Mount Vernon, NY

Tactics Used

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

Mount Vernon is the third largest and most densely populated city in Westchester County, New York with a population of roughly 68,000. It is located adjacent to Yonkers, the Bronx, and New Rochelle. Cases of prostitution and child sex trafficking have been reported in the city, and residents have complained to police about prostitution activity in certain areas.

In an effort to reduce demand for illegal commercial sex, the Mount Vernon Police Department has conducted reverse stings since at least 2007. In their efforts, MVPD officers have at times coordinated efforts with their counterparts in the NYPD’s Bronx Division and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety. In August 2014, for example, MVPD and WCDPS officers collaborated to conduct a two-day street-level operation that resulted in the arrest of 15 johns. Thirteen vehicles were also seized. Following their arrests, all of the men’s names were released to the public.

Key Partners

  • Mount Vernon Police Department
  • Westchester County Police Department
  • New York Police Department
State New York
Type City
Population 67882
Location
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