Elmsford, NY

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Elmsford is a village of less than 5,000 residents, located within the borders of the town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, New York. Despite its small size, local law enforcement have taken a proactive approach to reduce demand for prostitution in the village by conducting periodic large-scale reverse stings.

In July 2007, officers from the Elmsford Police Department assisted their counterparts at the Greenburgh Police Department to conduct a web sting that resulted in the arrest of 14 sex buyers. In January 2008, media outlets reported that “66 people had been arrested during a nine-month investigation by into ads on Craigslist.com that offered sexual services at local hotels” and that “hotels in the town of Greenburgh, city of Rye and villages of Rye Brook and Elmsford were used for the hookups between March and December 2007.” The identities of the individuals arrested were not released, but law enforcement stated that “the men snared in the roundup included medical professionals, business owners, real estate developers and civil servants.”


Key Partners

  • Elmsford Police Department
  • Greenburgh Police Department
  • Rye Police Department
  • Rye Brook Police Department
  • Westchester County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

State New York
Type City
Population 4769
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