The Administrative Division of the Police Department is comprised of animal control, public safety dispatchers and records personnel. The responsibilities for each section are outlined as follows. Sgt. Joseph Herring is the Administrative Sergeant and may reached by phone at 845-451-4198 or email him.

Animal Control

The Animal Control Officer is a full-time, non-sworn employee who is responsible for enforcing state and local laws regulating animal ownership as well as responding to incidents involving animals. Please call 845-451-4139 for information related to animal control.

Public Safety Dispatchers

Public Safety Dispatchers are full-time, non-sworn employees who, along with other tasks, receive emergency and non-emergency phone calls for service for emergency medical personnel, fire and police responses. 

Public Safety Dispatchers also continuously monitor ongoing situations in the City of Poughkeepsie and request additional resources when needed. The City of Poughkeepsie 911 Center is staffed with Public Safety Dispatchers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


The Records Division is responsible for the collection, categorization and storage of all police related reports, including; motor vehicle accidents, warrants, and finger printing records. Copies of police reports may be obtained in-person at the Records window (located within the Police Department lobby) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm We encourage you to make prior contact with records personnel to expedite receiving a copy of a police report. Please call 845-451-4154 or 845-451-4155 for information regarding police reports.

Find out how to obtain a copy of an accident report on our Accident Reports page.

Business Contact Registration

Businesses located within the City of Poughkeepsie can register their emergency contact information with the Police and Fire Departments by completing the Business Contact Registration Form.

Training & Development Division

The Training and Development Division is responsible for the scheduling, administration and documentation of all training within the police department. The training of department personnel is ongoing and strives to meet all current state and federal requirements. Necessary training occurs as new equipment is purchased and deployed by police department personnel

Training and Development is also responsible for the implementation of the department policy and procedures.

Please email Lieutenant John Zeltmann or call at 845-451-4152 for questions regarding training and development.