'All hands on deck': Poughkeepsie police chief outlines efforts to crack down on gun violence

City of Poughkeepsie officials and police have released more information regarding recent arrests and how they are hoping to continue to crack down on gun violence.

News 12 Staff

Jul 12, 2021, 9:54 PM

Updated 1,068 days ago

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City of Poughkeepsie officials and police have released more information regarding recent arrests and how they are hoping to continue to crack down on gun violence.
City of Poughkeepsie Police Chief Thomas Pape says he believes what went into last week's arrests may help solve recent incidents of gun violence happening in the city.
"It was pretty much all hands on deck for a 48-hour period. That's not just my officers downstairs. That's town of Poughkeepsie police, the aforementioned FBI agents, ATF," he says.
On Thursday, City of Poughkeepsie police arrested and charged 20-year-old Jack D. Ramirez, of Spring Valley, 18-year-old Latrell Pittman, of Poughkeepsie, 18-year-old Adrianna M. Pena, of Hyde Park, and another teenage girl for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon during a traffic stop.
Police say they found two unlawfully possessed, loaded guns, with high-capacity magazines inside.
Ramirez is also wanted in Paterson, New Jersey for intentional murder with a gun.
"As long as I'm mayor for the next 2 1/2 years, I'm going to make sure that we do everything we can do to make this city safe and have the resources and everything these officers need to do this job will happen," says City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.
According to police, in 2021, there have been 33 shootings in the city, including two that were fatal, six with injuries and nine that damaged properties.
They've recovered 25 guns on top of 49 through the recent gun buyback program.
These updates come as city officials confirm a 16-year-old was hit in the arm by gunfire overnight.
"Which is troubling to say the least. And I'm sure we'll have more to say on that at some point in time," says Rolinson.
The City of Poughkeepsie has a cash for guns program, which will give anonymous tipsters hundreds of dollars for any information that leads to the recovery of an illegal gun or the arrest of those with an illegal gun.
All of the defendants from last week's arrest are being held pending arraignment.


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