Ulster County Holding Its Own Against Gangs and Drugs, Sheriff Says

Sep 17, 2012

Ulster County is “holding its own” in terms of fighting the gang and drug problem, Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum said.

The sheriff credits the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team – URGENT – created in 2007, with helping to keep a lid on crime.

“When you look at areas around us, Middletown, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, areas like that, they are in a lot worse shape than we are because I believe we started being proactive back in ’07 and I think they were a little later,” he said. “Now they have to have the federal government come down and help them out and I think we can’t relent on any of this.”

Van Blarcum also credited the tough sentencing stance of Ulster County judges in fighting crime.