The department is the primary answering point for all 911 calls in the Town. Police, fire and emergency medical services are dispatched through the 911 system.
The full-time Bedford Police Department consists of 40 sworn police officers and 14 full and part-time civilians. The department operates around the clock, seven days a week and provides the latest in professional police protection. It is led by a Police Chief and three Lieutenants who serve as commanders of the patrol, administration and staff services divisions.
Also under the aegis of the Police Department, is the civilian Dog Control Officer who responds to calls regarding lost or misbehaving animals. Call them at 914-666-4855.
Civilian Parking Enforcement Officers patrol the Town's eight business and commuter parking lots to insure compliance with the permit system as well as the hamlet areas to enforce parking restrictions.
School Crossing Guards, also civilian employees, are assigned near the Town's schools where needed.
307 Bedford Road
Bedford Hills, NY 10507
Non-Emergency Number: 914-241-3111
See Something / Say Something
The Town of Bedford Police Department and the New York State Office of Homeland Security want to urge the public that if you see a suspicious package or activity at a bus depot or train station or on a bus or train or a suspicious vehicle notify the bus driver or conductor or the local police or call 1-866-SAFENYS 866-723-3697).
Fire Protection in each hamlet is provided through the efforts of wholly volunteer Fire Departments, which provide round-the-clock protection. Each department serves within a fire district, which is overseen by an elected Board of Fire Commissioners.
Though each Department is primarily responsible for its own district, a strong history of mutual aid exists among our departments and residents can always be assured of maximum protection.
In addition to their serious work, the three fire departments maintain the strong tradition of an annual Fire Department Parade. Traditionally, Katonah’s parade in early June kicks off the parade season for northern Westchester and Putnam counties. Volunteers are vital to the departments and anyone interested should contact any one of the fire departments:
Bedford Village Fire Department located on The Village Green in Bedford Village provides ambulance service as well. Non emergency: 914-234-3133 or Bedford Village Fire Department Site.
Bedford Hills Fire Department at 332 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills has offered volunteer fire protection to the community since 1903. The department, with 90 members led by four fire chiefs, offers a Firefighter Assist Search Team (FAST Team) to neighboring communities as part of the mutual aid system. 914-666-8253 or Bedford Hills Fire Department Site.
Katonah-Bedford Hills Ambulance Corp. at 160 Bedford Road, Katonah (mailing address is P.O. Box 43, Bedford Hills, NY 10507). The corps also offers full and refresher CPR courses to all residents. If you would like to take a course, or consider joining the corps, call 232-5872 or Katonah-Bedford Hills Ambulance Corp Site.
Volunteers are vital to the department and anyone interested should contact the department.
The Bedford Town Board, in February 2001, entered into an intermunicipal agreement with other northern Westchester towns to create an Advanced Life Support (ALS) system which adds an increased level of emergency medical response for the benefit of area residents. This project was entered into with the cooperation of the Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco.
While basic life support services are provided by volunteer ambulance services, the ALS service is provided through the use of fly cars manned by paid paramedics. This service provides a more rapid response time to the emergency scene and is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
Supervisor Chris Burdick discusses emergency preparedness in the Town of Bedford with representatives from Public Works, Bedford Police Department, and Recreation and Parks - July, 2015
September Is Preparedness Month
Preparedness Month is a national effort sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps. It is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.
Basic steps to follow in advance of any disaster include having an emergency plan, stocking up on emergency supplies, and remaining cognizant of potential hazards that could impact where you live or visit — including obtaining information through local news outlets during an emergency.
New York State has also developed a website to guide citizens to prepare for any type of incident at www.nyprepare.gov. This website serves as a clearinghouse of safety and preparedness information from the State agency websites of the Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Health, the Office of Counter Terrorism, the State Police, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the Department of Financial Services, and the Department of Agriculture and Markets, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the American Red Cross.
For more information, please visit these websites:
- NY Alert
- NYS Emergency Information Handbook
- Town of Bedford Draft Emergency Management Plan
Westchester County Community Emergency Notification System and Special Needs Registry
In case of a major emergency, Westchester County would like to contact you. The county will provide information to you before, during or after a disaster. Depending on the type of emergency, you might get emails, test messages or automated phone calls about: how to prepare; protecting your family; where to go; steps to recovery. Sign up for the County’s emergency notification system and clicking on the emergency banner at the top of the page. Your information will be kept confidential and only used in a major emergency.
Residents who would need special assistance if they had to leave their homes in an emergency should sign up for Westchester County’s Special Needs Registry. The new registry, coordinated by the Department of Emergency Services, is for people with physical or mental disabilities who live on their own. While the database is confidential, it will be shared with local municipalities to use in their emergency planning efforts.
Residents can register by calling 211, going online or by obtaining an application from the Office of Emergency Management at 914-864-5450. People are also able to register a family member or friend in need.
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
The Town Board adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) at the March 21, 2006, Town Board Meeting. NIMS provides a consistent approach for governments at the Local, County, State, and Federal level to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, including natural disasters, regardless of cause, size, or complexity.
Be Prepared: Have a Family Emergency Plan
Once a disaster has struck is the wrong time to learn that you, your family, or friends are not prepared. Preparing personal and family disaster kits in advance helps ensure you have what you need, and don’t get caught off guard. One component of a family emergency plan is to have adequate supplies on hand in the event you are stranded in your home or are forced to evacuate. Family disaster preparedness should include at least the following:
- Water: at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
- Food: at least enough for 3 to 7 days
- Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices
- Foods for infants or the elderly
- Snack foods
- Non-electric can opener
- Cooking tools and fuel
- Paper plates and plastic utensils
- Blankets, pillows, etc.
- Clothing: seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes
- First aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
- Special Items for babies and the elderly
- Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes
- Flashlight and batteries
- Radio: battery operated and NOAA weather radio
- Telephones: fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
- Cash: some small bills and credit cards (banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods)
- Toys, books and games
- Important documents in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
- Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
- Tools: keep a set with you during the storm
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Pet care items
- Proper identification, immunization records, medications
- Ample supply of food and water
- Carrier or cage
- Muzzle and leash
Hurricane Preparedness and Weather Forecasts
Hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30.
- Westchester County Hurricane Awareness and Emergency Preparation
- Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Watches
- National Weather Service: NY Warnings, Forecasts and Observations
Bedford Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T)
The Police Department recognizes the need to be able to incorporate and utilize volunteer help during certain emergency or disaster situations. In this regard, the department has implemented a nationally recognized program called Community Emergency Response Team, otherwise known as CERT. Sgt. Michael Callahan has been designated as the coordinator of this program. People interested in this program can email Sgt. Michael Callahan at the Bedford Police Department, or call 914-241-3111.
The following are the forms necessary to apply as a CERT volunteer (click on each form title to view and download):
- CERT Operating Procedures
- CERT Membership Application
- CERT Hold Harmless/Permission Request
Child Car Safety Seat Installation Program Offered by Police Department
The Bedford Police Department conducts child safety seat inspections to determine if seats are installed correctly and meet safety standards. Inspections occur on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Inspections are conducted at Mt Kisco Honda (650 Bedford Road). Inspections and installations are conducted on a first come, first served basis. Child Seats are also available to families that are in need of a child seat and cannot afford one. Inquiries should be directed to the program coordinator to the email of Sgt Nicholas Fusco at 914-241-3111.
Bedford Police Department in conjunction with Project Safe Neighborhoods is again promoting a gun-locking safety program called “Project Childsafe.” This program is designed to place free Master Lock trigger gunlocks in the hands of local residents. These gunlocks may be used with any style firearm.
Further, Project Childsafe is a nationwide program to help ensure safe and responsible firearms ownership and storage, develop by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and supported by a U.S. Department of Justice grant.
Anyone interested in obtaining a free gun-locking device may come to Bedford Police Department and pick one up.
New York State Sex Offender Registry
The Bedford Police Department would like to remind residents that information about Registered Sex Offenders (residing in this community and others) is easily accessible via the New York State Sex Offender Registry. The State website includes valuable information about the law pertaining to this matter, as well as a search feature. Access the Sex Offender Registry.
Rights to Certain Kinds of Compensation and Assistance for Crime Victims
In accordance with NYS Executive Law Article 22, beginning July 26, 2007, every police primary investigation report shall indicate that a victim has been informed of their rights and the existence of all relevant local victim assistance programs and services. Bedford Police Department Rights of Crime Victims Flyer.
Identity Theft Warning
Identity theft is a crime. If you think you have been a victim of Identity Theft, notify the Bedford Police Department. While the reported crime may not have actually occurred in Bedford, our officers have information to help you report to the appropriate jurisdiction, and more importantly how to take precautions to protect yourself from Identity Theft.
Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. The Bedford Police Department urges you to take precautions to protect yourself from identity theft. Unlike your fingerprints, which are unique to you and cannot be given to someone else for their use, your personal data especially your Social Security number, your bank account or credit card number, your telephone calling card number, and other valuable identifying data can be used, if they fall into the wrong hands, to personally profit at your expense.
Safety Tips for Walkers
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk always walk facing traffic.
- Dress to be seen. Brightly colored clothing makes it easier for drivers to see you during the daytime. At night, wear special reflective material on your shoes, cap or jacket to reflect the headlights of cars coming towards you.
Tips for Crossing the Street
- Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks.
- Stop at the curb, or the edge of the road.
- Stop and look left, then right, then left again, before you step into the street.
- If you see a car, wait until it goes by. Then look left, right and left again until no cars are coming.
- Keep looking for cars while you are crossing, and remember, Walk. Don’t run.
- If a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car and look left-right-left until no cars are coming.
Coyote Conflicts - NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation Offers Steps to Reduce/Prevent Problems.