West Seneca Police Department

Community Safety

Suicide Prevention Hotline

Crisis Services of WNY

Anyone of any age who is experiencing a personal, emotional or mental health crisis can call 24 hours a day. When you call crisis services you will always speak with a professional counselor or trained paraprofessional volunteer. Our hotline counselors are dedicated to providing the best services to every caller. Our hotline counselors are trained in telephone lethality assessment to assess the level of individual risk and to determine the appropriate level of services. We provide crisis counseling, suicide prevention, support, information and referral. We triage each call in order of emergency so please be patient and stay on the line, your call is very important to us.

Crime Victim/Witness Services

Crime victims may be eligible for compensation from the New York State Crime Victims Board for items such as: lost wages, medical expenses, counseling, funeral expenses, essential personal property, occupational rehabilitation, moving expenses, or crime scene clean-up.

The West Seneca Police Department or the Erie County District Attorney’s Office can help protect you against harassment and intimidation.

For more information:
NYS Office of Victim Services: 800-247-8035 • Website
Erie County Victim/Witness Bureau: 716-858-4640 • Website

Child Safety Seats

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 years and younger. Many of these deaths could be stopped if children were traveling in a properly installed and operated child safety seat. Below are some tips and installation items you should remember if your child is using one of these seats.

  • Children under the age of 4 years-old must be restrained in a federally-approved child safety seat.
  • Children younger than 4 years-old but weighing more than 40 pounds may be restrained in a booster seat with a lap-shoulder belt.
  • Children ages 4, 5 and 6 must be properly restrained in an appropriate child restraint system. It should meet the child’s height and weight recommendations according to the child restraint manufacturer.
  • The safest place to install a car seat is usually the center of the back seat.
  • fasten the harness retaining clip at armpit level.
  • Keep harness straps snug: you should be able to slip one finger between the harness straps and the child’s collar bone
  • Fasten the seat belt tightly and make sure the car seat cannot move more than one inch forward or sideways. It is okay for the top of a rear-facing seat to tip up toward the back of the vehicle.
  • For cars with leather seats, place a thin rubberized pad, like a shelf liner, between the leather seats and the car seat to reduce slippage.
  • Children under the age of 12 years-old should ride in the rear seat away from airbags.
  • Children under the age of 16 years must wear a seat belt while riding in the back seat of a vehicle.

The West Seneca Police Department currently has officers that are AAA-certified child safety seat Inspectors. You can contact our Traffic Enforcement Unit at 674-2280 and set up an appointment to have your installation checked for safety and compliance.

For more detailed information on the installation and use of child safety seats, please visit the NYS Safety Committee site.

Drug Information

The problem of drugs and alcohol is one that has been with our society for generations. The way the problem has been addressed over the years is as varied as it is long. Statistically researchers have shown that a majority of the people that commit crimes, especially ones of physical violence, are under the influence of alcohol or drugs when they commit these offenses. If they are correct one can obviously see the scope of the problem we are faced with.

Below are links to other pages both within and outside of our site that can give you information on the scope of the problem with the various substances that people use to alter their mood. Included on these pages are links to other sites that can help a concerned friend or family member with getting help for someone involved in this activity. The links listed in red will take outside of our site and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. The links listed in blue are within our site and the information contained there has been researched by our webmaster.The information on these pages is in the public domain and references to it are available through the links on each page.

Alcohol

Alcohol consumption in the United States is one of the most common activities found at most social events. In the the year 2000 alone the alcohol industry spent 1.42 billion dollars in revenue on advertising. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for every public service announcement a teenager sees on television about the effects of drinking, they see almost fifty advertisements toting the enjoyment of its use. Taken in moderation, most adults never have any complications from its use. For some however this is not the case.

According to the NHTSA, 17,419 people were killed in 2002 due to alcohol-related automobile crashes. This number accounted for 41% of all the automobile-related deaths in the United States for that year. As a part of our social structure the complications of the use of alcohol increases around holidays. In fact the highest percentage of alcohol-related automobile deaths are found around News Years and the 4th of July. Both of these holidays are major, symbolic social holidays in our country. So it is not surprising that alcohol-related problems increase at these times. This is not the only area where excessive alcohol use causes problems.

The use of alcohol by a suspect in a domestic violence incident is the most common mitigating circumstance in these acts of violence. Research at Wake Forest University has shown a correlation between the use of as little as two drinks a day and the increase of physical aggression by a person. Another area of concern is underage drinking. The use of alcohol by teenagers in this country is still a disturbing problem. Statistically, the median age for a person to start to use alcohol is 15.7 years of age.

For most people, the use of alcohol is an enjoyable and relaxing time. Most medical personnel will tell you that used in moderation, alcohol will not cause any major complications in your life. For those who do not use moderation any of the above problems can come into play. If you use alcohol, use it responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

For more information on different aspects of the problems with alcohol please utilize the links at the bottom of this page.

Club Drugs

One of the faster-growing areas of drug abuse in our society today is with a class of drugs most commonly referred to a club drugs or designer drugs. In terms of drug abuse, this class of drugs remains on the low side as a whole, but we have seen a major increase in their use over the last few years. The major reason behind this increase appears to tie in with the increase of all-night dance parties or raves. Once limited mostly to the college-aged population, we are beginning to see an increase in the use of these substances by high school students.

These drugs are the focus of research at the present time so their exact short-term and long-term physical effects on a person are not totally known. In law enforcement, however, we are aware of some very troubling side issues that come about during the use of these drugs. Many of these drugs are odorless, colorless and tasteless. These properties make it very easy for a person to add these drugs to the alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink of an unsuspecting person and produce an unwanted state of intoxication in that person. Once under this state of intoxication, victims have been sexually attacked by the perpetrator and his or her friends. In light of the fact that the victim usually is not aware of what happened while under the influence of the drugs, these crimes go unsolved and the victim has to live his or her life without knowing how seriously he or she may have been violated and who did it. How can you as a person — or as the parent of a teenager that frequents these events — protect yourself from being unwittingly attacked?

Know where you are going and who you are going with. If you attend a party and are drinking any type of beverage never let it out of your hand. If you dance, give your drink to someone who you trust to protect it the same as you would. Don’t accept any drinks from a person that you do not know. Many times these incidents happen at what are considered innocent house parties. We all think we are friends but in fact there may be a person at the party that is just looking for an opportunity to take advantage of an unsuspecting person.

As a parent, know where your child is going and who they are going with. Have a curfew for when they should be home and monitor it. Check ahead of time to make sure that proper supervision will be at the party your child is going to. Many parents are surprised to find out that their child can go into a bar once they turn sixteen years old and hang with their older friends. It is legal as long as they are not served alcoholic beverages. This is not a good situation for them to be in. Your best defense is talking with your kids and listening to them. Once you have done this, set the rules and expect that they are followed. The danger in these situations is high even if the rate of their occurrence is low compared to other drug use.

Visit the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports website to learn more about club drugs such as ecstasy, GHB, speed and roofies, and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for information about how to talk with your child about club drugs.

Monitoring the Future

Monitoring the Future is a federally-funded study that is done by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. The study surveys the habits of students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade as they pertain to the use of alcohol and drugs. The study has been done each year since 1975 with the results published each year for public consumption.

The study is presently available on the Monitoring the Future website. In addition to the survey the site has many other related articles and websites that generally are some of the most up-to-date research in the area of alcohol and drug habits of teenagers in our country.

Street Light Problems

Is there a street light in your neighborhood not working or malfunctioning?

If you live close to the city of Buffalo along the city line near Seneca Street or Indian Church Road, you should report any street light issues to National Grid.

If you live anywhere else in the West Seneca community, street light issues should be reported to NYSEG.

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