If you want to ensure the safety of police officers everywhere, there is one simple thing you can do to help.

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The number one cause of death among on-duty law enforcement officers is from traffic-related incidents. The amount of officers lost from being hit or struck by an oncoming or passing car is far higher than it should be in New York State. Drivers texting, speeding, or not moving over for emergency vehicles is often the cause.

New York's 'Move Over Law' was designed to protect all law enforcement officers AND emergency responders on the roads. Unfortunately, roughly 67% of the public isn't aware they are required to SLOW DOWN and MOVE OVER when they see a vehicle with flashing lights at the side of the road.

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Whenever you see lights, vests or reflectors while on the road, you're advised to do the following.

  1. Check for traffic around your vehicle
  2. Slow down
  3. Move over when it is safe to do so

You should always use care when passing an emergency vehicle. This includes police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, construction and maintenance vehicles.

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The Move Over Law actually applies to both sides of the roadway as well. Just because an officer may be on the side of the road in the opposite lane, doesn't mean you shouldn't slow down when passing them.

Visit the New York State Sheriff's' Association's website to learn other ways to protect the men and women of our law enforcement.

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Utica, NY Police Department's Top Ten Most Wanted

The City of Utica Police Department in Utica, New York has released its Top Ten Most Wanted List for the month of February 2022.

Several of those listed have previously been featured in separate posts about individual crimes, on a previous wanted list, or as the Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers Wanted Person of the Week.

The reader is reminded that all persons, either suspected of or arrested in connection to, a crime, are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of the individuals listed is asked to call police or the local Crime Stoppers.

The Utica Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division can be reached at: (315) 223.3510.

Calls, e-mail, and messages may also be left anonymously with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers by calling: 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS), by visiting www.mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com, or by using the P3 Tips mobile app. All information received by Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is 100% confidential.

Utica Police Officers working Downtown Utica in the 40s and 50’s

Utica Police officers were out patrolling Downtown Utica "back in the day" See if you can guess the locations from the 1940's and 1950s.