The Patrol Division is the largest division within the Police Department and includes both uniformed patrolmen and sergeants. Its primary responsibility is to provide uniformed law enforcement service to the community. Uniformed police officers are generally the first contact a citizen has with a law enforcement agency. These initial contacts will frequently leave the citizen with a lasting impression of the department and it is the Hudson Falls Police Department’s intention to make that impression a positive one. Our mission is to provide the highest quality law enforcement service in the most effective and efficient manner possible. In addition to crime prevention, Patrol Officers engage in Community Policing, accident investigations, traffic enforcement, medical assists, criminal investigations and other calls for service.
The Deputy Chief of Police is responsible for the overall operation of the different divisions of the department to ensure administrative policies and protective services duties are executed effectively. The Deputy Chief also develops operational concepts which will meet the goals and objectives of the department and assumes administrative command of the department in the absence of the Chief. He also oversees the Village’s sex offender database including tracking down those who fail to report.
The Hudson Falls Police Department’s Detective investigates crimes such as drug sales, fraud, theft, burglaries, sexual assaults, arsons and homicides. The Detective also handles follow-up investigations of felony level cases and misdemeanor cases with special circumstances which were started by the Patrol Division. The Detective also has the responsibility of evidence collection and processing and submitting the evidence to the New York State Police crime lab.
The Detective also maintains the department’s photo files, arrest files, employee background checks, internal investigations and sealed records files. The Detective is also a member of the local drug enforcement task force that is made up of New York State Parole, New York State Police , Warren County Sheriffs Department, Glens Falls Police Department and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency. The task force is primarily focused on drug investigations: collecting evidence, executing search warrants, and arresting suspects
Currently, the Hudson Falls Police Department Bicycle Patrol Unit can deploy two units at a time. The officers have attended and successfully completed a 40 hour Law Enforcement Bicycle Safety Certification Course. The unit is utilized on a part-time basis as a supplement to patrol as well as during various special events throughout the year
Officers are responsible for answering multi-line telephones, multi-channel two-way radios and other communications equipment. Officers are tasked with prisoner monitoring during times which a prisoner is secured in lock-up.