Spring Valley, NY

Tactics Used

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

Spring Valley is a village of approximately 31,000 residents, located 20 miles north of Manhattan in Rockland County, New York.  Prostitution rings are known to operate in the city and generate a wide range of problems. In an effort to curtail local demand for commercial sex, the Spring Valley Police Department has collaborated with the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and the Ramapo Police Department to conduct at least two street-level reverse stings in the downtown area. One operation, undertaken in October 2008, resulted in the arrest of 15 johns in less than 3 hours. To discourage the men from reoffending, police seized arrestees’ vehicles and released their names to the local media. When asked why the SVPD periodically conducts such operations, Police Chief Paul Modica told The Journal News that “many of the prostitutes and johns are [the village’s] robbery victims. If we can keep them out of the village, we are serving two purposes.”

In June, 2018, police investigated and then conducted enforcement actions to dismantle a prostitution operation run from a house in a residential neighborhood of Spring Valley. Six people were arrested as a result of an ongoing investigation, when the Ramapo Police Department executed a search warrant at a Sherwood Ave. residence. The two women arrested for prostitution, three men were charged with promoting prostitution and creating a public nuisance, one man was accused of patronizing a prostitute.

Key Partners

  • Spring Valley Police Department
  • Rockland County Sheriff’s Office
    • Intelligence Unit
  • Ramapo Police Department

Key Sources

State New York
Type City
Population 26285
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