A Message from Commissioner Chong
The City of White Plains continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to public safety and to maintaining professional and highly trained police and fire departments:
The City’s crime rate has continued on its annual downward trend. In calendar year 2016, the already low crime rate decreased by 7.2%.
6 new police officers were sworn in during the first week of January. They are attending the Police Academy now and will be on the street by May.
White Plains was an early adopter of body worn cameras. The city was the first municipality in Westchester to utilize them. All uniformed officers now routinely use the cameras when out on the street. The program has been a success from every perspective, with one of the most positive and impactful results being the ability of police to review interactions with the public and use them as continuous training opportunities.
The White Plains Fire Department holds an ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating of 1, the highest rating offered. Out of 49,000 rated departments across the country only 97 earned this rating and only 3 have it in New York State. The ISO is an independent appraiser and its PPC evaluates communities according to a uniform set of criteria, incorporating nationally recognized standards (including emergency communications and dispatching systems, fire department equipment, fire department staffing, training, geographic distribution of fire companies, community risk reduction programs, water supply and flows).
12 new fire fighter candidates have passed their physicals and will be sworn in on March 10, 2017. They will enter the next Fire Fighter Academy class on march 13, 2017.