STONY POINT, N.Y. -- The Stony Point Police Department has an almost 50-year history that began when a group of citizens asked the Town Board to establish a police force.
Before 1967, Stony Point used citizens who acted as constables. Law enforcement was also provided by New York State Police.
Then on Oct. 25, 1967, a state trooper, Stephen G. Scurti of the Stony Point barracks, resigned from state police and became Stony Point's first chief of police.
Scurti was the only full-time police officer then. He worked out of a room in the back of Town Hall on East Main Street.
One year later, the department was composed of Scurti and 11 part-time officers, who worked 8 a.m. to midnight shifts to provide patrol and emergency services.
Demand increased, and in 1971, the Police Department moved to 112 W. Main St. with eight full-time officers and a smaller, part-time complement, along with a few crossing guards.
By June 1972, the department went onto a seven-day, 24-hours-per-day schedule and had grown to 13 officers.
In 1973, the detective bureau was formed, and the department expanded rapidly through the rest of the 1970s.
By 1979, there were 19 full-time police officers, a civilian clerk, crossing guards and several auxiliary police officers.
In 1980, the department moved again -- to its present 79 Route 210 location.
The facility was built on land Eleanor Allison donated in memory of Calvin T. Allison.
In 1980, the Stony Point Police Athletic League was formed by the department to provide activities and special services to local youths.
Over the next decade, the department's Youth Bureau, Stony Point K-9, and DARE program were added. In 1991, a police officer was assigned to the Rockland County Narcotics Task Force, and that same year, the Stony Point department was the first in New York State and Rockland County to become fully accredited.
In 1992, the department marked its 25th anniversary. It had 27 full-time and six part-time police officers, 10 auxiliary police officers and one full-time and three part-time clerical employees.
Today, the Stony Point Police Department has 28 full-time and four part-time staff; and several auxiliary officers. In addition, there are one full-time and two part-time clerical employees.
The department also oversees the dog control officer and crossing guard staff.