Cortland Police Department

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25 Court Street Cortland, New York 13045

Cortland Police Department patrol cars

Welcome to the City of Cortland Police web pages. Our police department is committed to making the City of Cortland a safe place to live and work by providing the highest level of professional service to our community.

Latest News from the Cortland Police Department

Junior Police Academy

The Cortland Police Department will be holding its Junior Police Academy on July 31 - August 11 from 8 am to 3:30 pm each day. This year’s Academy will again be held at the former NYS Armory located on Wheeler Avenue in the City of Cortland.

Enrollment for the Academy will be restricted to 20 recruits. All applicants must be entering 9th through 12th grade. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Our objective is a week of education and fun through a Police Academy format. The two week long curriculum will include various presentations from guest law enforcement agencies, hands-on practices and physical training to give the students an idea of what is involved in becoming a Police Officer.

2017 Annual Report

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Community Forum: Meth Investigation

On March 2nd, 2017 Mayor Brian Tobin and Parker Elementary School Principal Joshua Bacigalupi, hosted a community forum at the Parker Elementary School. The setting was for informational purposes and also offered a question and answer session. The forum was in regards to the fire and meth investigation which occurred in a single family residence across the street from the school. Members of the Cortland City Police Dept., Cortland County Sheriff's Dept., Cortland City Fire Dept., Cortland County DA's Office, and Cortland City School Staff were all in attendance.

One topic brought up by a concerned citizen was what an actual meth lab looks like and how to recognize an active or "spent" one pot lab. Methamphetamine, commonly known as "meth" is made using house hold ingredients and often times made in small beverage containers. If at anytime you come across a bottle with a suspicious substance inside of it, do not touch the bottle and do not hesitate to contact your local police or fire department. Below are just a couple of pictures of "one pot" methods of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Meth containers

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Emergency Business Contacts

The Cortland County Department of Emergency Response and Communications is transitioning to a new Records Management System (RMS) in 2015. The RMS is utilized by all county police departments, fire departments, emergency service agencies, and the Communications Center. Beginning in October 2014, pertinent information will be entered into the RMS so that training can begin in January 2015. The information that will be entered first is business contacts. Accurate and detailed information on local businesses will help first responders responding to emergencies and to make notification in the case of an incident or emergency. The new RMS will not only allow contact information to be retained at the 911 Center but actually be available to the field units on their mobile computers.

NY Alert

NY Alert allows a resident to be informed of any local emergency via telephone, cellular phone, text, fax, or email. Without registering a phone number and/or email address, residents are not advised of an emergency. Register Now or read brochure.

Cortland Police on Facebook & Twitter

The Cortland Police Departments is evolving and adapting to ways to get in touch with the community.  The department has now created its own Facebook page and Twitter account to reach the community through social media.  The Facebook page can be found at and the Twitter account at

The Department realizes that social media is conversation-like. To be really useful, it has to be updated consistently and monitored regularly. This has been the hindrance in starting to use social media before now.  Staffing levels has prevented the Department from dedicating officers to maintain the sites.

It is now common for police departments  to utilize social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  It is the way many people communicate and get their information.  Some people feel comfortable behind the anonymity of the internet.  Some people will tweet a simple message or send a private message on Facebook including a tips, complaints, or comments.

Having a social media presence can benefit the Department and community by:

The most instrumental use of maintaining a Facebook or Twitter page is getting the word out in an emergency, whether it be a storm warning, a missing child, or a criminal on the loose. Posts will include: upcoming events, department and city news, safety tips, missing person alerts, wanted person posters, road closures, attempt to locates, and other warnings. We can respond to a crime in progress or any type of investigation, and will have the ability to access our Facebook or Twitter account and get the information out there as quickly as possible, before a detailed press release can be prepared and disseminated. 

Anyone having a question regarding the Police Department's webpage, Facebook page, or Twitter account can contact  Lt. David Guerrera at 607-758-8301 or or Officer Chadd Hines at 607-753-3001 x214


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Public Meetings

The Police Commission meets the 4th Wednesday of the month, 3:15 pm, Police Department Conference Room.


James Sponaugle, Chairman
Patricia Hansen
Eric Prior