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Solvay neighborhood watch issues discussed

At the April 9 Solvay Neighborhood Watch meeting watch captain Kim Richardson introduced Solvay Police Chief Richard Cox. Chief Cox spoke about a number of changes that will be happening in the department as well as so notable accomplishments.

Department accreditation

Cox began by pointing out that since 1985 New York State has accredited only about 92 local police departments out of a possible 560. He also said that the Solvay Police Department has been fully accredited since 2003. Accreditation according to Cox is important because it keeps the department working at a high level of professionalism and it helps to keep the cost of insurance for the department lower.

Police department moving

The Solvay Police Department will be moving from its current location on Woods Road to the Solvay Electric building on Charles Ave. When remodeling is completed in August the Department will use about one half of the Solvay Electric facility. The new Police Headquarters will have more room to carry out police work.

Department receives grants

Several grants have been given to the Solvay Police Department this year. One will pay for a "live scan" finger printing machine that will enable the police to fingerprint those people who have been arrested and quickly send those prints to other police agencies. Another grant will pay $27,000. for an operation impact camera. This camera which will be placed in a Solvay Police patrol car will take pictures of car license plates and enable police officers to do an almost instant check on the registration identification.

Sex offender arrest

Cox answered some questions about the recent arrest of a man at the Solvay Library. Cox said that the Solvay librarian did exactly the right thing when she reported suspicious activity at the Library computer to the police. The man has been arrested for violating his parole. He is level three (serious) sex offender.

Some watch members asked Cox about various crime incidents and crime hot spots and he reminded the members of the group that some investigations, especially drug investigations, take some time. He also emphasized the importance watch members continuing to regularly report suspicious activities to the police.

The next Solvay Neighborhood Watch meeting will be Monday June 11, 7 p.m. at the Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center. A Solvay police officer is expected to attend.

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