Police Station Address
Eastchester Police Department
40 Mill Road
Eastchester, NY 10709
The Town of Eastchester is located in southern Westchester County, New York; and includes the incorporated villages of Bronxville and Tuckahoe. Eastchester is approximately 5 miles south of White Plains and 20 miles north of New York City and is approximately 3.26 square miles.
About the Eastchester Police
The mission of the Eastchester Police Department is to be committed to being responsive to our community in the delivery of quality services, recognizing our responsibility to maintain order, while affording dignity and respect to every individual. Our objective is to improve the quality of life through a community partnership, which promotes safe secure neighborhoods by enforcing laws, preserving the peace, reducing fear and providing a safe environment.
Keeping a town safe and providing all necessary public services to its citizens are missions incredibly broad to be held by any organization. Therefore, for some of the town’s more specific needs, special programs are designed within the four departments of the Eastchester Police Department. There programs are often so specific that the knowledge required to run them is beyond the scope of a general police officer and therefore they are headed by officers trained in a specific field, to ensure that the public is properly provided the necessary services.
These programs include:
The nationally acclaimed D.A.R.E. Program is a drug and alcohol education program, which is taught to the fifth grade students at the Anne Hutchinson, Greenvale and Immaculate Conception Schools. The program is administered by a specially trained police officer, which furnishes the children with a positive role model. The program consists of a 10-week curriculum, in which each fifth grade student receives approximately one hour per week of instruction. D.A.R.E.'s semester-long effort equips students with drug information, methods to enhance self-esteem, ways to resist and/or positively deal with peer pressure, and specific analytical and decision-making skills.
Child Safety Seat Inspection Program
The department has certified car seat technicians that will assist parents with the proper installation of their child's car safety seat. The technicians will look for improperly installed, broken or recalled safety seats. We also have on hand car seats to replace defective ones, if needed. The Eastchester Police Safety Seat Inspection Program is located at Town Hall.
Inspections are conducted by appointment. Call (914) 961-3464 for questions or an appointment.
BESTADE Drug & Alcohol Task Force
BESTADE stands for Bronxville, Eastchester, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe Alcohol and Drug Enforcement Task Force. This multi-jurisdictional Task Force works to battle against illegal drugs and combats underage drinking. BESTADE is a program designed to serve the specific community in which we live and to best utilize the collective efforts of the four separate local police departments. BESTADE also has a tip line at 961-3138 that one can anonymously call to report underage drinking parties or other illegal drug and alcohol violations, without fear of being identified.
A Bit of History about the Eastchester Police Department
"On May 25th 1909 a committee met to put forth a motion to create a police force in the Town of Eastchester, and at a Town Board Meeting of the same year the Eastchester Police Department was formed. By May 29th 1909 James Gavin and Joseph Scallion began their duties as Eastchester’s first paid police officers. They received salaries of $780 a year.
"Joseph Scallion was born in 1875 and proudly served the Eastchester Police Department working his way up to the position of Chief of Police before his death in 1945. James Gavin was born in 1873. As a young Irishman in Eastchester he was employed by the Marble Mines of Tuckahoe before serving as one of Eastchester’s first police officers. He served the department for 30 years and served as its first lieutenant.
"The early Eastchester Police Department was known as the Waverly Police Department because Waverly Square was one of the only two business districts in the rural town of Eastchester at the time. The Police Department was housed in a storefront rented from a woman named Mrs. Riordan for $240 a year.
"Over the years the size of the Eastchester Police Department grew as the town developed and in May of 1933 Sergeant Fred Romano operated the first two-way radio system ever installed in a Police Department. Eastchester was the first to install two-way radios in patrol cars operating with a 20-Watt system in place in Headquarters and corresponding 4.5 Volt radios in the cars themselves. Romano was also the first Italian-American to serve the Eastchester Police Department."
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