Police Department

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The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department consists of more than 96 sworn members and approximately 34 civilians, which include 13 dispatchers. The department is divided into specific sections: The Command Administration, Support Services/Training and Development, Evidence, Detectives and Juvenile Divisions, Patrol Divisions, Neighborhood Recovery Unit, Crime Analysis, Main Street and Traffic, Parking Enforcement, Records Sections, Animal Control and is part of the Dutchess County Drug Task Force. The department also has a K-9 Officer and an Emergency Services Unit.

The Patrol Division consists of nine Squads assigned to permanent eight hour shifts beginning at midnight. At the beginning of each shift the officers in the Squad are assigned to a post by his/her supervisor. They then patrol their post and are sent on calls by the dispatcher as requests are made for officer assistance.

The Command Staff consists of the Police Chief and two Police Captains.


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Accident reports are available for pick up at the Police Department Front Desk or online through Crashdocs.org.

With Crashdocs.org, there is no need to make a trip to the police station to obtain a copy of your accident report. Simply search for your report, make your payment, and receive a copy that you can print or save to your files. Reports are available 24/7, meaning you can get your accident report when it’s convenient for you.


Businesses located within the City of Poughkeepsie can register their emergency contact information with the Police & Fire Departments by completing the online report below. Contact registration allows public safety dispatchers to contact business owners in the event of an emergency.

Business Contact Registration Form


The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department is in the process of forming a Civilian Patrol Program. Civilian Patrol is a neighborhood watch program where responsible citizens volunteer to patrol their neighborhoods and report criminal activity to the Police Department.  A steering committee has been formed and they are actively reviewing the rules, regulations, and operating procedures required by the program.

Updates to the program will be posted here on the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department website and on all City social media accounts. If you are interested in strengthening the quality of your community, or for additional information about the Civilian Patrol Program, please email LT. Richard Wilson at civilianpatrol@cityofpoughkeepsie.com


To anonymously submit a tip to the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, please click here:

Submit a Tip (Citizen Observer)


The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department Online Citizen Reporting system allows citizens to file police reports online and to print a copy of the report for free. The system is a convenient way to report crimes such as harassing phone calls, identity theft, vandalism, vehicle break-ins, larcenies, and lost property. The system also allows citizens to file supplemental reports to previously reported crimes.

Online Citizen Reporting


Hotline: (845) 451-7577

City of Poughkeepsie Police have implemented a Cash for Tips program aimed at removing illegal guns from the streets.

City Police will pay $250 to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of an illegal gun and $500 for information that leads to an arrest of a person possessing an illegal gun.

The Cash for Tips hotline number is (845) 451-7577. All callers will remain anonymous.


Walk-in registrations are done at the Juvenile Division office on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10AM to 2PM.  Applicants must bring Identification and Proof of Purchase (when available) along with the bicycle to be registered.  If no proof of purchase is available, then person must complete Affidavit of Ownership.  Registration of bicycles over 20 inches is required for all City residents.

For questions and additional information, please contact the Juvenile Division, Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM, at (845) 451-4163

Walk-in Form

  Bicycle Registration Form

Online Form
Online Bicycle Registration


The Citizen Observer Alert Network allows the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department to instantly update you about crimes, emergencies and other important information.

All Alerts are delivered via e-mail and are also available via text message on your cell phone.

  • Citizen Alerts inform all registered users of public safety concerns in your area. The Alerts contain information about crime trends, descriptions of suspects, missing persons, as well as advice on personal safety, and how to safeguard property.
  • Business Alerts are targeted to specific business types, so your business will receive information about crimes that are pertinent to your business type.
  • Case Alerts allow law enforcement to automatically disseminate information about open cases to all registered Citizen Observer users.
  • Watch Group Alerts allow law enforcement to send targeted alerts to specific neighborhoods with information about crimes that are happening in their immediate area.

Help create a stronger community by signing up to receive Citizen, Business, and Neighborhood alerts. You’ll get information directly from your local law enforcement agency that impacts your community.

Sign up today. It’s easy!!

  1. Go to the Sign-Up page
  2. Fill out the form
  3. Spread the word and invite your neighbors to join

Please note that CitizenObserver is a secure website and protects your privacy. For more details, please review the CitizenObserver privacy policy.


The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department offers child car seats and installation to income-eligible citizens. The car seats are made available through a grant from the New York State Child Passenger Safety Program to all City residents meeting the income guidelines and criteria listed below:

  • Applicant must be a City of Poughkeepsie resident with proof of residency (Utility bill with City address)
  • Income Verification – present a valid benefit card or other Department of Social Services document
  • Applicant must be the registered owner of the vehicle in which the car seat is installed
  • Photo ID is required (driver’s license or benefit card)

Program verification and installations are done by appointment only. To schedule a verification and installation or for additional information, please call the City of Poughkeepsie Juvenile Unit at (845) 451-4163.


On March 28th, 1854, Poughkeepsie was chartered as a City. At that time there were approximately 10,000 residents and the City was divided into four wards each represented by two aldermen. The aldermen would choose who would serve as officers in City Government. The first officers were John Winslow who was City Marshall along with James Sparks and William Graham who were Police Officers. In 1883, the Board of Police Commissioners was formed and assumed day to day operations of the police department. Today the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department has expanded considerably.

Contact Information
In case of Emergency, dial 911
Other calls for police services: (845) 451-4000

Ronald J. Knapp, Chief of Police, 845-451-4132
Thomas Pape, Police Captain 845-451-4130
Steven W. Minard, Police Captain, 845-451-4132