Commitment to Anti-Racism

Anti-Racism mural

The SUNY Cortland University Police are committed to serving the campus community and contributing to a campus culture that is free of racism and discrimination of any kind. Our members stand against racism, and we are dedicated to providing fair and equitable policing.

We do not tolerate acts of racial violence or oppression in our department or our community. We believe that we all must maintain an environment free from harassment and discrimination. The University Police will not tolerate discrimination of any kind from members in our ranks, and we will take appropriate actions for violations of our policies.

We live these words through our actions. As police officers, with inherent authority in our interactions with the community, we must hold ourselves to the highest standards. We acknowledge that words alone will not solve racism in this country, but we are committed to doing our part.

We will continue to train our members on topics that include implicit bias and de-escalation to ensure that we support a system that guarantees equal justice under the law for every community member. We will routinely review our policies and procedures to ensure they support an anti-racist culture. We will always strive to attract, hire, and retain only the best police candidates to serve our campus community.

Mark DePaull
Chief of Police

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