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Chief of Police

Chief Stuart W. Peenstra is the Chief Executive Officer of the Seneca Falls Police Department and is the final authority in Department policy, operations, and discipline. The Chief of Police is accountable to the elected Board of the Town of Seneca Falls.

Ensures that the Department’s Mission is executed efficiently and effectively. Creates a vision of the desired future state of the Department. Develops strategic goals and objectives. Empowers and leads subordinates Plans, organizes, directs, staffs, coordinates, and controls all Departmental functions. Reports to the Town Supervisor and elected officials
Chief Stuart Peenstra pursued academia having attended SUNY Canton in 1992 where he obtained an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNY Potsdam in 1995.

After college, Chief Peenstra worked construction while pursuing his dream of becoming a Police Officer. In 1997, Chief Peenstra was provided the opportunity to sponsor himself in the Black River Police Academy in Watertown, NY. After graduating from the Police Academy, Chief Peenstra began working part-time for the Skaneateles Police Department and summers for the New York State Park Police shortly after that. In June of 1998, Chief Peenstra was hired part-time as a Police Officer in the Village of Seneca Falls, where he eventually was employed full-time the following year.

In 2005, Chief Peenstra was selected as one of Seneca Falls Police Departments’ first official DCJS trained Field Training Officers. Chief Peenstra was promoted to Sergeant in 2006, where he spent his career before being promoted to Interim Police Chief in December 2011. He was appointed Police Chief in June 2012.

Chief Peenstra has been professionally recognized with a 2008 life-saving award; for implementing the department’s Taser program in 2012 to present; he was appointed NYS Intelligence Center (NYSIC) Homeland Security Field Intelligence Coordinator for Seneca County in 2012 to present; initial department accreditation in 2014 and then reaccredited in 2019; implementing the Seneca Falls Central School District School Resource program and became a certified School Resource Officer in June 2015; NYS Police General Topics Instructor. Chief Peenstra was also a main component in establishing Crisis Intervention Training for officers in Seneca County and developing a Seneca County Crisis Intervention Team. Chief Peenstra also serves on numerous committees for various community partner agencies. I am honored to serve this “wonderful life “community; where women’s rights were first established and will continue to do so with integrity, respect, and most importantly professionalism.

Road Patrol
Criminal Investigation
School Resource Officer