YORKTOWN, N.Y. – On the same night that the Yorktown Police Department bade farewell to its longest-tenured investigator, it welcomed two more officers into the fold.
Det. George Davis has called it a career after working for the department for nearly 41 years, the final 37 of them as detective. His last day was Jan. 22.
Police Chief Robert Noble, speaking at the Jan. 15 Town Board meeting, called Davis a “cop’s cop,” saying he was a great influence on many young officers and aspiring detectives, including the future police chief.
“I watched and learned from Detective Davis,” Noble said. “He had no shortage of confidential informants to gather information from; no shortage of contacts from any law enforcement job in Westchester or Putnam counties. Hell, anywhere in New York State, he knows somebody. If you were a perp in this area, Detective Davis was on you.”
Noble said there are “countless commendations” in Davis’ “very thick” personnel file, including Excellent Police Duty awards and a Lifesaving Award.
Davis made many drug and burglary arrests and was also a part of murder and attempted-murder investigations, Noble said. Davis once interviewed serial killer Joel Rifkin, who killed a woman whose body was found in Yorktown in December 1993.
“People come and go in our job, and the job goes on with new officers,” Noble said. “We all hope to have made a positive difference during our respective law enforcement careers… Detective Davis has made that positive difference in our community.”
Davis, a Lakeland High School graduate and U.S. Navy veteran, began his career in September 1977 with the Westchester County Sheriff’s Department. A year later, he joined the Yorktown Police Department, where he stayed until last Tuesday.
“Yorktown has been my love,” Davis said.
He said Yorktown is filled with “good people.” Serving overseas during the Vietnam War, Davis said he received a care package from a Yorktown resident that included local newspapers and boxes of cookies.
“It was never forgotten,” Davis said. “I sent her letters with each box that I got. Another member of Yorktown was watching out for their own. I never had a problem here with any of the residents—other than those who ended up having to come in with me maybe in the back of the car.”
At the Jan. 15 meeting, Noble also welcomed two new officers: Michael Vuoso and Christian Chaparro, both Yorktown residents.
Vuoso began his career with the New York Police Department in 2012. Since then, he has worked at precincts in Manhattan and the Bronx. Most recently, he was on the NYPD’s highway patrol.
In addition to his law enforcement awards, which includes receiving the NYPD Medal of Valor, Vuoso is also an accomplished cellist, having graduated from the Manhattan School of Music.
“I’m very committed to ensuring that the residents here feel safe and continue to have positive interactions with the Yorktown Police Department,” Vuoso said.
Chaparro also comes to the Yorktown Police Department from the NYPD, having worked there since 2016 at a precinct in the Bronx. He graduated from Washingtonville High School and earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Orange County Community College.
“I’m grateful to give back to the community,” Chaparro said. “I’m looking forward to a long and successful career in Yorktown.”
Vuoso’s hiring was approved by the Town Board on Dec. 11 and Chaparro’s on Dec. 18. Both will earn a salary of $55,193.