The full time Bedford Police Department consists of 39 sworn police officers and 14 full and part-time civilians. The department operates around the clock, seven days a week and provides the latest in professional police protection. It is led by a Police Chief and three Lieutenants who serve as commanders of the patrol, administration and staff services divisions. The department headquarters is located at 307 Bedford Road (Route 117) in Bedford Hills, New York 10507-1321.
Phone: (914) 241-3111
The Town of Bedford Police Department and the New York State Office of Homeland Security want to urge the public that if you see a suspicious package or activity at a bus depot or train station or on a bus or train or a suspicious vehicle notify the bus driver or conductor or the local police or call 1-866-SAFENYS (1-866-723-3697). Click Here to view official flier.
For further information on the Police Department and to view the Monthly Consolidated Report, please Click Here .
Fire Protection in each hamlet is provided through the efforts of wholly volunteer Fire Departments, which provide round-the-clock protection. Each department serves within a fire district, which is overseen by an elected Board of Fire Commissioners. Though each Department is primarily responsible for its own district, a strong history of mutual aid exists among our departments and residents can always be assured of maximum protection.
In addition to their serious work, the three fire departments maintain the strong tradition of an annual Fire Department Parade. Traditionally, Katonah's parade in early June kicks off the parade season for northern Westchester and Putnam counties.
Volunteers are vital to the departments and anyone interested should contact any one of the fire departments:
Bedford Village Fire Department located on The Village Green in Bedford Village provides ambulance service as well. Non emergency: (914) 234-3133 or www.bedfordfire.com. Email email@example.com
Bedford Hills Fire Department at 332 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills has offered volunteer fire protection to the community since 1903. The department, with 90 members led by four fire chiefs, offers a Firefighter Assist Search Team (FAST Team) to neighboring communities as part of the mutual aid system. (914) 666-8253 or www.bedfordhillsfd.org. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Katonah Fire Department at 65 Bedford Road, Katonah, has been volunteering fire services since 1874. Non-emergency phone number: (914) 232-4570; FAX at 232-4634; website http://www.katonahfd.org or email at http://www.katonahfd.org/contact_us.php.
Katonah-Bedford Hills Ambulance Corp. at 160 Bedford Road, Katonah (mailing address is P.O. Box 43, Bedford Hills, NY 10507). The corps also offers full and refresher CPR courses to all residents. If you would like to take a course, or consider joining the corps, call 232-5872 or www.kbhvac.org.
Volunteers are vital to the department and anyone interested should contact the department.
The Bedford Town Board, in February 2001, entered into an intermunicipal agreement with other northern Westchester towns to create an Advanced Life Support (ALS) system which adds an increased level of emergency medical response for the benefit of area residents. This project was entered into with the cooperation of the Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco.
While basic life support services are provided by volunteer ambulance services, the ALS service is provided through the use of fly cars manned by paid paramedics. This service provides a more rapid response time to the emergency scene and is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
GOVERNOR CUOMO PROCLAIMS SEPTEMBER AS PREPAREDNESS MONTH
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that September is Preparedness Month across New York State, encouraging individuals, families, and businesses to take this opportunity to review their disaster plans and become better prepared for any emergency.
“New York has experienced some of the most devastating natural disasters in our state’s history in recent years, as well as the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil in our nation’s history,” Governor Cuomo said. “This September, I urge all New Yorkers to form emergency plans and make sure they are prepared in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Doing so is an important way to protect your family and can make all the difference in an emergency.”
Preparedness Month is a national effort, now in its ninth year, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps. It is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.
In advance of this month’s observance, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and the Department of Health have been showcasing preparedness information at the New York State Fair. State agencies have also taken multiple steps to increase resiliency, preparedness and response capabilities.
Basic steps to follow in advance of any disaster include having an emergency plan, stocking up on emergency supplies, and remaining cognizant of potential hazards that could impact where you live or visit – including obtaining information through local news outlets during an emergency. New Yorkers should also subscribe to NY- ALERT, the State’s alert and notification system, and download its new mobile app, iAlertz. To subscribe, visit www.nyalert.gov or www.ialertz.com.
New York State has also developed a website to guide citizens to prepare for any type of incident at www.nyprepare.gov. This website serves as a clearinghouse of safety and preparedness information from the State agency websites of the Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Health, the Office of Counter Terrorism, the State Police, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Department of Financial Services, and the Department of Agriculture and Markets, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the American Red Cross.
Governor Cuomo’s Preparedness Month Proclamation can be viewed here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/preparednessmonthproclamation.pdf
For more information, please visit these websites:
New York State’s Aware Prepare Campaign: www.nyprepare.gov
Sign up for NY-ALERT: www.nyalert.gov
Download the NYS Emergency Information Handbook: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/media/documents/2011_EI_Handbook.pdf
Town of Bedford Emergency Management Plan
To view the draft plan, click here.
Westchester County Community Emergency Notification System
In case of a major EMERGENCY, Westchester County would like to contact you. By giving the county your e-mail address or cell phone number, you will become part of their emergency notification system. The county will then be able to provide information to you before, during or after a disaster. Depending on the type of emergency, you might get emails, test messages or automated phone calls about: how to prepare; protecting your family; where to go; steps to recovery.
Sign up by clicking here: http://www.westchestergov.com/cens/ and clicking on the emergency banner at the top of the page. Your information will be kept confidential and ONLY used in a major emergency.
Westchester County's Special Needs Registry
Residents who would need special assistance if they had to leave their homes in an emergency should sign up for Westchester County's Special Needs Registry. The new registry, coordinated by the Department of Emergency Services, is for people with physical or mental disabilities who live on their own. While the database is confidential, it will be shared with local municipalities to use in their emergency planning efforts.
Residents can register by calling 2-1-1, going on-line at www.westchestergov.com/specialneeds or by obtaining an application from the Office of Emergency Management at (914) 864-5450. People are also able to register a family member or friend in need.
Click here to view flyer.
Identity Theft Warning
Identity theft is a crime. If you think you have been a victim of Identity Theft, notify the Bedford Police Department. While the reported crime may not have actually occurred in Bedford, our officers have information to help you report to the appropriate jurisdiction, and more importantly how to take precautions to protect yourself from Identity Theft.
Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. The Bedford Police Department urges you to take precautions to protect yourself from identity theft. Unlike your fingerprints, which are unique to you and cannot be given to someone else for their use, your personal data especially your Social Security number, your bank account or credit card number, your telephone calling card number, and other valuable identifying data can be used, if they fall into the wrong hands, to personally profit at your expense.
Click here to view the Identity Theft Checklist.
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
The Town Board adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) at the March 21, 2006 Town Board Meeting. NIMS provides a consistent approach for governments at the Local, County, State, and Federal level to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, including natural disasters, regardless of cause, size, or complexity.
To learn more about the NIMS concept, http://www.security.state.ny.us/training/nims_documents.php
Hurricane Preparedness and Weather Forecasts
Hurricane season runs June 1 thru November 30. For more information about hurricane awareness and emergency preparation from Westchester County, click here.
For information on Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Watches, click here: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/watch
For information on Warnings, Forecasts and Observations, click here: http://www.weather.gov/nyc
For preparedness information, please visit www.fema.gov and www.Ready.gov.
For the latest information on weather, http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/tropical.php
Be Prepared Have a Family Emergency Plan
Once a disaster has struck is the wrong time to learn that you, your family, or friends are not prepared. Preparing personal and family disaster kits in advance helps ensure you have what you need, and don’t get caught off guard. One component of a family emergency plan is to have adequate supplies on hand in the event you are stranded in your home or are forced to evacuate. Family disaster preparedness should include at least the following:
Water: at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Food: at least enough for 3 to 7 days
...........* non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
...........* foods for infants or the elderly
...........* snack foods
...........* non-electric can opener
...........* cooking tools / fuel
...........* paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items - for babies and the elderly
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Flashlight / Batteries
Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
Cash-some small bills & Credit Cards (Banks, ATMs may not be available for extended periods)
Toys, Books and Games
Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
...........* insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
...........* proper identification / immunization records / medications
...........* ample supply of food and water
...........* carrier or cage
...........* muzzle and leash
For additional information on family disaster planning, visit www.ready.gov .
Remember to monitor all available media sources for updates on the storm.
Safety Tips For Walkers
1) Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk always walk FACING traffic.
2) Dress to be seen. Brightly colored clothing makes it easier for drivers to see you during the daytime. At night, wear special reflective material on your shoes, cap or jacket to reflect the headlights of cars coming towards you.
Tips for Crossing the Street
1) Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks.
2) Stop at the curb, or the edge of the road.
3) Stop and look left, then right, then left again, before you step into the street.
4) If you see a car, wait until it goes by. Then look left, right and left again until no cars are coming.
5) Keep looking for cars while you are crossing, and remember, WALK. Don’t run.
6) If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car and look left-right-left until no cars are coming.
NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation Offers Steps to Reduce/Prevent Problems
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Bedford Police Department telephone: 914 241-3111.