Caz Chief of Police: Looking back at 2011, ahead to 2012

— Obviously, the TASER School where 11 officers were trained as TASER instructors was a big one, I feel the year went very well - stats are up, such as tickets, but accidents are down.

The officers and the department have embraced a community policing attitude and I feel that the community has responded very positively to this. Such as the donation from SecureIt Tactical for the second TASER.

The new striping on the 2011 Impala is also a visual commitment to the community by the police department. The colors are blue and gold against a traditional black and white police car.

The mayor and village board are, as always, supportive and I feel that my presence at the village board meetings gives the village residents an additional accessibility to me, not just 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As usual, complaints about parking abound, but I feel that with the improvements to Emory Avenue, the new public parking on Riverside Drive, with the new sidewalk to Albany Street, is helping. It just takes a “break-in” period for people and officers to adjust to the changes.

Additionally, a total of five officers have participated in free photography training from Homeland Security and the department has received five new digital cameras one for each of those officers.

This increases our documentation for evidence and successful criminal cases.

Currently, the department is updating the policy and procedure manual as well as the rules and regulations manual and working towards the accreditation process.

The accreditation process is a long term goal. Short term goals would be updating all equipment such as patrol vehicles. We have come a long way, and now have a good foundation, but we are always looking for ways to improve our training and services to the community we serve.

The department does this with the understanding that we also have to be fiscally responsible. The department is constantly looking for grants, free training and using the resources that we already have available to maintain a fiscally responsible department.

I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the village board, the residents of the community, community partners and the officers and civilian personnel that work for the Cazenovia Police department.

Without all of these people working together, the goal of the best police department in not just Madison County, but Central New York would be an impossible feat.

As the Cazenovia Chief of Police, I am but one man, it takes all of us working together to make this happen.

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