On behalf of the Old Westbury Police Department, I would like to wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2024. 2024 is the centennial anniversary of the Old Westbury Police Department. Our police officers, detectives, supervisors, and civilian staff work each day to maintain the proud tradition of excellence that has been established during these past 100 years.
2023 was a productive year for our department as we worked to reduce crime and incorporate new technology. We also added some new staff members, bringing the number of sworn personnel to the highest level since the department began operations in 1924.
Some of the highlights from 2023 include:
A reduction in residential burglaries from 12 in 2022 to 6 in 2023. (-50%)
A reduction in motor vehicle thefts from 11 in 2022 to 4 in 2023. (-64%)
A reduction in attempted burglaries from 3 in 2022 to 1 in 2023. (-66%)
The department made some noteworthy arrests in 2023, including an arrest of a member of the pattern burglary group for an attempted burglary, a criminal trespass arrest of a suspect with burglary priors, an arrest of a suspect for one of the six burglaries that occurred last year, and an arrest for grand larceny of a suspect who was stealing property from unattended landscaping trucks.
Thanks to the support of the mayor and the village board, the department expanded our network of advanced artificial intelligence powered license plate readers.
Members of the department stopped numerous cars that had been reported stolen because of alarms generated by our new state-of-the-art license plate reader network.
The department computerized its attendance system to help streamline its operations and to reduce administrative time to keep more officers on patrol.
The department added technology to tag fleeing vehicles with GPS tracking devices and tire deflation devices to disable vehicles that attempt to flee from our officers.
The department began the process of completely updating its policy manual to ensure it is up to date and to reduce any potential liability.
The department saw increased traffic summons numbers and decreased overtime expenses.
We would like to sincerely thank the village residents for their support and cooperation in assisting our department to keep the village safe.
During 2024 the department will acquire drones to search for fleeing suspects and it hopes to further expand the village’s license plate reader network by adding additional camera sites.
The department will also aggressively pursue any relevant grant funding opportunities to allow it to add technology at no cost to the village residents.
Once again, Happy New Year. We look forward to a productive 2024.
**Please note that the original posting of this message contained an error with the years for the crime stats, which has been corrected here.