Chief of Police

Dennis R. Nayor

has been serving since 1995 with the Oneonta Police Department. He holds a Graduate Certificate from the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from SUNY Geneseo in Political Science and an Associates Degree from Hudson Valley Community College in Criminal Justice. Chief Nayor is a graduate of the 240th session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia and is also a graduate of the FBI Executive Development Association's Command Institute, Harrisburg, PA. The Chief has served in the capacities of Patrol Officer, DARE Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and Lieutenant before being appointed to the rank of Chief of Police in April of 2012.

Chief Nayor is a New York State certified Police General Topics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Physical Fitness Instructor, and DARE Instructor.  He is also an FBI trained and certified Defensive Tactics Instructor and Hostage Negotiator.  For over a decade, he has served as the Lead Police Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Otsego County Law Enforcement Academy and is an active member of the National Tactical Officers' Association.  Chief Nayor is also a member of the FBI National Academy Associates, the International Association of Chief's of Police, the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the New York State Police Williams Association.

Chief Nayor's primary focus is to further develop and strengthen police-community relations, support the continuous development of all Department members, and maintain the highest standards of ethics and professionalism for all members through a positive leadership approach.

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