Vestal Police Department

  • Agency: Vestal Police Department
  • Address: 605 Vestal Pkwy W, Vestal, 13850 NY
  • Chief: John A Butler (Chief of Police)
Phone: 607-754-2386
Fax: (607) 754-1316

Vestal Police Department is located at 605 Vestal Pkwy W, Vestal, 13850 NY. The Chief of Police of the department is John A Butler. The Vestal Police Department phone number is 607-754-2386.

Vestal Police Department News

This evening the Vestal Police were made aware of a social media post regarding the threat of violence at the Vestal High School tomorrow. Members of the department identified and interviewed the person responsible for the post. It was quickly determined that the social media post was baseless and not factual. As a precautionary measure more interviews were conducted and as a result we are confident that no such threat was ever made nor intended. Nonetheless, our department and more particularly our SRO’s, will continue to be diligent in their presence and availability to the students, staff and visitors of the Vestal School District.

https://takebackday.dea.gov/ Here at Vestal PD, every day is Drug Takeback Day with our Prescription Drug Box in the Lobby. However, National Take Back Day is coming up Saturday October 27th just in case you need a little extra incentive. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Remember, you may safely dispose of your unused, unwanted and expired medications at any time, on any day in our Lobby!

Some of our residents have reported recently being targeted in a phone scam known as "The Grandparents Scam or The Grandchild in Distress Scam". Please read this attachment and follow these few guidlines if you think you've been contacted in this manner; *Do not fill in the blanks for the caller. *Make sure that it is your grandchild by asking a question that only the real grandchildren would know (what was the name of their first pet, for example) *Contact their parents. If someone asks you to keep it a secret, that's a red flag. *Resist pressure to send money quickly and secretly. *Refuse to send money through a wire transfer or overnight delivery. https://www.liveabout.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-grandparent-scam-1695830

We have received multiple complaints this week from residents who have had items stolen from their vehicles overnight. Several residents have captured the suspects on camera. Please remember to remove valuables from your vehicle and to lock your doors. Our patrols will be aggressively looking for these suspects but we need your assistance. Please call the police if you see suspicious persons in your neighborhood, especially late at night. If you recognize the suspects in these photos or have any information regarding these larcenies please call the Vestal Police Detective Division at 754-2477. Thank you.

ATTENTION FOOTBALL FANS: Tonight's National Night Out Event in Vestal just got a last minute boost for our fundraising goals. If you attend tonight you will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win an official NFL football autographed by the NY Giants new offensive tackle, Nate Solder. Solder has played in 4 Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, winning 2 rings. In March of this year the NY Giants signed Solder to a 4-year contract making him the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL. All proceeds from tonight's event are donated to the Broome County Crime Victim's Assistance Center. Come down tonight and show off your vehicle or check out the cars on display, enjoy some food, take a chance on the football and help support a very worthwhile organization!

23 years ago the City of Binghamton lost one of their Finest. Please join us in keeping the members of the Barta family in your thoughts today.

Today we reflect on how lucky we are to call America our home. Please enjoy today and remember to be safe. While you are celebrating the birth of our nation please take a moment to think about our colleague, Broome County Sheriff's deputy Kevin Tarsia, who was killed in the line of duty on July 4th, 2002. Our thoughts today are with the Tarsia family and of course the family of trooper Nicholas Clark who was killed just two days ago.

## UPDATE ## - In regards to our previous post about the Toyota, it’s occupants and an incident at the TSM; the occupants have been located by VPD and all is well. We appreciate the amazing response from our Facebook family! Thank you all very much.

Over the last couple of weeks we have taken reports from town residents regarding a business going by Breath Easy Ventilation. Persons representing this company have been going door-to-door offering chimney inspections and in several cases providing work that has later been called into question. We would like to remind you that door-to-door solicitation is not allowed in the town of Vestal without first registering with the Clerk's Office. This company is NOT registered to solicit in the town of Vestal and we have been unsuccessful in our attempts to contact them. Please use caution before agreeing to have work done on your home or property and never hesitate to call the police department if you feel you are being pressured or illegally solicited. It is always a good rule of thumb not to hire door-to-door solicitors of any type. Please read some tips here from the Better Business Bureau: https://www.bbb.org/delaware/industry-tips/read/tip/chimney-sweep-scams-4264/

16 members of the Vestal Police Department proudly participated in the 2018 Torch Run yesterday in Vestal.The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement. The run began on Binghamton University's Campus and finished at Tully's where the restaurant presented a fundraising check in excess of $14,000 to the Special Olympics. Law enforcement officers have been raising awareness and funds through various events for Special Olympics for over 35 years. Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local competitions. They also carry it into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. There are over 97,000 law enforcement members that carry the “Flame of Hope” annually. The flame symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe. Thank you to our members and everyone else who participated yesterday to help raise funds and awareness to benefit our Special Olympians.

The Vestal PD, along with most police agencies across the state, are participating in the Buckle Up NY/Click it or Ticket enforcement detail. Beginning today through June 3rd, some officers will be assigned to specifically enforce New York State's Safety Belt Laws. Who must wear safety restraints? **All front seat occupants regardless of age. The driver is responsible for all front seat passengers under age 16. **All rear seat passengers under age 16. **All children under 4 years old must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat. **Children ages 4, 5, 6 and 7 must be properly restrained in an appropriate child restraint system, one that meets the child's height and weight recommendations according to the child restraint manufacturer. (Have a question about your child's safety seat? Call the Vestal PD's Child Passenger Seat Phone Line at (607)754-2386 x481 and our certified installer/inspector will call you back) Benefits **Save 148 lives and $404 million annually. Why? **New York's Greatest Killer - 21 percent of highway deaths in New York State occurred to occupants who were unrestrained. This was a greater factor than alcohol or excessive speed. **Everyone's Problem - Inpatient hospital costs for unbelted crash victims are 50% higher than those for belted victims. Society pays 85% of those costs, not the crash victims. Safety Belts are NOT an option They are a way of life AND they are the law! Thank you for Buckling Up! Please do yourself, your loved ones (and your wallet) a favor; Buckle Up, day or night.

The Vestal Police Department was honored to host The 2018 Police Week Silent Procession and Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony held on April 30th. Various police agencies from the counties of Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Otsego and New York State were represented along with this year's Broome County Law Enforcement Academy that includes 3 Vestal Police recruits. 21 members of the Vestal Police Department participated in the events that day and most of them did so on their own time. In addition to their dedication and participation, the events could not have been accomplished so well without the great efforts of the Town of Vestal Parks Department, Vestal Fire Department, Endicott Auxiliary Police and the New York State Department of Transportation. Special thanks go out to the Vestal Senior Center for keeping the recruit class warm, Strategic Drones for their aerial video, Town Supervisor W. John Schaffer, the members of the Vestal Town Board and the employees of the Town of Vestal for their support and all of the members of the public who attended the Ceremonies. Police Week is held to honor the memory of the local police officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. The events on April 30th were a proud and professional moment for all of those who participated and attended. Some of the attached photos were taken by David Williams at 'Beyond the Print' and many more from the day can be found at his website (beyondtheprint.com) and his Facebook page.

One of the annual traditions that takes place during Police Week is the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Memorial Association's awarding of the Business of The Year. The award is given annualy to a local business who shows support of law enforcement and the Association. This year's recipient was Vestal's own Barbells of Binghamton. The business, owned and run by the Ramanathan family, has been in its Vestal location since it was first opened 21 years ago. They are great supporters of Law Enforcement and all First Responders and are considered a friend to our police department. We congratulate Barbells of Binghamton and the Ramanathan family for their well earned award and the much deserved recognition.

Our prescription drug collection box was emptied this morning in anticipation of tomorrow's National Take Back Day and you can see the amount of product we collected in less than 1 month since it was installed. However, we would like to remind you to please follow the rules of what is and isn't allowed to be placed in the receptacle. In the photo you will see red arrows indicating over the counter products which can easily and safely be disposed of at home. In addition, please remember that NO SHARPS or NEEDLES are allowed in the box and that includes epi pens. Thank you very much and stop down tomorrow to start filling another box!

Police Week is fast approaching and we would like to remind you of the upcoming events that are taking place in Vestal. On Sunday April 29th there will be a non-denominational Church service held at 3:00pm at St. Vincent de Paul Blessed Sacrament Church at 465 Clubhouse Road. During that service a New York State Police Honor Guard will process into the church followed by a bag piper and area police officers. Uniformed officers from departments who had an officer die in the line of duty will light a candle in their memory during a roll call of the deceased. The service is open to all. On Monday April 30th there will be a Silent Processions of police vehicles beginning at 10:45am at the Endicott Police Station. The Procession will travel into Vestal via Main Street and travel west on Rt. 434 to Town Hall Road and then head towards Vestal Memorial Park via Front Street. We invite you to take a moment of your time Monday morning and stand somewhere along the route as the Procession goes by to pay your respects to those officers who sacrificed their lives for our community. The Procession will conclude at Memorial Park at Front and Main Streets where a Memorial Service and Flag Raising ceremony will take place to recognize and honor the local police officers who have been killed in the line of duty. The Procession will pause just before reaching the park and be led the rest of the way by bagpipers and a police Color Guard. A detail of uniformed officers will then form at the park for the Memorial Service and Flag Raising Ceremony. The police vehicles will park and remain there with their lights on during the Ceremony. The town of Vestal and the members of its police department are truly honored to be hosting these events and look forward to proudly and professionally representing our department. Please join us and proudly represent a community that supports its law enforcement.

We will be participating in the DEA's Take Back Day on April 28th but thanks to the new Drop Box in our Lobby the Vestal PD has Take Back Day available every hour of every day. https://takebackday.dea.gov/

The "Traveling Thief" highlighted on both our FB page and the BCSO FB page is in custody. We appreciate everyone who took the time to share, be aware and keep an eye out for the suspect.