Today, a dangerous drug trafficker was sentenced to federal prison after he was stopped for a routine violation by Saratoga Springs Police Officer Stephanie Ostrander. While Saratoga Springs enjoys a low crime rate, this should remind us all that Saratoga Springs is not immune to serious criminal activity. I want to thank Officer Ostrander and the other officers on duty that night for bringing this armed felon to justice.
On Monday night at the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s annual awards ceremony, The Saratoga Patrol Officer Evan Fort was the recipient of the Lieutenants Police Benevolent Association's "Officer Of The Year" Award. (Pictured L-R: Lt. Bob Jillson, Officer Fort, Lt. Sean Briscoe, Lt. Tom Mithcell) [Photo credit: Erica Miller)
On Wednesday the U.S. Attorney's Office announced the indictment of a Saratoga Springs man for distribution of fentanyl leading to an overdose death. Chief of Police Greg Veitch stated, "While Saratoga Springs enjoys a relatively low rate of violent crime, the City has not escaped the deadly consequences of the national opioid crisis. There have been too many overdose deaths in recent years and we remain committed to working with our law enforcement partners to do what we can to fight drug trafficking in the city."
Commissioner of Public Safety Peter Martin is calling for increased awareness of the dangers of opioids in our community. The commissioner reminded residents that the danger is closer to home than we think, pointing to the recent death of a Saratoga County resident from a fentanyl overdose. That death led to the arrest of a Saratoga Springs man who was charged with a number of felonies related to providing the victim with the lethal drug.
“Even in Saratoga Springs we see the devastating effects of our national opioid epidemic,” Martin said. “I commend Chief Greg Veitch, the Saratoga Springs Police Department, and the entire Capital Region law enforcement community for their work. Our public safety officers will remain vigilant and committed to protecting our populace from these criminals.”
The Commissioner reiterated the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s commitment to stamping out heroin and opioid abuse in our city.
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SSPD and SSFD Participate in Joint Active Shooter Training Exercise
During the first week of October, members of the Saratoga Springs Police and Fire Departments participated in joint multi-training activities at Saratoga Racecourse along with members of the New York State Police and the New York State Park Police in order to be prepared for several active shooter scenarios.
Lessons from previous active shooter situations have taught public safety departments that it’s best for members of the police and fire departments to work in teams. Fire department paramedics train with police on skills including treating patients in simulated live-fire environments, with blank rounds fired to ensure medics learn to do their lifesaving work while disrupted by the sound of gunfire.
This training exercise is one of several which were scheduled for 2017.
This week, the Saratoga Springs Police Department is celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Dispatchers Catone, Deuel, Green, Hayes, Johnson, Liska, Mallory and Park along with the newest members of our team, Dispatchers Bentley, Cecala, and Sherman are always there to answer the call and to provide an indispensable service to our the Saratoga Springs community 24/7/365. During Public Safety Telecommunications Week and every day of the year, we applaud the heroes behind the scenes and honor the City of Saratoga Springs’ Telecommunicators: The Unseen Heroes.