With added police presence in the town of Dunkirk from the Dunkirk Police Department, town officials are noticing a difference.
Town Supervisor Richard Purol explained his meeting with Police Chief David Ortolano at the October board meeting.
"The first month of our enhanced police surveillance went into effect for September and it went very well," Purol said. "I was very happy with (Dunkirk Police's) report."
The police department found abandoned cars as well as some open windows in residences within the town, among other reports, Purol said. Police followed procedure to find out who owned the vehicles.
"They can't write tickets and we still want everybody to know that anything that does happen they should still dial 911 first. This is just to show police presence in our neighborhoods and our business area," Purol said.
Business owners have been complaining regarding parking in no parking fire lanes, especially in the Tops Plaza on Vineyard Drive. While the Dunkirk Police cannot give tickets, they will ask motorists to move.
The patrols are spread out through the day and night. Councilman Mark Kutner said he has seen a difference in Dunkirk Police patrols on his dead end street. Purol said they have already put in funding in next year's budget to continue the contract with the Dunkirk Police. The current contract will expire at the end of this year.
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