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The investigating detective is assigned the cases for any criminal matters that require an investigation. The detective also assists the other officers in various cases through interviews, the collection of paperwork, acquiring of records through subpoenas and other methods and other investigative tasks, as needed. The division has solved cases with the use of DNA and stays in tune with today’s changing technology regarding the science of solving cases.
Detectives are also responsible for the recording, tracking and execution of most warrants issued by the local town court. They also maintain the department’s Sex Offender Registry information and insure that the registered sex offenders who reside in the town comply with the requirements of their risk level. Detective Slaughter also completes background checks for applicants to the Town of Chester Police Department and for other agencies when requested.
Detective Slaughter may be reached at (845) 469-7000 Ext. 367, and tips may be left at (845) 469-7000 Ext. 370. Tips may be left anonymously, if you wish.
In December 2022, we also began assigning an officer to the Chester Elementary School while school was in session. SRO Perez no longer has to split his time between the two school buildings and both schools are now staffed with officers. Officer Jeffrey DeLuca and Officer Christopher Donato are primarily assigned as the SSOs at Chester Elementary.
Officers Perez, DeLuca and Donato (left to right above) all have years of experience, training and service and are all veterans of the US Armed Forces.
– Officer Perez has been with the Town of Chester Police Department since 2006 and previously worked as a police officer with the Department of Defense Police and the Department of Homeless Services Police. He is a veteran of the US Coast Guard.
– Officer DeLuca is a retired sergeant from the nearby Monroe Police Department and began his law enforcement career in the Village and Town of Chester Police Departments. He is a veteran of the US Air Force and a Chester HS graduate. He returned to the town as a part-time officer in 2017.
– Officer Donato is retired from the New York City Police Department. He is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and a Chester HS graduate. He started working as a part-time officer with the town in 2022.
One of the most important aspects of the School Safety program is the ability of the officer to develop teamwork in fighting many problems that the students of today are facing. The basic outline of duties for the SRO include investigating crimes that occur within the school and on school property, creating a positive role model for the students, creating a link between law enforcement and the students, and being a resource for parents, staff, administration and students in regards to law enforcement and community problems.
The SRO and SSOs work with the school administration, educators and counselors. Each role is dependent on the needs of the situation.
Officer Perez has an office in the Chester Academy and is available for students who seek his assistance. He serves as the department’s link to the school community. He provides instruction on various law enforcement related topics during the school year to both faculty and staff. Officer Perez, Administrative Sgt. Vitale and Chief Doellinger coordinated the planning and implementation of underage drinking deterrent programs, including a mock DWI crash scenario, during the week before the prom.