Cortland Police Department

Chief's Office

Chief of Police, F. Michael Catalano
Deputy Chief of Police, Paul A. Sandy
Dept. Secretary, Mrs. Diane L. Ferri (607) 758-8302

 

Chief of Police, F. Michael Catalano

Chief Catalano began his career in 1980 as a Correction Officer with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office. In 1981 he was appointed a County Police Officer with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office and completed Basic Police Officer Training in Binghamton, NY in 1982. In 1984 Chief Catalano transferred from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office and began his career with the City of Cortland Police Department. Chief Catalano served in the ranks as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Uniform Division Lieutenant and Deputy Chief of Police. He was promoted to Chief of Police in August 2009.

Chief Catalano is a life long resident of Cortland and a 1977 graduate of Cortland Senior High School. He holds an A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Tompkins Cortland Community College and a B.S. degree in Community Human Services from SUNY Empire State College. Chief Catalano graduated from the FBI National Academy’s 195th Session, Quantico, Virginia, in 1998. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, the Central New York Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates, and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Deputy Chief of Police, Paul A. Sandy

Deputy Chief Sandy was appointed as a Patrolman for the City of Cortland Police Department on November 19, 1985, where he later became one of the founding members of the department’s Tactical Response Unit and later initiated the Bicycle Patrol. Deputy Chief Sandy was promoted to the rank of Uniform Sergeant in 1993 and then reassigned to the Detective Bureau in 1995, as a member of the Cortland County Drug Task Force. Deputy Chief Sandy remained in the Detective Bureau until his promotion to Detective Lieutenant in 2003, where he became the agency’s Public Information Officer and Field Information Officer within Counter Terrorism Zone 6. On August 28, 2009, he was promoted to Deputy Chief. Throughout his law enforcement career Deputy Chief Sandy has received number awards, letters, and commendations from local, state, and federal agencies.

Deputy Chief Sandy has been a lifelong resident of Cortland County. He graduated in 1980 from McGraw Central School and attended Oswego State University, where he received his BA in Criminal Justice, with a Minor in Forensic Science, in 1984. Deputy Chief Sandy later received his Master Degree in Labor Policy Studies in 2002 from SUNY Empire State College. In 2005, he graduated the 220th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Deputy Chief Sandy is a member if the FBINA Associates, where he serves as Sergeant at Arms of the New York/Eastern Canada Chapter. He is also a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators and President of the Blue Knights International motorcycle club, New York Chapter XXIX. Deputy Chief Sandy is in the process of joining the Central New York Association of Chief’s of Police, New York State Association of Chief’s of Police, and International Association of Chief’s of Police. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for 7 Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse and is currently on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities.

Deputy Chief Sandy enjoys spending time with his family and fundraising for charity, specifically the March of Dimes and Special Olympics.