Chief Stuart Peenstra has been serving the Seneca Falls community since he was hired as a part-time police officer in June of 1998 for the Village of Seneca Falls Police Department. He was appointed as a full time police officer in October of 1999 and worked for the police department in that capacity until 2006, when he was promoted to the supervisory rank of sergeant. While serving as both a sergeant and police officer, Chief Peenstra was certified as one of the department’s field training officers and served as an instructor for the department’s side handle baton training program as well as serving as a TASER instructor. He also served as the supervisor of the Registered Sex Offender Program for the Village of Seneca Falls, overseeing all registered sex offenders living in the village limits, a position he continued to serve in for the Town of Seneca Falls for a brief period of time while Chief of Police. On December 31, 2011 Stuart Peenstra was sworn in as Interim Chief of Police for the newly established Town of Seneca Falls Police Department. He was appointed as permanent chief of police on June 5, 2012. Chief Peenstra is also a graduate of both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, having attained an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Chief Peenstra received his academy training at the Black River Police Academy and training as a police supervisor from the Monroe County Public Safety Training Center. Chief Peenstra is also a recipient of the Life Saving Award, given to a police officer that goes above and beyond the performance of his or her official duties in order to save an individual’s life.
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