YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble took a few moments at the Jan. 17 town board meeting to introduce the department’s new hires and to thank community partners for their support.
He presented the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce with a certificate of appreciation for its purchase of a new piece of equipment, a drone, for the department. He also presented a certificate of appreciation to Valley Towing and Transporting and D&B Auto for servicing the department’s motorcycles at no cost. Additionally, Noble said that by donating its time and labor, the businesses recently saved the town up to $1,000; however, Noble said he could not specify how due to the sensitive nature of the task.
Noble introduced three new officers on the verge of either graduating from the academy, or finishing up their field training.
Probationary officer John Battista is currently still in the police academy, but was hired Jan. 6. He grew up in Yorktown and went through the Yorktown Central School District. Battista was on the varsity soccer team and was captain of the varsity baseball team.
After earning a bachelor of science degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland, Battista coached freshman baseball at Somers High School and then went on to become a physical education teacher in the Bronx before joining the Yorktown Police Department.
Noble said Battista is following in his father’s footsteps by joining law enforcement and that the department is proud to have him. Battista thanked his superiors and the board for the opportunity, and his parents for their support.
“It’s an honor to have this position with the Yorktown Police Department,” Battista said. “I’ve had nothing but good experiences here especially with the police force and I’m really looking forward to serving the community and giving back to everyone.”
Daniel Curtis, a lifelong Yorktown resident whose family has lived in the town for more than 50 years, was also introduced. He graduated Yorktown High school in 2010 and volunteered and eventually worked for the Boys and Girls Club. He graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.
His law enforcement career began with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s police department in 2015 He was given the Session 11 Class Academic Proficiency Award for his outstanding academic performance during his seven-month training.
After working out of the Valhalla division for a year and receiving a perfect attendance award, he was hired by the New York City Police Department in July of 2016. Curtis worked there briefly before being hired by the Yorktown Police Department on Dec. 21, and is currently in the field training program, where Noble said he is doing well.
“We look forward to him having a long and productive career,” Noble said.
Curtis thanked the town board, his supervisors and the entire police department before thanking his family and friends, adding that he was proud to stand in front of them as a Yorktown police officer.
“I would like to assure the community that I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities and that I am here for them,” he said. “My goal on every single encounter is to leave the citizens of Yorktown in a better position than they were before. I am excited and really looking forward to serving the community that has given me so much.”
Noble introduced a third officer, James Hannigan, a lifelong resident and 2007 Lakeland High School graduate (and lacrosse player). After attending SUNY Albany and Westchester Community College, Hannigan joined the United States Army Reserves as a military police officer.
In July 2013, Hannigan joined the New York City Police Department, where he held several responsibilities. He resigned Dec. 21, and was sworn in to the Yorktown Police Department the same day. Noble reported that Hannigan has done well in field training and was involved in a few arrests in the month since he was hired.
Hannigan thanked the town board, Yorktown Police Department and Chief Noble.
“I grew up in Yorktown,” he said. “It was always a nice quiet, safe place to grow up [and] to raise a family and I plan on doing my part to keep it that way.”