MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The ranks of the Carmel Police Department continue to grow as two new recruits, sworn in last week, are expected to hit the streets next spring after graduation from the police academy in Westchester County this coming May.
Vincent Desantola and Arthur Kloskowski, both 24 years old, were sworn in by Supervisor Ken Schmitt at the Town Board’s Jan. 2 reorganizational meeting.
Desantola is from Wappingers Falls and is a graduate of Roy C. Ketchum High School. He attended Westchester Community College in Valhalla and Marist College in Poughkeepsie where he continues to work toward a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Desantola said his inspiration to go into law enforcement was his father, who was a police officer for 30 years in Mount Vernon.
“I watched him put on the uniform every day my whole life,” he said. “I have always admired the uniform and the duties that a police officer has.”
Desantola is also a veteran, having served in the Marine Corps before receiving an honorable discharge in 2017. He said his military experience was the perfect primer for a career in law enforcement.
“That’s why I served in the Marines,” he said. “It’s the same thing with the police. It’s another way for me to serve.”
Police and fire work run deep in Desantola’s family. One cousin served on the Mount Vernon PD while another, who was an officer in Florida, is now seeking to join a police department in New York State.
“Blue runs deep in the family and so does fire,” he said. “The other half of the family is fire. Guns and hoses!”
Desantola said that while he may be new to Carmel/Mahopac, he didn’t see the transition as a difficult challenge.
“I went to different countries [in the Marines] and had to deal with people where I didn’t even know the language,” he said. “So, coming to a new place like Carmel, at least we speak the same language. I’m very excited to meet new people, the business owners, and protect the community.”
Kloskowski, on the other hand, is local. A graduate of Mahopac High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pace University.
He will be the first police officer in his family.
“It was also something I wanted to do,” he said. “I always saw the involvement in the community that Carmel police had, and I’ve always seen the positive influence they have, and it was something I wanted to do.”
He said he was excited to start his first police job in his hometown.
“I always thought I would end up down in the city starting as an NYPD officer, but I am very lucky and blessed to get to start up here,” Kloskowski said. “I want to go through the academy and learn as much as I can and use those skills when I’m out doing field training. It will definitely be nice to start off my career close to home.”
Schmitt told the new recruits that they are joining a special police force.
“You are really joining an awesome police department; these guys are really amazing,” the supervisor said. “It’s one of the best in the country as far as I’m concerned. It’s a great job and a really rewarding career. We will give you the tools that you need and the training you need to get it done and keep yourself safe. We will prepare you to do a great job and make us proud. We appreciate that you decided to go into law enforcement.”
Schmitt also swore in Carmel PD veteran Stephen Kunze, who was promoted from sergeant to the rank of lieutenant. Schmitt said that Kunze has excelled at every level.
“He’s been a tremendous asset to the Carmel Police Department and done a great job as a patrolman, a detective, and sergeant,” Schmitt said. “He’s gone up through the ranks nicely and done a great job.”
His advice to Kunze: “Continue to do what you’ve been doing.”
In a CPD career that began in 2002, Kunze has won three meritorious police duty awards, two lifesaving awards, 10 commendations for excellent police duty and a distinguished service award. He was also the Mid-Hudson Stop DWI program’s top DWI officer in 2002 and 2012.
“He is very active and very involved. He is respected by his peers and the community as well,” Schmitt said. “He will do an excellent job in the police department as a lieutenant.”