Dutchess County

Contact
William Johnson
Address

626 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
United States

Phone
845-486-3648
Fax
845-486-3612

Victim Impact Panel contact

Cristine Groenewegen

Prevention Educator/Teen Driving Coordinator

Council on Addiction Prevention & Education, Inc
807 Route 52, Room 028
Fishkill, New York 12524
(845) 765-8301 x104

cgroenewegen@capedc.org

2018 VIP Schedule:

Many VIP's are offered in both English and Spanish.  The registration for the English version is 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. and the program is 7-8:30 p.m.  The registration for the Spanish version is 4:45 - 5:00 p.m. and the program is 5-6:15 p.m.

January 4th (English only); February 1st; March 1st (English only); April 5th; May 3rd (English only); June 7th; No panel in July; August 2nd (English only); September 6th; October 4th (English only); November 1st; December 6th (English only)


2018%20TOP%20COPS%20websize.jpg 24th Annual STOP-DWI Law Enforcement Awards Honor Local “TOP COPS” 

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County STOP-DWI Planning Board honored eight law enforcement officers as “TOP COPS” at the 24th Annual Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program’s Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon held today at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in the City of Poughkeepsie. The event honors police officers from throughout Dutchess County for their enforcement efforts in the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers in support of the STOP-DWI Program’s mission to deter drunk/drugged driving.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “The annual STOP-DWI Program Law Enforcement Awards ceremony helps spread awareness of our concerted education and enforcement efforts to eliminate impaired driving within Dutchess County. These awards serve as a reminder of the level of commitment of the dedicated men and women of law enforcement who serve our residents tirelessly and keep our roads as safe as possible. We are proud to recognize these individuals and thank them for their service to our community.”

2018 “TOP COP” Award Winners

Investigator Steven M. Schmoke, New York State Police Troop K (Poughkeepsie)

Trooper Cody J. Vetter, New York State Police Troop K (Lagrange)

Deputy Sheriff Justin Bogdanffy, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Sansoni, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office

Police Officer Travis Sterritt, Village of Red Hook Police

Police Officer Tyler Hoag, City of Poughkeepsie Police

Police Officer Michael Veeder, Village of Millerton Police

Probation Officer Ashley Pilla, Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections

This was the first year the STOP-DWI Planning Board included a Probation Officer in its awards program to recognize those who go above and beyond their typical duties to further the STOP-DWI mission. Probation Officer Ashley Pilla from the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections was honored for her contributions to impaired driving enforcement efforts. Ms. Pilla is part of the DWI Unit and is assigned to the STOP-DWI caseload. In addition to her typical duties, she has proactively supervised numerous probationers deemed high-risk to re-offend both among her cases and in others and has established a close working relationship with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office. This year, her diligent work has facilitated the ticketing and/or arrest of 10 repeat offenders for various Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) offenses, including Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (AUO) and Ignition Interlock Device (IID) violations. Ms. Pilla strives to hold offenders accountable for their behavior while effectively guiding them to make positive life changes as an Intoxicated Driver Program (IDP) Instructor and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).

The event also highlighted the start of the annual “Thanksgiving Crackdown” campaign, which runs from Wednesday, November 21st through Sunday, November 25th, with law enforcement agencies participating in a county-wide program to catch impaired drivers this holiday season. The “Thanksgiving Crackdown” campaign includes coordinated, multi-jurisdictional sobriety checkpoints and targeted saturation patrols throughout Dutchess County and includes the assignment of Drug Recognition Experts to assist in the identification and apprehension of those impaired by drugs other than alcohol.

Motorists who encounter what they suspect is an impaired driver should call 9-1-1 with a description of the vehicle, location and direction of travel. The enforcement effort is administered by the Dutchess County STOP-DWI program through grant funding awarded from the NYS STOP-DWI Foundation.

Dutchess County STOP-DWI Coordinator William C. Johnson said, “Today’s event celebrates the law enforcement officers who continue to keep our roadways safe and ensure we all get home safely to our friends and family. The ‘Thanksgiving Crackdown’ is a reminder of the role we all play in these efforts and encourage everyone to make smart decisions, especially during the festivities of the holiday season. Motorists who drive while impaired will be arrested and prosecuted. No warnings and no excuses.”


Joint Agency Sobriety Checkpoint - Town of East Fishkill

On Saturday November 10, 2018 members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, East Fishkill Police Department and the New York State Police conducted a joint agency sobriety checkpoint, which resulted in eight arrests three of which were impaired driving arrests. 

The checkpoint was conducted on State Route 52 in East Fishkill between the hours of 4pm & 9pm with a total of 1,790 vehicles passing through the checkpoint. The detail included assignment of certified Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) to aid in the identification and apprehension of drivers impaired by drugs other than alcohol.

This detail was funded by the NYS Governors Traffic Safety Committee which awarded the Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program funding to participate in a Statewide Enhancement Grant Project for 2018. The STOP-DWI Program coordinates local activities with Law Enforcement and Probation partners. The objective is to enhance public safety and the visibility of the STOP-DWI Program activities through coordinated multi-agency impaired driving enforcement and compliance details targeting impaired driving offenders and violators. Grant project activities include multi-jurisdictional checkpoints and coordinated Ignition Interlock offender compliance.

According to Dutchess County STOP-DWI Coordinator William Johnson, “The multi-agency enforcement details funded through this Enhancement grant project allow our Law Enforcement partners to stand shoulder to shoulder and work together toward one single goal. There is an obvious shared commitment to public safety on the roadways, as there continues to be an alarming presence of drug impaired drivers. Interestingly, a large majority of motorists passing through these enforcement details offer strong encouragement and thank the officers for their efforts.”

Below is a listing of arrestees and charges from the details as well as arrests by agency patrols. 

Frederick Gottwald (20 yoa) of Fishkill, NY was charged with DWAI Drugs a misdemeanor and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana a violation.

Theresa Earl (58 yoa) of New Paltz, NY was charged with DWAI Drugs a misdemeanor.

Harold White (57 yoa) of Hopewell Jct, NY was charged with DWAI Drugs a misdemeanor and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana a violation.

Additionally three subjects were charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana a violation.

*All subjects arrested and charged are alleged to have committed the crime and are presumed innocent until proven guilty and are to appear in local courts at a later date.


The Dutchess County STOP-DWI Planning Board honored seven law enforcement officers as “TOP COPS” at the 23rd Annual Dutchess County STOP-DWI Program’s Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon held today at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in the City of Poughkeepsie. The event honors police officers from throughout Dutchess County for their commitment and contributions to the STOP-DWI Program’s mission.