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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.

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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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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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Gray Reality

Sometimes, reality is harsh. Reality can also be stark. Your own perceptions may even define whatever you deem reality to be. In my experience, reality is most often gray.

Recently, I was having a conversation with a close friend and we were comparing notes on parenting and business and he made a very astute observation. He noted that social media leads us to believe that reality is absolute and extreme.

Somebody who is out having dinner posts a picture and wants everyone to know that they are having the greatest dinner ever created. A parent takes a video of their child doing something around the house and it is shared as the funniest thing a kid has ever done. The weather forecast doesn’t just predict that a storm is coming, it is going to be the mother of all storms. Harmless? Maybe not.

What about the kid who happens to be caught on film in an embarrassing moment that spreads across the digital universe because somebody happened to be right there with their phone and an app? We all have embarrassing moments. I do several times a day, but this person had the misfortune of having his moment caught on video and now he will be forever labeled as the goof in the viral video for all to see.

Whether it is implicit, such as the “we’re all out having a good time” post that you are not included on or explicit, such as the “you’re not one of us unless you are wearing these shoes” post, the social media version of reality is absolute and extreme.

You are either popular or not. You are a republican or a democrat. You are wealthy or poor. You’re either in or out. You are having the most fun doing the greatest things ever or you are by yourself doing nothing.

How about reality tv? Does anyone ever wonder how real or spontaneous something could be if it is happening in front of a camera crew? Are people really surviving in the wilderness when they are surrounded by a television production company? Do people genuinely fall in love in front of an audience? C’mon, let’s get real.

Very rarely is reality absolute and in no way is reality as it is portrayed in these examples, however, this is not a commentary on the evils of social media. The fact that reality is gray is a good thing and cause for optimism.

Most of life takes place in the middle. Some of the excitement comes into play when you do experience an extreme moment, but if you only live when those moments occur, you are going to spend an awful lot of time waiting around and missing out.

Accepting that absolutes and extremes are rare and not representative of reality allows for you to also accept that not everything is exactly as it may appear. Perhaps someone who you thought was rotten has some good qualities after all. Maybe the real world that you reside in isn’t as far away from everyone else’s reality after all.

Absolutes divide us. Think about what it would be like if you just concentrated on who you are and what you think without the burden of being labeled and categorized. What would it be like if we stripped out the politics of politics?

I would be willing to bet that if we all sat down and answered topical questions without being led to believe that our answers would define us as necessarily being a republican or a democrat, we all would be surprised at how undivided we are. How many of you want to have clean air to breathe and fresh water to drink? Does anyone object to that objective? Is crime a good thing or a bad thing for your neighborhood? How about quality education? Anybody against it?

Is it possible that if you are not obsessed with what you perceive others are doing, you may concentrate more on what you are doing? Do you think that if you realized you have more in common with your neighbor than what you initially thought, you might be more inclined to strike up a conversation?

Extremes are not inviting and there isn’t a lot of room for people where they exist. No one, except for Santa, lives at the north or south pole. The weather is harsh, and the environs do not lend themselves to sustainable human life as we know it.

There is, however, plenty of room in the middle. It is neither too hot nor too cold. Unique qualities are admired not scorned. Alternate views are debated not met with contempt.

Extremes and absolutes promote closed minds and hatred for all, but the few who think and act and judge as the other extremists do. The proliferation of these extreme views leads to a cancellation of each other and the expression of creativity and new ideas.

I don’t always remember how gray things really are. On occasion, I will absolutely label someone who cuts me off in traffic as a *&@x!*+&#%!!! I don’t always welcome disagreement with something that I strongly believe in. I am not always in a good mood and I have yet to live a day without finding something that I could be better at.

Overall, however, I prefer to be curious, ask questions, seek opinions, and to collaborate with those who want to share their thoughts. I do try to put myself in other people’s positions and to appreciate alternate perspectives. I have certainly realized that, over time, I have learned far more from someone who had a different take or a more well-rounded approach than the one I would have stated or employed.

Lastly, you might be asking yourself if it is gray or grey. The truth is…it’s both. Gray is the more commonly used American version and grey is more commonly used in Great Britain. It makes no difference to me and, however it is spelled, it is the color or colour I prefer for my reality.

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

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