Units and Divisions of the Suffern Police Department


Congratulations to Officers Richard Marsh and Craig Yustein who were recently certified to be a part of Suffern's Bicycle Patrol Unit.

Launched in 2004:

The Suffern Police Department, with the assistance of the Suffern Chamber of Commerce and BMW Corporation launched its Bicycle Patrol Unit in June of 2004. BMW donated the two bicycles to start the unit and the Suffern Chamber of Commerce donated the uniform and equipment costs. The first two bicycle patrol officers are Sgt. Clarke Osborn and Officer Anne Cawley. Below is a picture taken on the day the unit was launched.
The Suffern Police Department strives to bring about true community policing. The Suffern Police Department believes in total community policing where all officers contribute to the community policing concept. We realize that every contact with the public is an opportunity to show residents and visitors a professional police service.

The Suffern Police Department has the advantage of serving a small geographical area where officers know residents and residents know officers - whether through school, sports, community groups or everyday contacts. The Suffern Police Department dedicates two officers to addressing specific community and quality of life issues in a proactive manner, to avoid problems down the road. In addition the department maintains a bicycle patrol unit, a foot patrol in the downtown area and a very active DARE program in several schools in the Ramapo Central School District.

Our Department also provides station tours to local childrens' groups, speakers on a variety of topics for community events, civic associations, and other interested community groups. Please contact us if you are interested in a presentation.

CONTACTS for Community Policing: Officer Louis Venturini.
K-9 Aran

The Suffern Police Departments K-9 Unit was established in 1993. Officer Lou Venturini became Suffern's first K-9 Officer when he teamed up with his partner, K-9 Aran. Aran was a German Shepard who was born and trained in Czechoslovakia. Upon coming to the United States K-9 Aran was further trained at Sukee Kennels in Rockland, Maine. Officer Venturini and Aran proudly served the Suffern Police Department from 1993-2004. During their tenure together they had numerous narcotics and weapons arrests as well as many successful criminal apprehensions. They are also responsible for successfully aiding officers locate missing children and elderly residents. Officer Venturini and K-9 Aran received many awards including the United States Police K-9 Association's "Top Dog Award."

After the terror attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001, the unit served as a search and rescue K-9 at the World Trade Center. K-9 Aran passed away March 30, 2004 but his legacy will remain forever with both his fellow officers and the Suffern community where he was adored by all.

K-9 Hero

In 2004 Officer Venturini was teamed up with his new partner, K-9 Hero. K-9 Hero has already left his mark on our community for his many arrests, apprehensions, and his visits to our schools where he is loved by all of our students. In 2006 this unit received a grant for a new K-9 vehicle from Senator Thomas Morahan and is still in use at this time. The Suffern Police Department and the Village of Suffern proudly sponsor this unit and are extremely appreciative of Officer Venturini and K-9 Hero. "Because everyone needs a Hero!"
The Suffern Police Department Motorcycle Unit was formed in January 2008. The department purchased a Harley Davidson Police Motorcycle for this detail. This unit serves in several important roles for the department including patrol, traffic enforcement as well as parades and community events. Suffern's unit consists of Sgt. John Gloede and PO Glen Wilson who both attended extensive training for this detail.
The Suffern Police Department operates with a full time Detective Bureau who handle the department’s criminal investigations. This highly trained unit has a Juvenile Aid Bureau which it oversees as well which deals with Juvenile crimes and issues. This unit is supervised by Det. Sgt. Ray Sheehan.

Chiefs Message

Welcome to the Suffern Police Department homepage. For the past 100 plus years our department has been providing exemplary service to our community.

About Us

The Suffern Police Department, formed in 1896, presently serves approximately 14,000 residents who reside in a 2.5 square mile village.

Contact Information

Main Office: 845.357.2300
For Emergencies: 911

61 Washington Avenue
Suffern, NY 10901