a police officer. Further investigation determined that the driver did not legally possess the substances as part of his police authority and lab confirmation determined that the substances involved were in fact a quantity of cocaine and a hallucinogenic drug known as MDMA.
Arrested was: Carlos Mendez, age 41 of Middletown, NY. Mr. Mendez is employed by the City of Newburgh Police Department as a Police Officer. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th degree (D-class felony), Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree (A-class misdemeanor), official misconduct (A-class misdemeanor) and leaving the scene of a property damage motor vehicle accident (traffic infraction). He was arraigned before Town Justice Noreen Calderin and released as required by state law with no bail and a mandatory appearance ticket to appear in town court on October 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. for further court action.
New Windsor Police Chief Robert Doss stated, “Every police officer takes an oath of office when they are appointed to their position and when that oath is violated, it falls upon other police officers to hold the line and do what is right. That is exactly what happened in this case. No one is above the law, especially police officers. I commend the New Windsor police officers that investigated this complaint to its fullest extent and I would expect nothing less from them.”
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler stated, “I thank the Town of New Windsor Police Department for their professionalism and diligence on this case. It is always disappointing when there is an allegation that a police officer has engaged in criminal conduct, and even more so when it is alleged that an officer has used his badge to attempt to hide from his crimes. No one is above the law. Thankfully, instances of police officers committing the types crimes alleged here are rare, particularly here in Orange County, where the vast majority of our police officers behave honorably and legally in risking their lives every day to keep our residents and property safe. When allegations of criminal police misconduct are made, they must be diligently investigated and acted upon.”
The New Windsor Police Department will not be releasing the booking photograph in this case due to it being prohibited under New York Public Officers Law, Section 89, which was amended in mid-2019 to prohibit the release of booking photographs due to it being an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy”.
A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Police assist first person into ‘Hope Not Handcuffs’ program for treatment
Release Date – August 12, 2020:
The Town of New Windsor Police Department assisted its first person into the Hope Not Handcuffs
program today, just more than a week after the program went live with the department. The person heard
about the program and walked into to the Police Department lobby looking for help with his drug addiction.
He was soon greeted by Officer Anthony Weed and Officer Brian Levy, who began the first steps in the process
with him. As part of the program, the Officers contacted a volunteer ‘angel’ to respond to the police station to
complete the process of locating a treatment facility for the individual.
Police Chief Robert Doss stated, “It is my hope that this is just the first of many people who will come
to the Police Department for help with their addictions. We all know that there are several people in our
community that are battling with addiction related issues every day. I want people to understand that we are
here to help and to assist them in any way possible. It is a huge moment in a person’s life when they finally
decide that they just can’t live a certain way anymore and they decide to do something about it. This program
works but it can only work with community trust in the Police Department. This man trusted us when he had
nowhere else to turn and we were able to help him begin his journey to recovery. It is truly a wonderful thing
to be able to help people in this way.”
Photo: Officer Brian Levy (L) and Officer Anthony Weed (R) stand near the new Hope Not Handcuffs sign at
The Hope Not Handcuffs organization works with local law enforcement agencies to provide support. A
person struggling with any addiction can voluntarily walk in to a participating Police Department, like in New
Windsor, and ask for help. They will be greeted with support, compassion and respect. A trained Angel
volunteer will be called to the station to help find treatment. The Hope Not Handcuffs program is a
community outreach program designed to reach people struggling with drug addiction to encourage them to
seek recovery and regain control of their lives. It is community members taking care of community members.