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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!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.

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The Guiltless Wonder

On the pages of a comic book and on screen in the movies, super heroes often have the power to do extraordinary things.

Super heroes come in all different shapes and sizes and they employ a varying degree of different specialties. Those that are immortalized in print and film tend to be able to save or change the world with their abilities and, generally speaking, we, as mere mortals, are unable to learn how to do what they do or even fully comprehend their greatness.

I happen to be more interested in the super heroes among us who have faced fears and conquered obstacles and, in the process, have become experts in mastering the challenges of everyday life. These super heroes are otherwise completely ordinary, except that they have developed powerful skills that help them effectively stare down the same fears and obstacles that deter and derail others.

The Guiltless Wonder is an example of one such super hero. He has effectively eliminated guilt from his life and his thought processes and, as a consequence, lives with a clear conscience and a powerful ability to assess situations and events for what they really are. His judgment is never clouded by second guesses and, because his mind is clear of guilt, he enjoys every new day for what it is and gets the most out of it.

You may ask how the Guiltless Wonder has achieved such an admirable skill. I asked him that very question and he was very happy to share his process and very confident that anyone who follows his process cam learn to do what he does and eliminate guilt from their life.

The Guiltless Wonder told me that he employs a three step process as part of every decision he makes.

  1. He pays attention to his instincts.
  2. He sets out to be understood rather than liked.
  3. He carefully deliberates before he finalizes his decision and takes action.

 

The success that the Guiltless Wonder has had in eliminating guilt is especially remarkable given the destructive nature of this formidable foe. As you may know all too well, guilt can be one of the biggest detractors you will face in your attempt to make good decisions on a consistent basis. When guilt is present, it can dampen your joy, subtract from your peace of mind, and rob you of the confidence that is essential as you move forward through life.

At its core, guilt is something that you feel when you regret an action or an event that has already taken place and cannot be changed. By the time you experience guilt, there is rarely anything that you can do about what has already occurred. Guilt is a harmful additive that is likely to have clouded your thoughts and created unnecessary anxiety for you at some point, if not on a regular basis.

A feeling of guilt can also compound whatever negative emotions you have about a prior event or decision by influencing decisions you try to make going forward. Now, instead of the event being an isolated case that is addressed and dealt with, guilt pervades other thoughts and actions and may project onto other people and situations that otherwise have nothing to do with the original event that gave rise to the guilt to begin with. This is the definition of taking a bad situation and making it much worse.

So, let’s take a cue from the Guiltless Wonder and minimize the damage your feelings of guilt have already caused you by setting a course that will effectively block it from ever having undue influence over you again.

The first step that the Guiltless Wonder takes to steer clear of guilt is to be in tune with his instincts. He incorporated this idea into his decision making early on when one of his elementary school teachers instructed him not to change his answer on a test he was taking. His teacher cited some source or data that indicated that your first answer is usually the right answer. The Guiltless Wonder interpreted this suggestion as another way of saying that he should pay attention to his instincts and his instinctual answer is often the first one that comes to his mind.

While he always reserves the right to change his mind if new or more detailed information comes to light, he now knows that his first response is typically the one that is most natural and the one he arrives at before he may start to over think anything. If he has a natural or “gut” feeling for a direction that he may want to take or a decision that he needs to make, he takes a positive step toward avoiding guilt because he is following the course of action that came to him naturally and instinctively. There is no need to second-guess his actions if he simply is true to his instincts.

This is not to suggest that he simply gives way to his primal drive when it comes time to make a decision. His moral compass and his own will power also play a vital role.

The Guiltless Wonder never worries unnecessarily about what someone may think about him or the action that he takes. He realized long ago that whether he was liked or people liked what decisions he made was a highly subjective thing. If he based the validity of his decisions on what other people thought, he would face a constantly moving target and probably set himself up to always feel guilty.

Instead, and to the extent that other people can influence his desired outcomes, he determined that it would be far more worthwhile to focus on being understood. If his actions are understood, he stands a far better chance of avoiding a guilty feeling after having made a decision.

Developing an understanding of a situation, a circumstance, or a decision also helps him to clarify motives and reasoning. Even if someone doesn’t agree with him, they will not be left to wonder why he ultimately did what he did. An understanding builds some common ground and, if that exists amongst people, there is much less room for guilt to develop.

The Guiltless Wonder develops an understanding with others simply by being able to articulate his thought process and explain what factors he considered and didn’t consider. In order to do this effectively, he always takes care to carefully consider his options and the ramifications of his decisions prior to making them. Careful and considerate deliberation is yet another way for him to avoid feelings of guilt after the fact.

If he has done his homework up front and he is comfortable with the process that he went through to arrive at his decision, there just isn’t much of an opportunity for guilt to develop. Once he has the confidence that he has taken all of the steps necessary to make a good and informed decision, there is no reason to worry about the course he has taken.

If there is an art to his decision-making it is that he makes choices with all of the passion and personalization that he can summon without letting his personal tie to the situation at hand cloud his judgment or dilute his conviction.

By being alert to and acting in concert with his instincts, setting out to be understood rather than liked, and employing careful deliberation when considering his options, the Guiltless Wonder has accomplished an extraordinary feat. He lives peacefully and guilt free and you can too if you follow his example.

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

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