Sr Citizen Emergency Watch Program

The  Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department has initiated a new program to assist seniors living in the Town of Poughkeepsie.  Having seniors in our community that do not have family or friends checking up on them regularly has led the police department to develop a “Senior Citizen Emergency Watch Program”.

This program allows the police department to document in a computer database the names of senior citizens, where they reside, and important contact information. In addition, information concerning potential special needs during an unusual inclement weather event or natural disaster will be on file. Police officers will be assigned to make home visits as manpower and circumstances permit, to see if the senior citizen is in need of any special assistance.

Many times police are called to check on a senior citizen’s welfare and there is no answer at the door.  The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is committed to making contact with the resident and at times officers have to force entry into the residence.  By filling out the “Senior Citizen Emergency Watch Program” contact form with emergency names and contact telephone numbers, police officers can first contact someone to see if they know of a reason the senior citizen may not be answering the door.

Emergency contact information is also vital in the event a senior citizen is ill or has fallen and has to be taken to a hospital. The designated contact person(s) can be notified and answer important medical information.

Senior citizens or their relatives and friends are encouraged to fill out the contact form.  Click here for a printable copy of the Senior Citizen Emergency Watch Program Form.  A link to this form is also posted on the homepage  under “Useful Links”.  Contact forms may also be obtained through the Town of Poughkeepsie Town Clerk, Recreation Department or at police headquarters.

If you or someone you know is a candidate for this program, you may also contact Lt. Brian Wagner, Community Policing Officer, at 845-486-7845, or to obtain the form or to inquire further about this program. Participation in this program is completely voluntary. Forms are to be completed and returned to:

The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department
Attn: Community Policing
19 Tucker Drive
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603