Scarsdale Police Department News Page

Village Honors Police Officers for Quality Law Enforcement

The Scarsdale Police Department’s Police Awards Committee meets twice a year to review recommendations on commendations for its highly trained officers. COVID-19 era awards were determined, but never presented. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, seven police officers and sergeants were properly lauded for their distinctive service for events from March through August 2020. Promotions and new hires were also recognized at the ceremony.Mayor Arest

Mayor Justin Arest said the ceremony was not only to celebrate the department’s achievements, “but also to reaffirm our unwavering support for each of you and our police department. In recent times, we’ve seen a troubling narrative unfold across the nation, including in places like New York, where elected leaders make choices that take what you do for granted and only make your jobs more challenging,” the Mayor said. “As the Mayor of this village, I am proud that our path is markedly different. We recognize the sacrifices you make, the risks you undertake, and the unwavering commitment you show to keep us all safe. Your dedication to our community does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.”

The Mayor promised to support the SPD “wholeheartedly” with the “tools, resources, and respect” it deserves. “Our commitment to you is steadfast,” he said. “We will continue to invest in your success because we understand the integral role you play in maintaining the safety and security of our families and our community at large.”

McGinn Saves a Life

Sgt. Daniel McGinn was awarded a Life Saving Medal because of his quick action in response to a  911 call regarding an unresponsive male on March 26, 2020. McGinn, who was on the scene in under two minutes, initiated CPR and continued life-saving measures until the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel arrived to aid with advanced life support measures. Their joint efforts saved the man’s life.Sgt. Daniel McGinn

Assisting WCPD in a Pursuit

For their assistance of the Westchester County Police Department (WCPD) during an active pursuit of a stolen vehicle on May 27, 2020, Sgt. Eric LoGuidice and Sgt. Brett Purpura received Administrative Recognition Awards and Sgt. McGinn and P.O. Nicholas Kringas earned Command Recognition Awards. The vehicle was traveling near Scarsdale Middle School. McGinn was again first on the scene and attempted to make a felony car stop. The suspect fled, but was stopped again further down Post Road, again fleeing, this time at a high speed. LoGuidice saw the vehicle from his post, but realized following the car at its high rate of speed would create an extreme risk to the public and the police officers. LoGuidice called off the direct pursuit, but another officer,  Mary Fitzsimmons, spotted the vehicle abandoned on Murray Hill Road. Area residents reported they saw the suspect leave the scene on foot heading towards Dolma Road.

LoGuidice led the team of officers and coordinated with WCPD to create a perimeter and team with aviation and K9 assets to help with the manhunt. An outer perimeter was also created with officers from both departments conducting searches. LoGuidice was regularly conducting updates to headquarters, where sightings were being reported and followed up on with Kringas coordinating that effort from the station.

“Sgt. LoGiudice remained calm and composed throughout, which is particularly impressive as he was a new supervisor,” Chief of Police Andrew A. Matturro said. “Sgt. LoGiudice’s leadership and direction led to the felony suspect’s apprehension, without any injuries to the public, law enforcement officers or the suspect.”

McGinn was on foot with the K9 unit assisting communications and tracking in the inner perimeter, helping keep the suspect in a contained area. Sgts. David Rosa and Purpura encouScarsdale PDntered the suspect on Morris Lane and took him into custody. Purpura had begun canvassing the area with more than 40 other law enforcement officers and after systematically searching the area on foot and by patrol car he used the latest updates from headquarters to determine Morris Lane as the next location to check. After spotting the suspect he continued driving out of sight to put the suspect at ease.

“He observed the suspect through the bushes and waited until he was turned away from him,” Chief Matturro said. “At that moment he ran to the suspect’s location and placed him in handcuffs without injury to the suspect or other officers. Officer Purpura maintained control over the suspect until he was properly identified by WCPD personnel and P.O. McGinn.”

StPO Aiden Sullivanopping Potential Larceny

As part of the Auto Crime Task Force, P.O. Aiden Sullivan was conducting a larceny patrol in the middle of the night on July 19, 2020. While in an area that had been the target of numerous recent vehicle break-ins and thefts, Sullivan noticed a parked, occupied vehicle with its engine running and amber lights on. As his car got closer the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed. Sullivan followed and conducted a background check on the Pennsylvania registration, discovering that the car had been reported stolen in New Jersey.

Sullivan radioed his colleagues to advise them of the situation. He was able to stop the vehicle as it turned southbound on the Hutchinson River Parkway. All seven occupants of the vehicle were taken to headquarters for investigation. Sullivan was awarded an Honorable Service Medal.

Stopping a Menace with a Gun

Police offic056b2b0f-c83f-4856-a303-75c8625b7ec0ers Christopher Sordellini and Anthony Mery received Administrative Recognition for events on the afternoon of Aug. 23, 2020, when they responded to a report that a man was menacing others with a firearm on Saxon Woods Road. The man was said to have been pointing the gun at motorists who were “targeting him.” Sordellini located the suspect and after the man refused to show his hands, Sordellini engaged him and wrangled him to the ground. He observed a black handgun magazine in the man’s back pocket.

Officer Mery arrived on the scene as Sordellini was attempting to cuff the suspect. During the struggle, Sordellini saw a black handgun in a shoulder holster under the suspect’s shirt. As the suspect placed his hands near the location of the gun, both officers worked to restrain the man, finally cuffing him. Sordellini secured the handgun and removed the loaded magazine and several 9-millimeter rounds, in addition to a stainless steel folding knife they found on the man.

“The entire process was effective, ending an immediate hazard to the public,” Chief Matturro said. “Both officers are to be commended on apprehending the individual with the minimum necessary application of force in a situation whose outcome could have been exponentially tragic. Officers Sordellini and Mery resolved this incident with restraint and bravery.”

Two Promoted to Sergeant

James Gannon and Michael Coyne were promoted to sergeant.

Gannon is a 2003 Scarsdale High School graduate who received a degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Scranton in 2007. He also has a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan. Gannon is in his 11th year with SPD. He was a patrolman for five years and a detective in the investigations unit for four years. He is currently a department rapid deployment and firearms instructor, while also teaching civilian classes within the community.

Coyne, a graduate of the State of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University, started his career with the SPD in 2013 and has served in many capacities, including firearms and taser instructor, department armorer and field training officer. He is a member of the Motorcycle Unit and operates the Department’s drone.

Appointment to Detective

Justin Wilder, who earned his bachelor’s in accounting and masters in finance from St. Thomas Aquinas College, began his career as a police aide with the SPD in 2009. He served three years as a police officer for the Village of Pelham Manor before coming back to the SPD in late 2019, where he served as field training officer before being appointed detective. He is currently serving as a detective/computer systems administrator.

Five Officers Join the SPD

Anthony Galindo Galindo, Anthony LaRosa, Peter Giannini, Chrisopher Ciotti and Bryan Gunther were officially appointed as police officers.

Galindo Galindo has a degree in computer science from Manhattan College and graduated from the 155th session of the Westchester County Police Academy (WCPA) in May 2023.

LaRosa graduated the 154th session of the WCPA. He served as a police aide and parking enforcement officer in Scarsdale while attending Mercy College to earn a degree in criminal justice. He also previously served as a police officer in White Plains.

Giannini and Ciotti both served for more than eight years in the New York City Police Department, where they earned the rank of detective. Their last detail in the city was the Bronx Narcotics Unit. Giannini attended Mitchell College, Ciotti attended Mercy College.

Gunther is currently attending the 157th session of WCPA. Prior to becoming an officer, Gunther worked in the private sector for Con Edison as an operating mechanic. His brother, Thomas, is a police officer for the Village of Hastings-on Hudson.

About the SPD

The SPD, formed in 1909, consists of 45 sworn police officers — a Chief, three lieutenants, 11 Sergeants, 26 patrol officers and four detectives — 15 school crossing guards, an animal control officer, a police dispatcher, three parking enforcement officers, three civilian records personnel, three police aides and a building maintenance custodian.