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Thank you for 38 years of service!! We wish you all best in your retirement! Stay safe!

Thank you for 38 years of service!! We wish you all best in your retirement! Stay safe!Well done Sister. Dispatcher Bonnie Wright retired after 38 years of service to both the Town of Andover, MA and Georgetown. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for 24 years of service!! We wish you all of the best and every success in your next endeavors!

Thank you for 24 years of service!! We wish you all of the best and every success in your next endeavors!Congratulations to Sgt. Scott Thorsen on his well-deserved retirement! Sgt. Thorsen has served our department and our community for nearly 24 years and will be greatly missed! Please help us thank him for his service and wish him a happy and healthy retirement! ... See MoreSee Less

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Jim Bedinger and Jorge Mendoza are honored to be attending the Texas Association of School Resource Officers Annual Conference, which is being held in in San Marcos from July 7 - 10, 2024.

Jim Bedinger and Jorge Mendoza are honored to be attending the Texas Association of School Resource Officers Annual Conference, which is being held in in San Marcos from July 7 - 10, 2024. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jim Bedinger and Jorge Mendoza are honored to be attending the Texas Association of School Resource Officers Annual Conference, which is being held in in San Marcos from July 7 - 10, 2024.

Jim Bedinger and Jorge Mendoza are honored to be attending the Texas Association of School Resource Officers Annual Conference, which is being held in in San Marcos from July 7 - 10, 2024. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations! Stay safe!Today Officer Taylor Warmbier celebrates five years at the Appleton Police Department. Join us in congratulating Taylor on his milestone anniversary! 🎉 ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations! Stay safe!Congratulations to OFFICER Daniela Alarcon-Medina who promoted from CSO this past Wednesday, after successfully graduating from the Academy.

Officer Alarcon-Medina grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but moved to Sacramento, California when she was twelve years old. In high school, she joined the Citrus Heights Police Department Explorer program and it is there that her interest in law enforcement was born.

Officer Alarcon-Medina went on to attend Sacramento State University where she received her bachelor's degree in criminal justice. In 2022, she joined our department as a CSO before pursuing her dream of becoming a police officer.

In her free time, she enjoys the great outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

Officer Alarcon-Medina is the first in her family to pursue a career in law enforcement, and thrilled to continue serving the City of Fairfield.
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Thank you for 40 (!!!!!!) years of service! Enjoy retirement and stay safe!

Thank you for 40 (!!!!!!) years of service! Enjoy retirement and stay safe!Police Chief Paul Sandy Announces Retirement

Police Chief Paul Sandy announced his retirement Monday. He will be closing out a four-decade career of distinguished service on July 31, 2024. He has worked in many capacities within the Cityof Cortland Police Department beginning as a patrolofficer in 1985 and culminating in appointment as Police Chief in 2021.
"We are grateful for Chief Sandy's dedicated service to the city and its police department," said Mayor Scott Steve "Chief Sandy has had a profound impact on the community. He is the first to offer help wherever he is needed and his reliable presence will be missed."
Reflecting on his decision to retire, Chief Sandy expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve the city and thanked the men and women of thepolice department for their hard work and dedication. He also extended his appreciation to city officials, community leaders, and residents for their support throughout his career.
"I loved my job and did my very best to protect the citizens of this community and Cortland County, as well as my fellow officers," Chief Sandy said. "Looking back on my career it has been an amazing adventure and I met truly spectacular officers over the years, who it has been an honor to work alongside. The citizens of Cortland have truly wonderful officers working for them, who are dedicated to the profession. While I will always be available to assist the future command, it's time to step back and spend more quality time with my family."

Chief Sandy noted with pride that serving the community in law enforcement runs in the family. His son, Sgt. Kyle Sandy is a Cornell University Police Officer, his son Sgt. Cody Sandy is a Police Officer in the Cortland County Sheriff's Office, and his daughter-in-law Neena Testa is a Sheriff's Office K9 Officer.

His tenure as Chief, which began March 20, 2021, has been marked by numerous initiatives that will have a lasting impact. Under his leadership, the department launched several community outreach programs aimed at fostering stronger ties between law enforcement and residents. He also spearheaded efforts to modernize departmental technology and improve officer training, ensuring that the Police Department remains at the forefront of law enforcement practices.

Mayor Steve said he valued the working partnership he has had with Chief Sandy, and the resulting improvements and accomplishments including:
-Instituting permanent shifts for the Patrol Division; increasing the number of Patrol Officer's; placing two more Patrol Officers on each shift; and bring on three new K9 partners to continue the program.

-Addressing the narcotic sale, use and overdose crisis through the revitalization of the Cortland County

-Drug Task Force and reassignment of personnel; providing crisis intervention training to help officers engage and assist those in crises due to mental illness, substance abuse and trauma.
-Enhancing the department's capabilities through expanded instruction and training programs, and securing grant funding for improving law enforcement technology and equipment assets including body worn cameras.

The city will undertake a national search for Chief Sandy's successor while also considering whether to promote from within the department. Mayor Steve said that all applications must be submitted through the Cortland County Personnel/Civil Service Department which will forward qualified applicants to the city. As outlined in the City Charter, the Police Commission will review and evaluate the applicants and submit to the Mayor a list of recommended candidates.

More information about Chief Sandy:
Education: Chief Sandy has an extensive educational background, beginning with a Regents Diploma in Math, Science, and Business from McGraw Central High School in 1980. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Public Justice with a Minor in Forensic Science from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1984. He furthered his education with a Master of Arts in Labor Policy Studies from the State University of New York at Empire State in 2002. His dedication to continuous learning culminated with his graduation from the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in 2005, wherehe earned graduate credits from the University of Virginia.

Career: Chief Sandy's career with our police department began in 1985 as a Uniform Patrol Officer. His commitment to justice and community safety quickly propelled him through the ranks. He served as a Uniform Sergeant from 1993 to 1995, then as a Detective Sergeant until 2003. His leadership skills and expertise in investigations led to his promotion to Detective Lieutenant, a position he held until 2009 when he became the Deputy Chief. In 2021, he was appointed Chief of Police, a role in which he has served with distinction until his retirement. Chief Sandy has been an integral part of the Cortland County Drug Task Force since 1995 and played
a key role in the Tactical Response Unit from 1988 to 1996, including serving as its commander. His strategic vision and operational acumen have been instrumental in addressing critical issues and enhancing public safety.

Professional Affiliations: Throughout his career, Chief Sandy has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations. He has been a member of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) since 2005, serving in various leadership roles, including President of the New York State &Eastern Canada Chapter in 2013 and Treasurer from 2019 to 2023. His affiliations also include the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI LEEDA), the New York State Chiefs of Police Association, the Central NY Chief of Police Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Community Service: Chief Sandy's commitment to community service is equally noteworthy. He has served on the boards of Catholic Charities and 7VCASA, been involved with the March of Dimes since 1999, coached youth soccer, and supported the New York State Special Olympics for nearly two decades. His contributions have strengthened the fabric of our community and inspired many.

Honors and Awards: Chief Sandy has received numerous accolades for his outstanding service, including the Edward F. Moore Leadership Award from the FBINAA in 2016, the NYS Special Olympics Award in 2002, and the Lawman of the Year award from the Cortland Elks Club in 2001. His exceptional service has also been recognized through letters of commendation from various distinguished officials and organizations.
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Thank you! Stay safe!Today marks the beginning of the 4th Greene County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Academy! 🚔

These dedicated Detention Officers have started the journey of becoming Deputies. Join us in wishing them luck as they begin their studies and training. 💪

“I’m proud of this group, and am excited to see them continue to develop their careers here at the Sheriff’s Office” – Sheriff Arnott

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What is the difference between a fixed-rate and an adjustable-rate mortgage?

On a fixed rate mortgage, your interest rate will stay the same for the life of the loan. Your monthly principal and interest payment will not change. On an adjustable-rate mortgage, your interest rate will be fixed for a certain time period (usually 5 or 7 years) and then will fluctuate every 6 months after this period based on market conditions.

For more information and to learn about our ARM Promotion, please visit: https://nationalpolicecu.com/arm-promotion/.

What is the difference between a fixed-rate and an adjustable-rate mortgage?

On a fixed rate mortgage, your interest rate will stay the same for the life of the loan. Your monthly principal and interest payment will not change. On an adjustable-rate mortgage, your interest rate will be fixed for a certain time period (usually 5 or 7 years) and then will fluctuate every 6 months after this period based on market conditions.

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Thank you for 25 years of service!! All the best and every success in your retirement! Stay safe!

Thank you for 25 years of service!! All the best and every success in your retirement! Stay safe!Well done Brother. Police Sergeant Mark Gorbe has retired after 25 years of service in the Dearborn Police Department. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fear Is Our Enemy

Fear can sometimes play a disproportionate role in your life and in your decision making.  You may make choices, or worse, not make choices for the sole purpose of avoiding situations that cause worry or fear.

When fear takes up an unhealthy amount of space in your life, it can suppress your desire to learn new things.  It can intimidate you into believing that you may not be up to facing the challenges that you inevitably experience when living your life.   It can keep you from meeting new people and it can keep you from taking the necessary steps you need to take in order to better understand your environment and everything it comprises.

Fear can flat out paralyze you and prevent you from moving forward, from acting on your dreams, and from pursuing the things that you would otherwise be passionate about.  Fear can present a very real barrier to many of the key components of a fulfilling life, such as happiness, peace of mind, enjoyment, enthusiasm, and love.

Today, possibly more than ever before, fear of each other is front and center.   As a citizen of our country, you may fear citizens of a foreign country.  As a believer of a certain religion, you may fear those who follow a different religion.  As a resident of one block, you may fear residents on the next block.  As a member of one race, you may fear those that are members of another race.  You may spend time worrying about the behavior of others and its potential impact on you.

Many of these fears are uniquely human, meaning that they do not exist anywhere else in nature.  Humans have the unique ability to apply logic and reason beyond what exists instinctually or innately.  Because human minds and emotions have developed further and faster than any other living beings on the planet, humans operate with greater awareness.

These traits can work against you, as well, for the simple reason that greater awareness of yourself and your surroundings can quickly lead to the realization that there are also many things that you do not know nor understand.  Fear of the unknown is natural. At a minimum, it is natural to approach the unknown with caution and prudence.

It is at this point, however, that the divide can occur and the real danger exists.  If you recognize what you do not know or understand and move forward, regardless, in an effort to learn something, make a new friend, or gain some experience then it is likely that you are in control of your fear and you are not letting it rule the decisions you make.

If fear prevents you from trying to at least gain a clearer understanding of what is unknown to you, then fear will define your relationships and you will be limited to the acquaintance of those you know well and believe that you fully understand.  Fear wins and you lose.  We all lose.

In my profession, my number one objective is to proactively identify the needs of the credit union and then to take action that ensures we effectively meet those needs.  It is a dynamic environment so I am consistently evaluating and re-evaluating the actions we have taken and the steps we still need to take.

As you can imagine, a huge part of this process is identifying the appropriate human resources that are essential to meeting these needs and making sure that they are in a situation that highlights their individual strengths and puts them in the best possible position to succeed personally, professionally, and organizationally.

If I set out to achieve this objective every day without an open mind and a willingness to meet new people, different people with different ideas and different life stories and experiences, our business would quickly become one dimensional and we would be unable to relate to our clientele, clearly not a winning strategy for success.

At each moment in my life when I have taken the time to get to know someone or to try something new, I have always gained from the experience.  I do not mean to imply that I like everyone that I have ever met or enjoyed every experience that I have ever had, but I can tell you with certainty that I came away from each instance with more knowledge and a greater understanding.  Even if the knowledge I gained was of somebody or something that I wanted no part of, I was more informed and I certainly was no longer fearful of whatever had previously been unknown to me.

Complete freedom from fear is probably unrealistic and it may not even be desirable.  A little dose of fear helps to keep you grounded.  Fear brings rationalization into the decision-making process.  It is always important to consider the negative side of any choice before it is made and rational fear usually comprises a healthy portion of any potentially negative result.

For instance, fear has a rightful place in your mind before you decide that you are going to bungee jump off that bridge.  Fear belongs on the handlebars in front of you before you decide to crank your motorcycle up to 100 miles per hour.

Your task is to make sure that the fear you recognize and acknowledge in the choices that you make is proportionate to the decisions you consider and the consequences you face.  You cannot let fear control you or divide you.

Armed with the knowledge that fear often is a byproduct of what you do not know or understand, perhaps you can all take a small step forward if you are willing to take another look at a situation, a person, or an event that has been the source of that fear.

Like anything else in your life, once fear is properly identified and isolated, it is more likely to stay in its place so that it cannot unnecessarily prevent you from living your life on your terms.

In addition to identifying and understanding fear, you are probably already aware that you will also need a dose of courage to properly handle it as you progress through life.  I have included one of my favorite quotes as something else to think about.  You can find it in Gold Star Families Memorial and Park, the nation’s finest tribute to Police Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“Courage isn’t freedom from fear, it is being afraid and moving forward anyway.”

Scott Arney
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union

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