Scarsdale Police Department Sections

The Village of Scarsdale Police Department consists of 45 full time Police Officers, 9 civilian employees and 14 School Crossing Guards. The Police Department is divided into three sections, each dealing with specific functions within the department.

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Police Captain

Captain Thomas Altizio is second in command of the Department. The Captain oversees all divisions within the Department and is in charge in the absence of the Chief of Police. Captain Altizio has 28 years of law enforcement service. He is a graduate of the 214th Session, FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and possesses a B.S. degree in Organizational Management from Manhattan College. Captain Altizio serves as the department’s Public Information Officer and is responsible for media relations.

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Investigations & Support Services Sections

Detective Lieutenant Edward Murphy is the Commanding Officer of the Investigations and Support Services Sections. Detective Lieutenant Murphy started his career with the Mount Vernon PD in 1990 before joining the SPD. He is a graduate of the 249th session of the FBINA and the LEEDS Program at Princeton University. He has served as an FTO, Patrol and Special Operations Sergeant and the Commanding Officer of the Patrol Section. The Investigation Section is tasked with conducting investigations relating to crimes against persons and property. In addition they perform crime analysis tasks, and coordinate youth and senior programs. Along with his duties of leading the Investigations Section, Detective Lieutenant Murphy is in charge of the Support Services Section, which is responsible for the administration of the National and State Accreditation Programs, the scheduling and training of all personnel, and the implementation and maintenance of all information technology applications and equipment within the Police Department.

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Patrol Section

Lieutenant Joseph Dusavage is the Commanding Officer of the Patrol Section. Members of Patrol constantly and alertly patrol the entire Village on a twenty-four hour basis. The Section is divided into 4 squads which utilize a fleet of 8marked patrol vehicles and 7 specially outfitted bicycles. The dedicated traffic unit utilizes 2 motorcycles, 2 unmarked police vehicles and 4 marked traffic vehicles. An Incident Command vehicle equipped with desks, communications equipment, computers, maps and generators is available for emergency situations. Patrol responds to emergency calls for service, operates the communications system, conducts school crossing and animal control operations and is responsible for emergency planning and coordination of special events. Patrol officers answer an average of 12,900 calls for service and field thousands of informational requests and calls for general assistance annually. Lt. Dusavage started his career in Law Enforcement 1994 with the Putnam Valley Police Department before coming to the Scarsdale Police Department in 1997. He is a graduate of the 264th session of the FBINA and also a graduate of SUNY Plattsburg with a degree in Criminal Justice. He has completed the IACP Leadership on Police Organizations Course. He is involved in many aspects of training and has served as an FTO, Department Armorer, Head Firearms instructor, patrol sergeant and Special Operations Sergeant.