most recent ‘safe city’ report released by CQ Press (a division of
Congressional Quarterly) and based on crime statistics compiled by the Federal
Bureau of Investigation rated Clarkstown, with approximately 83,000 residents,
as the second safest place to live in the country.
suburban community, with over 22,000 households, has consistently been rated as
among the top five ‘safest’ communities. For the last two years it has been
rated in the second spot.
Supervisor Alex Gromack applauded both the efforts of the 173 officers and the
13 civilian dispatchers that comprise the Clarkstown Police Department and the residents
of the town for the achievement. “Our Town has made and continues to make a
commitment to provide the department with the best available training and
equipment possible but that’s only half the story. Our residents, our civic
associations, our schools, our community organizations have all developed a
good working relationship with the Police Department. Our officers are seen as
more than just ‘cops’. They are a vital and active part of the community. In
Clarkstown, safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said Gromack.
Police Chief Noonan echoed those comments. “The support received from our Town
government and the cooperation we receive from Town residents are all part of
the safety equation. Our officers know there are high expectations out there
and they in turn provide professional and courteous law enforcement service.
Our police are involved with and in the community and that makes all the
difference” said Noonan.
methodology used by CQ Press in determining the recipients of the SafestCity
and Safest Area awards has been in use since 1999. Crimes are weighted under a
methodology that reflects ‘which crimes were of greatest concern to Americans’
according to CQ Press’s report. Three hundred and seventy cities were evaluated
across the country. Mission Viejo of California
was ranked as number 1 nationwide and Clarkstown was the safest city in New YorkState.