The primary community policing unit in the Department is the Police and Community Together (P.A.C.T.) Unit. The Unit is comprised of a lieutenant, one sergeant, seven beat officers, three conditions officers, two housing officers, four New Rochelle officers, two youth officers, and the Community Resources Coordinator.
Beat OfficersThe beat officers cover seven beats and they act as the liaison between the Department and the New Rochelle community at large. The beat officers, under the direction of the P.A.C.T. Commander and supervisors, interact with school associations and officials, civic associations, business associations, church groups, and youth organizations for the purpose of maintaining lines of communication between the Police Department and the community. The Unit also coordinates these activities along with personnel from the Patrol Unit, Critical Incident Unit, and Criminal Investigations Division.
P.A.C.T. officers are the Department’s DARE instructors. They provide DARE instruction to all of the fifth grade children attending public and private schools in New Rochelle.
The two youth officers assigned to P.A.C.T. have primary responsibility for the investigation of crimes committed by juveniles. Additionally, they monitor locations identified as areas where juveniles congregate and engage in disorderly behavior. Youth officers also investigate cases of missing juveniles and assist Criminal Investigation Division personnel with child protective cases involving sexual or physical abuse committed by family members or legal guardians.
The P.A.C.T. Unit is also the clearinghouse for information and requests for service from the Westchester Family Court, the Westchester County Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services, Crime Victims Assistance Services, and the New Rochelle Board of Education.