Town of Tonawanda Police Department

Town of Tonawanda Police Department The principle mission of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department is to preserve the rights of the citizens and reduce fear in the community through the prevention of crime, protection of persons and property.

Operating as usual

11/18/2020
Buckle Up

If you have a frozen turkey its important to know WHEN to put it in the fridge so that it'll be thawed by Thanksgiving Day. It's also important to know when to buckle up in your car. Every Seat. Every Trip.

The 2020 Buckle Up New York (BUNY) Click It or Ticket mobilization will take place November 16- 29, 2020.  Seat belts ha...
11/16/2020

The 2020 Buckle Up New York (BUNY) Click It or Ticket mobilization will take place November 16- 29, 2020. Seat belts have been proven to be one of the best ways to save your life in a crash. Yet many still don’t buckle up. The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and High Visibility Enforcement efforts to help reduce crashes and save lives.

-- Pets and Windy Weather-->  Wind gusts and flying objects can injure or frighten pets. Take precautions to keep your c...
11/16/2020

-- Pets and Windy Weather-->
Wind gusts and flying objects can injure or frighten pets. Take precautions to keep your companion animals safe and secure.

Before you just let your dog out into your yard, be sure to check all fencing and lock all gates so that you can keep your pets secured.

And of course use a leash and pick up waste if out walking.

11/16/2020
The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee of New York

The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee of New York

It's the law that each passenger in the vehicle buckle up. Video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows the devastating impact on the driver from an unrestrained rear seat passenger. This impact was only 35 miles per hour. Buckle up. Every seat, every trip.

November and December are notorious for Deer Vs Vehicle accidents, this article from 2019 has some tips on driving durin...
11/15/2020
November is top month for car-deer collisions in New York

November and December are notorious for Deer Vs Vehicle accidents, this article from 2019 has some tips on driving during these times. https://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2019/11/15/139131/november-is-top-month-for-car-deer-collisions-in-new-york

AAA Tips to Avoid an Animal Collision

•Keep your eyes moving back and forth. Continuously sweep your eyes across the road for signs of animals and movement. While the most likely accident would be caused by an animal darting in front of you, one might also hit you by running into the side of your car.

•Be especially attentive in early morning and evening. Many animals, especially deer, are most active during prime commuting hours – roughly 5-8 a.m. and 5-8 p.m.

•At night, use high beams when there’s no oncoming traffic. Bright lights can help you spot animals sooner. The light reflecting off their eyes may also help reveal their location.

•Slow down and watch for other deer to appear. Deer rarely travel alone, so, if you see one, there are likely to be one or several more nearby.

•Honk your horn with one long blast. A long blast on your horn may frighten large animals, such as deer, away from your vehicle. The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) advises against relying on devices such as deer whistles and reflectors, which have not been proven to reduce collisions with animals.

•Use brakes if impact is imminent. If an animal is in your path, stay in your lane. Swerving away from animals can confuse them so they don’t know which way to run. It can also put you in the path of oncoming vehicles or cause you to crash into objects on the side of the road.

•Always wear a seatbelt. According to the I.I.I., the chances of getting injured when hitting an animal are much higher if you don’t have your seatbelt on.

•Don’t go near a wounded animal. A frightened and wounded animal can be unpredictable. If it’s in the middle of the road and blocking traffic, call the police immediately.

•Purchasing comprehensive insurance. Comprehensive insurance is the type of insurance that covers animal collisions.

Opening day of regular season deer hunting is Nov. 16 in most areas of Western and Central New York, which will stir the deer population, which is already active due to mating season. AAA is warning motorists to be extra cautious on the roads and to scan for deer.

11/15/2020
Stay Connected During Storms and Outages

National Grid has a new text alert program for power outages. See the video and link below to National Grid for instructions.
----Remember to keep your mobile devices charged before a storm so it can be used if you lose power and cant recharge it.
https://www.nationalgridus.com/upstate-ny-home/Storms-Outages/Stay-Connected.aspx

https://youtu.be/XXU3qS_VtDs

From their site:
Report and Check Outages by Text

If you sign up to receive our text alerts, you can also text us to report outages or check on the progress of your restoration. Please note that only active electric accounts can enroll in outage alerts.

To start texting with us, use any of the below commands. You can also text HELP to 64743 for the full list of commands.

Text REG to 64743 to sign up for text alerts.

Text OUT to 64743 to report an outage.

Text SUM to 64743 followed by your town, county, or state to get a summary of outages in your area. For example, if you live in Syracuse, text "SUM Syracuse" to 64743. *You do not need to be registered for text alerts to utilize this function.*

We can send you personalized alerts by text, email, or even phone calls when we detect an outage on your property, have restoration estimates and updates, or...

The Holiday Toy Drive is officially underway! Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy for a local child this seaso...
11/13/2020

The Holiday Toy Drive is officially underway! Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy for a local child this season. For now our Front Lobby is closed for construction but the next closest place to our department is at the Aquatic & Fitness Center across the street for donations. See the flyer for locations around the Town. https://goo.gl/maps/V3fQ5Q76GhbHFsgd7

The Holiday Toy Drive is officially underway! Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy for a local child this season.

No Polar Bears in Tonawanda either 😄  so PLEASE lock your car doors!  With the winter parking ban postponed until Dec 1s...
11/13/2020

No Polar Bears in Tonawanda either 😄 so PLEASE lock your car doors! With the winter parking ban postponed until Dec 1st, more cars in streets make more targets.. #UsetheLock

#SaferAmherstTogether
#lockyourcar
Did you know that in Churchill, Manitoba and Svalbard, Norway, it is customary for people to leave their cars unlocked so strangers can enter if they are being chased by a polar bear. Further south in places like Amherst, New York, it is recommended that you lock your car doors to prevent theft.
Property stolen from vehicles is an ongoing concern and is almost always a crime of opportunity. Thieves just walk down a street, up driveways, or through parking lots, testing the door handles of every car, pickup, SUV or van they pass. Everything from cell phones, wallets, laptop computers, spare change, garage door openers, and tools are commonly stolen.

As we head into winter and more family members are staying in the home,  take a few moments and make sure your home is f...
11/13/2020

As we head into winter and more family members are staying in the home, take a few moments and make sure your home is fire safe. Education of all family members make the whole home a safer place.

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Put-A-Freeze-on-Winter-Fires

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Teaching-tools/Lesson-plans

Carbon Monoxide
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane, etc. do not burn completely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of CO. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months, and in residential properties.

Winter storms
Most of the U.S. is at risk for winter storms, which can cause dangerous and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Blinding wind-driven snow, extreme cold, icy road conditions, downed trees and power lines can all wreak havoc on our daily schedules. Home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season, and heating equipment is involved in one of every six reported home fires, and one in every five home fire deaths.

Generators
Portable generators are useful during power outages, however, many homeowners are unaware that the improper use of portable generators can be risky. The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards. According to a 2013 Consumer Product Safety Commission report, half of the generator-related deaths happened in the four coldest months of the year, November through February, and portable generators were involved in the majority of carbon monoxide deaths involving engine-driven tools.

Candles
December is the peak time of year for home candle fires; the top two days for home candle fires are Christmas and Christmas Eve. Each year between 2013-2017, an average of 7,900 home candle fires were reported each year.

Electrical
Electrical home fires are a leading cause of home fires in the U.S. Roughly half of all home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment, while nearly another half involved other known types of equipment like washer or dryer fans, and portable or stationary space heaters.

11/13/2020
Erie County District Attorney

[Town of Tonawanda, N.Y] DA Flynn discusses the indictments against defendants charged for their roles in the murder of Danielle Cretacci and the shooting of her two children in August 2019. One of defendants was also indicted for the murders of Bethany Malloy and Shaquiel St. John who were killed on Merrimac Street in Buffalo in September 2019.

DA Flynn discusses the indictments against defendants charged for their roles in the murder of Danielle Cretacci and the shooting of her two children in August 2019. One of defendants was also indicted for the murders of Bethany Malloy and Shaquiel St. John who were killed on Merrimac Street in Buffalo in September 2019.

11/12/2020
Town of Tonawanda Complaint #20-224757

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department is requesting assistance identifying the following individuals. If you can provide any information regarding this larceny and the identity of the person(s) in the video, please call the Town of Tonawanda Police Department Confidential Tipline at (716) 879-6606 or Detective Campanella (716) 879-6635. Please refer to Town of Tonawanda Complaint #20-224757.

U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Chief Stauffiger, proudly was today’s Veterans Day keynote speaker at  the Milton J Brounshid...
11/12/2020

U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Chief Stauffiger, proudly was today’s Veterans Day keynote speaker at the Milton J Brounshidle American Legion Post 205. Semper fidelis!

To all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Your contributions to our way of life are immeasurable. Thank ...
11/11/2020

To all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Your contributions to our way of life are immeasurable. Thank you for your service.

A message from Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joe Emminger on twitterDue to the recent Covid Yellow Zone designation, the ...
11/11/2020
Joe Emminger on Twitter

A message from Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joe Emminger on twitter

Due to the recent Covid Yellow Zone designation, the Town of Tonawanda’s Annual Veterans Day Ceremony tomorrow will be a private ceremony only and NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The fact that the ceremony will be private this year does not take away our thanks and appreciation for all of our Veterans and their families for the many sacrifices they made! God Bless each and every Veteran, their families and God Bless America!
https://twitter.com/joeemmingerr/status/1326204834157125632

“1/2 Due to the recent Covid Yellow Zone designation, the Town of Tonawanda’s Annual Veterans Day Ceremony tomorrow will be a private ceremony only and NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The fact that the ceremony will be private this year does not take away our thanks and appreciation...”

We are no longer processing pistol permits at the police department. Erie County Sheriffs have taken over pistol permit ...
11/10/2020
Pistol Permits | Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns

We are no longer processing pistol permits at the police department. Erie County Sheriffs have taken over pistol permit processing for Town residents. Any questions should be directed to the Erie County Pistol Permit Department (716) 858-6600.

https://www2.erie.gov/clerk/index.php?q=notary-amp-permits
https://www2.erie.gov/clerk/new-pistol-permit-application-process

Cheektowaga Office (Auto Bureau): Mondays 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (Plastic Permit Holders Only & Payment form: Credit Card, Check or Money Order Only)

Scam Alert - BATAVIA, N.Y. — There has been a recent increase of phone scams targeted toward elderly people, according t...
11/09/2020
NYSP warning New Yorkers about 'grandparent scam'

Scam Alert - BATAVIA, N.Y. — There has been a recent increase of phone scams targeted toward elderly people, according to New York State Police.

Police say there has been a recent increase of phone scams targeted toward elderly people.

The Town of Tonawanda Court entrance at 1835 Sheridan Dr. is closed through Monday 11/23/20 due to construction.  Court ...
11/09/2020

The Town of Tonawanda Court entrance at 1835 Sheridan Dr. is closed through Monday 11/23/20 due to construction. Court personnel will be in the office and available to answer telephone calls from the public at 876-5536

https://www.wivb.com/news/erie-county-sheriff-warns-of-jury-duty-scam/(WIVB) – Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard is war...
11/07/2020
Erie County Sheriff warns of jury duty scam

https://www.wivb.com/news/erie-county-sheriff-warns-of-jury-duty-scam/
(WIVB) – Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard is warning Western New Yorkers about scammers making calls about jury duty.

The caller states they’re a detective and the call is about a failure to answer a jury summons.

The caller also says the matter can be fixed if you pay a fine over the phone or in person.

The Sheriff’s Office doesn’t attempt to collect fines over the phone.

The office encourages anyone who receives the call to ignore it and hang up.

(WIVB) – Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard is warning Western New Yorkers about scammers making calls about jury duty. The caller states they’re a detective and the call is about a fai…

Kenmore Police -missing person17-year-old Maria Kat was last seen on Crane Place in the Town of Tonawanda on Oct 31st ar...
11/04/2020
Kenmore Police searching for missing teenager

Kenmore Police -missing person
17-year-old Maria Kat was last seen on Crane Place in the Town of Tonawanda on Oct 31st around 4:30pm. Possibly in the Riverside area of Buffalo. Contact Kenmore Police at 716-875-1234 complaint #20-012789
https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/kenmore-police-searching-for-missing-teenager

NewsLocal News Actions Facebook Tweet Email Kenmore Police searching for missing teenager Maria Kat, 17, was reported missing by Kenmore Police on Wednesday. She was last seen on Halloween. Posted at 1:57 PM, Nov 04, 2020 and last updated 2020-11-04 13:59:47-05 KENMORE, N.Y. (WKBW) — Kenmore Polic...

We are proud to serve our community and we will work hard to make sure this Election Day is safe!
11/03/2020

We are proud to serve our community and we will work hard to make sure this Election Day is safe!

If your polling place is at Hoover School today on Thorncliff, you can access the school from Thorncliff or from 1500 Co...
11/03/2020

If your polling place is at Hoover School today on Thorncliff, you can access the school from Thorncliff or from 1500 Colvin Blvd . There is an access road that takes you to the back lot of Hoover. The NYS DOT is doing roadwork on Sheridan near the back entrance of the school making it inaccessible. https://goo.gl/maps/H5h3Yykhm3wM694Y9

If you see officers at the polls tomorrow, they will be protecting every voter's right to safely cast a ballot.
11/03/2020

If you see officers at the polls tomorrow, they will be protecting every voter's right to safely cast a ballot.

TTPD is looking for your assistance identifying the man seen in this photo in regards to a stolen vehicle. If you know w...
11/02/2020

TTPD is looking for your assistance identifying the man seen in this photo in regards to a stolen vehicle. If you know who he is or think you may have some helpful information please call Det. Muscoreil at 716-879-6636 or our Confidential Tip Line at 716-879-6606. Refer to complaint 20-240267

We have been planning for Election Day so that your trip to the polls can be safe. Voting is a right, and we are proud t...
11/02/2020

We have been planning for Election Day so that your trip to the polls can be safe. Voting is a right, and we are proud to protect it for everyone.

Town of Tonawanda Aquatic & Fitness Center
11/02/2020

Town of Tonawanda Aquatic & Fitness Center

Did you know we also offer American Red Cross CPR/ First Aid/ AED courses, too?
We will be running a series of courses between now and the end of the year.

Are you a coach or teacher that might be in need of your CPR certification? We can help with that, too! Give us a call and we would love to answer any of your questions about courses and certifications!

Registration is available online for previous participants of a Town of Tonawanda YPR activity or program! In-person registration is also available at the YPR Main Office building or the Aquatic Center.

Have more questions?
Call the Aquatic Center at 716-876-7424!

11/02/2020
20-219873

TTPD is requesting assistance from the public in identifying the following individuals. If you can provide any information regarding the identity of the person(s) in the video, please call the Town of Tonawanda Tipline (716) 879-6606 or Detective Scranton at (716) 879-6637. Additionally, please refer to Town of Tonawanda complaint #20-219873.

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