The Croton Police Department has not in the past, nor will it, inquire about an individual’s immigration status unless the status is important to a criminal investigation. Enforcement of Federal immigration law is the responsibility of the Federal Government and its various enforcement agencies. Croton’s Police Department’s practices are designed to promote mutual respect and to maintain an open dialogue with the community.
The Croton Police Department policy which documents its current and past policy is as follows:
It is the policy of the Croton-on-Hudson Police Department to not inquire about a person’s immigration status, unless the status is important to a criminal investigation. As municipal police officers, the Department members are not authorized to detain or arrest a person based on their immigration status alone. The Department will cooperate with immigration authorities on detainers where there is a judicial criminal warrant, or cases where there is probable cause that there are criminal offenses involved, including terrorism offenses. Department members are not authorized to stop, question, or arrest an individual based on a civil immigration warrant, administrative warrant, or an immigration detainer. (Note: Immigration Detainers are not criminal warrants issued by a judge, and may not provide sufficient basis to detain an individual or to prolong the detention of an individual detained for other reasons).