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The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.

     

    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

    Phone:
    (845) 331-0080

    City of Kingston Police Commission

    Latest updates

    - The Police Commission has a new vacancy to fill an existing seat. Applications can be found here.  

    - The Police Commission held a public forum on September 9. Watch the video here

    - Shaniqua Bowden has been appointed to the Police Commission. Read the announcement here.

    - Link to Resolution 116 of 2020 Police Accountability 

     

    Meet the Commissioners

    Steven T. Noble, Mayor (Chairperson)

    Brad Jordan (Commissioner-5/31/2022)

    Vacant (Commissioner-5/31/2022)

    Minya Dejohnette (Commissioner- 5/31/2024)

    Shaniqua Bowden (Commissioner-5/31/2024)

     

    Function and Duties of the Police Commission

    • Hiring police officers
    • Recommend disciplinary action
    • Recommend dismissal 
    • Approve promotions and raises
    • Approve all in-service training
    • Approve time off for personnel 
    • The option to require a doctor’s note for paid sick leave or require a physical exam and the ability to choose the physician. 
    • The approval of PTO for the PBA Union president to attend annual meetings

     

    File a Complaint

    KPD Citizen's Compliment Complaint Form (downloadable/fillable pdf)

    KPD Online Compliment/Complaint Form

    Citizen's Compliment Complaint Form Brochure

    Ulster County Sheriff's Office Complaint Form

    New York State Police Complaint Form


    About the Complaint Process: When a complaint is filed against an employee of the Kingston Police Department, the Deputy Chief of Police is responsible for investigating, gathering and reviewing any and all documentation, pertaining to the complaint. In cases where the complainant is available, the Deputy Chief will interview the complainant for any additional details. The Deputy Chief will then prepare a summary that will be reviewed by the Chief of Police. The Chief will then submit the files to the Police Commission, which will conduct their own review and make a determination as to the status of the complaint.  

    In most cases, the following statuses are used:

    Unfounded—complaint or incident is false or not factual.

    Exonerated—complaint or incident did occur but the employee’s actions were lawful and proper.

    Not Sustained—complaint or incident is not supported by sufficient evidence of misconduct by department personnel.

    Sustained—complaint or incident is supported by sufficient evidence of misconduct by department personnel.  

     

    Disciplinary Action & Criminal Charges

    If a police officer commits a crime, the case will go to the District Attorney and depending on the details of the criminal offense, it may be transferred to the State Attorney General. 

    If the police commission decides that an employee of the KPD has acted in a manner warranting disciplinary action or dismissal, as per the PBA (Police Benevolent Association) contract, the officer in question can appeal the decision. The decision will then go into arbitration where an independent arbitrator will make the final determination as to whether the KPC's decision will be upheld or dismissed.

    This process can take up to a year. During this time, the officer may be on desk duty, on paid leave, or may patrol from time to time if there is a staff shortage. The PBA contract requires that a certain number of officers patrol during every shift. This entire process is mandated through the current PBA contract and negotiated during collective bargaining.

      

    Upcoming and Archived meetings

    - Latest commission meeting (11/18/20) can be found here

    - Agendas and recordings can be found at: https://kingston-ny.gov/Agendas

     

    Relevant Documents

    City of Kingston Charter

    Collective Bargaining Agreement City of Kingston & PBA Union contract

    Accountability legislation

     

    FAQs

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    Contact the Commission

    Email: policecommissioners@kingston-ny.gov

    Mayor Steven Noble, 845-334-3902   

    Commissioner Minya DeJohnette, Secretary, 845-481-0793

    Commissioner Brad Jordan, 845-590-3040

    Commissioner Shaniqua Bowden, bowdenshaniqua@gmail.com