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Camillus-Police host open discussion in village

The Camillus Police Department recently hosted an open discussion at the senior center in the village of Camillus. The purpose of the meeting was to share with residents what the police department does in the village, what they expect of residents and to allow those in attendance to ask questions. The meeting was attended by about 30 village of Camillus residents, the village of Camillus mayor and trustees, a town board member, Chief Thomas Winn and Sergeants Mark Eckert and Daniel Burlingame.

One main point that was stressed at the meeting was to call the police each and every time they see suspicious activity, witness a crime or think something is out of place, no matter how minor residents think it may be.

The department wants residents and neighbors to understand that they are the eyes and ears for the Camillus Police Department and can help them solve crimes, which in the long run will deter crime from occurring.

Using 911 properly was another topic the police department wanted to discuss with residents. The police stressed using their non-emergency number, 435-2333, to report incidents that are not in progress and to reserve 911 for true emergency situations which require immediate attention.

The Camillus Police Department website, camilluspolice.com can also be used to report not in-progress traffic complaints or to request a home check while residents are away on vacation.

Statistics:

The Camillus Police Department handled 659 incidents in the village of Camillus (not including the town of Camillus) in 2006.

Wednesdays and Saturdays are the busiest days regarding incidents in the village of Camillus.

The busiest times of the day for incidents are 4 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. in the village of Camillus (not including the town of Camillus).

The Camillus Police Department wants to ensure the best service to the community possible; therefore, they often share information with the New York State Police and the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office regarding law enforcement issues in the village of Camillus in order to better serve the community.

A question and answer session with the public followed the information session.

Traffic was the main topic of discussion.

Village residents want:

The department to increase their enforcement efforts regarding speeding on Main Street and First Street.

The department to increase their efforts to enforce the pedestrian right of way in several cross walks in the village.

Increased lighting and a greater police presence in Munro Park on First Street.

The department took all of the questions and concerns of village residents seriously and are currently working on increased enforcement in the village.

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