Confirming Mayor Frank Catalina’s statement over the weekend that the Peekskill Police Department would be sending personnel to Dallas in a show of support for that city, Peekskill Chief of Police Eric Johansen said Monday that three members of the department’s honor guard will attend memorial events in Dallas on Thursday.
“Captain Paul Astrologo and officers Brandon Kruithof and Chatoyer Woodland will leave for Dallas Wednesday and return Friday after attending memorial events on Thursday,” Johansen said. “All three are members of the honor guard and will be sharing a room.”
Johansen said that due to the generosity of companies such as Jet Blue and various hotel chains, he estimates the cost of the trip will be no more than $2,000 to the city.
Deputy Mayor Drew Claxton said while she expects the trip to be discussed at tonight’s Common Council work session, she does not anticipate any disagreement about sending personnel to Dallas.
“I don’t think that it is going to be controversial because everyone on the council is upset about all the lives that have been lost in the past few weeks,” Claxton said. “We understand the importance of the lives that have been lost at the hands of poor policing and we also understand the importance of the lives that were lost at the hands of a gunman who apparently had some serious issues.”
Claxton added that the subject of whether or not the mayor has the power to direct the police department to travel to Dallas is also likely to be raised at Monday night’s meeting.