MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - The Mount Vernon Police Department recently saw some extreme restructuring, as they seek to get more officers on city streets.
Less than a month after making several major changes at the top of their ranks, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas announced that more changes are coming to the police department.
According to Thomas, beginning this week, more officers are being moved to the streets in an effort to curtail crime in the city. As many as eight officers are currently being trained to be school resource officers and two will lead the district’s D.A.R.E. efforts.
“As we strive to make the best use of our resources, crime in several categories continues to fall from the previous year’s level,” Thomas noted. “We heard from a resident who was the victim of an assault who praised the swift work of the Mount Vernon Police Department in apprehending the suspect.”
Thomas noted that the department has “stretched their dollars” by acquiring what he described as “free equipment from the military.” Those items range from a generator for City Hall to laptop computers for cop cars.
“These items equip our officers with the best crime-fighting tools, while saving taxpayer money. The department is currently working to use money from seized assets to buy body cameras and surveillance systems,” he added. “This is another example of su pairing grant dollars with ‘found money.’”