The Village of Greene Police Department was officially founded in 1967 with the appointment of its first full-time officer. That officer, who was Greene's first chief of police, was Morris "Moe" Eccleston. Moe served as Village of Greene police chief from 1967 until 1981, when he left to become the sheriff of Chenango County, where he would serve until 1991 before retiring.
Current Chief of Police, Steven Dutcher, took the helm in 2004 after serving as the full-time night patrolman under Hitt for two years. Currently there are five sworn officers on the police department's books, as well as a part-time secretary/grant writer.
Chief Steve Dutcher maintains one full-time K-9:
Mina is a certified full-time narcotics K-9
Our K-9 officer has made many arrests, and has assisted the New York State Police and the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department with Vehicle and Property Searches.
Our K-9 officer attends training every Tuesday at Southern-Tier K9 in Binghamton, New York.
A word from our K9 Officer:
No matter where we travel in the United States, I hear working K9 Officers consistently making the same comments regarding the problems relating to their section. The first and foremost complaint of all is that of funding.
Second in line is how the section is administered. The focus of this article is to assist those in administrative positions to better understand the needs of their K9 teams. A better understanding will not only go a long way towards improving the morale of our unit, it will also increase the performance of your teams.
When a department initiates a dog section it automatically increases its vulnerability to law suits. It only makes sense, when you are using resources such as dogs to make arrests, you are going to become susceptible. Your most major defense in this regard is to put yourself into a position where the quality of teams which you have on the street are of the highest caliber.
A major number of departments I have seen place their dog teams on the bottom of the priority list for funding, yet use their teams 24 hours a day. As a result, the officers learn to get by with equipment that is outdated, and are not given the opportunity to go on advanced training programs that would enhance their abilities. This lack of funding does not come as an intentional effort to keep K9 teams on a bare bones budget. Often it is due to the simple fact that the funding just isn't available.
When the officers try to obtain funding for training or a particular training aid, the requests are often denied simply because the officer in charge feels there is a greater need for the funding elsewhere, or because he is under a misconception of what the needs of the unit are. Too often there is no real communication between the members of the unit and the administrator. We here at the Greene Police Department are fully funded by the handler who owns and works with the K9 everyday.
Here is a selection of links to other K-9 information associations
Click here for nytroopers.com
Assisting Other Police Agencies
As with any other Police Department, the Greene Police have in the past, and continue to, assist other police agencies in Vehicle traffic stops and searching for lost persons. All this is done with the help of the Greene Police K-9 unit. The Greene Police K-9 unit has assisted in the recovery of persons lost or who have committed a crime and tried to flee. Such searches include building searches, school searches locating drugs, the search of vehicles.
The Greene Police have aided in searches for the following departments and agencies:
It is our Goal at the Greene Police department to serve our community and the agencies that request our assistance.