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This is a reprint from a 1916 Association conference publication.

Chief ClaryThe New York State Association of Chiefs of Police was founded in 1901. The idea of such an organization finding its inception in the mind of Joseph P. Cleary, Chief of Police, Rochester, who discovering that the sentiment he vice was felt by many others, succeeded in gathering together the chiefs of the police departments of several cities and villages of this State, to warrant the calling of a meeting to formulate plans to place the organization on a definite footing and this meeting, the first one in the History of the Association, was held in that city on Saturday, November 30, 1901.

In acceptance of an invitation extended by Chief of Police Joseph P. Cleary of Rochester, there assembled in that city on Saturday, November 30, 1901, chiefs of the police departments of the several cities and villages of this State.

Present at the meeting were these chiefs: William Dinan, Niagara Falls; John F. Ryan, North Tonawanda; George H. McGlynn, Ogdensburg; Joseph P. Cleary, Rochester; Charles F. Cleveland, Utica; William Coughlin, Troy; H. G. Beeman, Canandaigua; James Ryan, Corning; J. F. Sherber, Gloversville; Frank J. Cassada, Elmira; Charles E. McMaster, Auburn; Daniel Kane, Geneva; Charles A. Barry, Rome; Ewing E. Barnes, Cortland; John O'Day, Tonawanda; William S. Bull, superintendent of police, Buffalo; James A. Taggert, secretary police department, Buffalo; Charles Molyneux, Lockport.

The meeting was called to order in the common council chamber of Chief cleary, who introduced Mayor Carnahan. The mayor graciously welcomed the visitors to his city and warmly commended the purpose animating the gathering.

Chief Cleary was unanimously chosen as the temporary presiding officer, and Chief Cleveland was in the same manner selected as temporary secretary.

On motion of Chief Cleveland, the chair was authorized to name a committee of five to perfect a permanent organization. The chair designated as such committee: Chief Cleveland of Utica; Superintendent Bull, of Buffalo; Chief Cassada, of Elmira; Chief McMaster, of Auburn; Chief Dinan, of Niagara Falls.

The committee on permanent organization, after due deliberation, reported in favor of a permanent organization; that the officers of such organization be a president, vice-president and secretary and treasurer; that stated meetings be held four times in each year; that the dues of members of the association be fixed at the sum of $2.50 per year; that the next meeting of the association be held in the city of Utica; that the officers of the association for the first year be: President, Joseph P. Cleary, Rochester; Vice-President, William S. Bull, Buffalo; Secretary and Treasurer, William Coughlin, Troy.

The foregoing report was, after discussion, adopted in its entirety and without amendment. On motion of Chief Cassada, the chair was empowered to name a committee to act as a board of governors and auditing committee. Pursuant to such authorization the chair named Superintendent Bull of Buffalo, and Chiefs Cassada of Elmira, and McMaster of Auburn, to serve respectively, three, two, and one years, each.

On motion of Superintendent Bull of Buffalo, the chair was authorized to appoint a committee of five to prepare a constitution and by-laws. In pursuance of such authority the chair designated as such committee: Superintendent Bull, of Buffalo, Chiefs Cassada, of Elmira; Coughliin, of Troy; Ryan, of Tonawanda; Molyneux, of Lockport.

Superintendent Bull suggested that the scope of the association be fixed in a definite manner. A rule on this subject would be a great aid to the committee on constitution in its labors.

On motion of Chief Molyneux, of Lockport, it was decided that the membership of the organization consist of the salaried superintendents and chiefs of police of the several incorporated cities and villages of the State.

After the close of the business meeting the members witnessed an exhibition of a new burglar alarm invented by S. Schwartschild of Rochester. Subsequently the members were the guests of Chief Cleary and visited many places of interest in that beautiful city.

The next regular meeting was held at Utica, New York, April 8, 1902.

There were present at this meeting the following Chiefs of Police, William S. Bull, Buffalo, William Coughlin, Troy; Thomas Barry, Rome; J. F. Ryan, North Tonawanda; Frank J. Cassada, Elmira; Charles Molyneux, Lockport; E. Barnes, Cortland; M. J. Hickey, Hornellsville; Charles E. McMaster, Auburn; Fred C. Treat, Johnstown; August Halling, Little Falls; J. Fred Sherber, Gloversville; James L. Hyatt, Albany; Charles J. McCabe, Poughkeepsie; William Moore, Binghamton; James Ryan, Corning; Daniel Kane, Geneva; Henry G. Beeman, Canandaigua.

These together with those present at the first meeting constitute the Charter Members of the Association in accordance with the resolution passed at the first meeting of the association. At this meeting it was decided to hold meetings of the association annually instead of quarterly as proposed at the first meeting, this rule is still in effect and meetings are now held annually.

The next meeting was held at Elmira, New York, November 29, 1902. At this meeting the following officers were re-elected to serve for the ensuring year: Joseph P. Cleary, President; William S. Bull, Vice-President and William Coughlin, Secretary and Treasurer.

The next meeting was held at Buffalo, New York, October 8, 1903. At this meeting the following officers were elected to serve for the ensuing year: William S. Bull, of Buffalo, President; Charles Molyneux of Lockport, Vice-President; William Coughlin of Tory, Secretary and Treasurer.

The next meeting was held at Binghamton, New York, October 27, 1904. At this meeting the following officers were elected to serve for the ensuring year: President Frank J. Cassada of Elmira; Vice-President, William Moore of Binghamton; Secretary and Treasurer, William Coughlin of Troy.

The next meeting was held at Albany, New York, September 12, 1905. At this meeting the following officers were elected to serve for the ensuing year: President, Frank J. Cassada of Elmira; Vice-President, William Moore of Binghamton; Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt of Albany.

Secretary and Treasurer William Coughlin declined the election.

The next meeting was held at Niagara Falls, New York, July 25, 1906. At this meeting the following officers were elected to serve for the ensuring year: President, William Moore of Binghamton; Vice President, Charles F. Cleveland of Utica; Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt of Albany.

The next meeting was held at Rome, New York, August 7, 1907. This meeting was called to order by Secretary James L. Hyatt, who announced that since the last meeting, President William Moore, of Binghamton had died and also that Vice-president Charles F. Cleveland of Utica, was confined to his home by illness and therefore it would be necessary to select a temporary Chairman. Chief Charles Molyneux, of Lockport, was chosen as temporary chairman of the meeting. The following officers were elected to serve for the ensuring year: President Charles Molyneux, of Lockport; Vice-President Charles F. Cleveland of Utica; Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt of Albany.

The next meeting was held at Auburn, New York, August 4, 1908. This meeting was called to order by Secretary James L. Hyatt, who announced that since the last meeting President Charles Molyneux had died, also Vice-President Charles F. Cleveland had died, leaving the association without either president or vice-president, and that it would be necessary to select a temporary chairman. On motion, Frank J. Cassada of Elmira was selected to serve as temporary chairman of the meeting. The following officers were elected to serve for the ensuring year: President, Thomas Barry of Rome; Vice-President, William C. Bell of Auburn; Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt of Albany.

The next meeting was held at New York City, September 1, 1909. Owing to illness of President Barry, Vice-President Bell called the meeting to order. The following officers were elected to serve for the ensuing year: President, William C. Bell of Auburn; Vice-President, John Jamison of Cohoes; Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt of Albany.

The next meeting was held at Schenectady, New York, August 30, 31, 1910. The following officers were elected to serve for the ensuing year: President, James Rynex of Schenectady; Vice-President, Joseph M. Quigley of Rochester; Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt of Albany.

The next meeting was held at Rochester, New York, June 13, 1910. On account of the meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police being held at the same time at Rochester, it was resolved unanimously to suspend collection of dues for the year 1911. The following officers were elected to serve for the ensuing year: President, Charles H. Goodrich of Binghamton; Vice-President, James J. Long of Little Falls; Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt of Albany.

It was resolved to meet in 1912 at Binghamton, NY, the date to be fixed by the President.

The next meeting were held at Binghamton, NY, September 30 and October 21, 1912 The following officers were elected to serve for the ensuing year: President, Charles H. Goodrich of Binghamton; Vice-President, James J. Long of Little Falls; Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt of Albany, NY. It was resolved to meet at Rochester, NY, in 1913, date to be fixed by the President.

The next meeting was held at Rochester, NY, October 6 and 7, 1913. The following officers were elected to serve for the ensuing year: President, Michael Regan, Buffalo, NY; Vice-President, James J. Lane, Hudson, NY; Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt of Albany, NY.

It was resolved to meet at Buffalo, NY, in 1914. Date to be fixed by the President.

The next meeting was held at Buffalo, NY, June 11, 12, and 13, 1914. The following officers were elected to serve for the ensuing year: President, Michael Regan, Buffalo, NY; Vice-President, James J. Lane, Hudson, NY; Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt of Albany, NY.

It was resolved to meet at Watertown in 1915, and President Michael Regan declined to accept a renomination for President on account of the work attached to the Presidency of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which position he was elected to at their Convention held at Cincinnati, Ohio, beginning May 25, 1915.

The following officers were elected to serve for the ensuing year: President, Edward J. Singleton, Watertown, NY; Vice-President, John T. Manion, Herkimer, NY; Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt of Albany, NY.

It was resolved to meet at Kingston in 1916. Date to be fixed by the President.

The next meeting was held at Kingston, NY, July 26 and 27, 1916, and President Singleton, Vice-President Manion, and Secretary and Treasurer, James L. Hyatt were re-elected, and Gillmore O. Bush of Tuxedo, NY, Sergeant-at Arms for the ensuing year. It was resolved to meet at Schenectady, NY, in 1917, date to be fixed by the President.

NEW YORK POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL In Charge of
Inspector Cornelius J. Cahalane

When Commissioner Arthur Woods became the head of New York's big force, one of the first things he did was to reconstruct the whole methods of police training. A close study of several years of existing conditions brought him to the conclusion that what the force needed, and needed quickly, was more training - a longer course of training for the recruits and specialized training for every rank of the service.

Let us look over some of the reasons for this. Foremost of all is the fact that although its police force is only half the size of London's, New York is now the largest city in the word. It has 315 square miles to be patrolled; 5,000 miles of streets and highways. Its 445 miles of water front, holding millions of dollars worth of property in various stages of transit, must be kept free from river pirates by patrol boats. In some of the congested sections there are more persons living on one block than there are in many thriving cities. Many blocks on the East Side each contain more than 3,500 residents. In the block bounded by 61st and 62nd Streets, Amsterdam to West End Avenue, there are more than 8,000 negroes living in tenements.

The population of the city is about 6,000,000, of which more than 2,000,000 - one third - were born 'on the other side.'

These immigrants bring with them customs of their fatherland which often innocently lead them into violations of the law here. Freedom from persecution is only too often construed as freedom from all civic responsibility. In precincts where the foreign element predominates, a patrolman must be tactful and well trained so that he may correct by explanation and warning conditions which otherwise would have to be remedied by expensive court action. In addition, just as New York offers the most promising field for the efforts of the cleverest in every profession, so does it appeal to the sharpest of those who live by their wits - who come, attracted by the big money. The crooks, from dip to wiretapper, have been forced to newer and cleverer tricks to keep abreast of the times. They have availed themselves of every invention of science to further their ends. These conditions must be met by more scientific police instruction.

The fist thing Commissioner Woods did was to change the title of the School of Recruits to 'The Training School.' The change was significant. Police training, which had heretofore been confined to a six-weeks course of instruction for the recruits, was broadened to take in every branch of police service.

Past Presidents

1901 - 1903
Chief Joseph P. Cleary
Rochester Police Department

1903 - 1904
Superintendent William S. Bull
Buffalo Police Department

1904 - 1906
Chief Frank J. Cassada
Elmira Police Department

1906 - 1907
Chief William Moore
Binghamton Police Department

1907 - 1908
Chief Charles Molyneaux
Lockport Police Department

1908 - 1909
Chief Thomas Barry
Rome Police Department

1909 - 1910
Chief William C. Bell
Auburn Police Department

1910 - 1911
Chief James Rynex
Schenectady Police Department

1911 - 1913
Chief Charles Goodrich
Binghamton Police Department

1913 - 1915
Chief Michael Regan
Buffalo Police Department

1915 - 1917
Chief Edward Singleton
Watertown Police Department

1918 - 1921
Chief J. Allen Wood
Kingston Police Department

1921 - 1922
Commissioner James W. Higgins
Buffalo Police Department

1922 - 1923
Chief Daniel Frutegar
Endicott Police Department

1923 - 1924
Inspector William T. Davis
New York City P.D

1924 - 1925
Chief William H. Sheedy
Poughkeepsie Police Department

1925 - 1926
Chief George R. Smith
Gloversville Police Department

1926 - 1927
Chief Fred G. Jenkins
Glens Falls Police Department

1927 - 1928
Chief Gilmire C. Bush
Tuxedo Police Department

1928 - 1929
Chief Elvin D. Weaver
Elmira Police Department

1929 - 1930
Chief Timothy McCarthy
Utica Police Department

1930 - 1931
Commissioner Abram Skidmore
Nassau County Police Department

1931 - 1932
Chief John N. Hartman
Freeport Police Department

1932 - 1933
Chief Edward Grinnel
Cortland Police Department

1933 - 1934
Chief Andrew Kavanaugh
Rochester Police Department

1934 - 1935
Inspector Albert B. Moore
Troy Police Department

1935 - 1936
Chief Fred G. Brown
Newburgh Police Department

1936 - 1937
Chief Joseph C. Ownes
Rome Police Department

1937 - 1938
Chief Lacey C. Abel
Binghamton Police Department

1938 - 1939
Chief Morris J. Keller
Herkimer Police Department

1939 - 1940
Chief George H. Culver
Glens Falls Police Department

1940 - 1941
Chief Inspector John J. O'Connell
New York City Police Department

1941 - 1942
Chief Michael Silverstein
Mount Vernon Police Department

1942 - 1943
Chief Henry Copenhagen
Rochester Police Department

1943 - 1944
Chief George Leadbiner
Poughkeepsie Police Department

1944 - 1945
Chief Frank R. Mallette
Bedford Hills Police Department

1945 - 1946
Chief Anthony Heimers
Lynbrook Police Department

1946 - 1947
Chief G. Henry Nelson
Jamestown Police Department

1947 - 1948
Chief William Miller
White Plains Police Department

1948 - 1949
Chief Walter Kirchoff
New Rochelle Police Department

1949 - 1950
Chief Abe Stern
Ramapo Police Department

1950 - 1951
Asst. Chief Inspector William A. Turk
New York City Police Department

1951 - 1952
Chief of Detectives Martin Considine
Niagara Falls Police Department

1952 - 1953
Chief Leroy E. Wike
Endicott Police Department

1953 - 1954
Chief Thomas A. Eibler
Rockville Center Police Department

1954 - 1955
Chief John Hergenhan
Armonk Police Department

1955 - 1956
Chief Edward Curtain
Watertown Police Department

1956 - 1957
Chief Fred J. Nangle
Great Neck Police Department

1957 - 1958
Chief Paul A. Yerick
Mamaroneck Police Department

1958 - 1959
Chief Hamilton Conners
E. Rochester Police Department

1959 - 1960
Chief Raymond Ninesling
Kings Point Police Department

1960 - 1961
Chief Earl S. Sweitzer
Lancaster Police Department

1961 - 1962
Inspector Theodore F. Donnelly
Suffolk County Police Department

1962 - 1963
Chief John Martin Jr. Poughkeepsie Police Department

1963 - 1964
Chief Robert F. Flanagan
Saratoga Springs Police Department

1964 - 1965
Chief Walter F. Waring
Lynbrook Police Department

1965 - 1966
Chief George A. Murphy
Oneida Police Department

1966 - 1967
Chief Stephen J. Grodski
Riverhead Police Department

1967 - 1968
A/Chief Inspector George P. McManus
New York City Police Department

1968 - 1969
Chief Warren D. Keller
West Seneca Police Department

1968-1969
Chief Thomas P. Reilly
Sherrill Police Department

1969 - 1971
Commissioner Francis B. Looney
Nassau County Police Department

1971 - 1972
Chief Herbert L. VanOstrand
Ithaca Police Department

1972 - 1973
Commissioner John L. Barry
Suffolk County Police Department

1973 - 1974
Chief Joseph S. Dominelli
Rotterdam Police Department

1974 - 1975
Chief Walter F. Ruckgaber
Lake Success Police Department

1975 - 1976
Chief Charles G. McLaughlin
Rye Police Department

1976 - 1977
Chief Thomas J. Sardino
Syracuse Police Department

1977 - 1978
1st Deputy Inspector Edward F. Curran
Nassau County Police Department

1978 - 1979
Chief William E. Ecroyd
Haverstraw Police Department

1979 - 1980
Chief John T. Costello
Auburn Police Department

1980 - 1981
Chief Paul J. Oliva
Town of Mount Pleasant Police Department

1981 - 1982
Chief James W. Flater
Colonie Police Department

1982 - 1983
Chief Charles M. Capobianco
Old Brookville Police Department

1983 - 1984
Chief Harlin R. McEwen
Cayuga Heights Police Department

1984 - 1985
Chief Lawrence A. Hoffman, Jr.
Town of Tonawanda Police Department

1985 - 1986
Chief Michael F. Robich
Cohoes Police Department

1986 - 1987
Chief Eugene Shaw
Brighton Police Department

1988
Chief Gerald D. Phelan
Greece Police Department

1989
Chief Raymond M. Garrigan
Malverne Police Department

1990
Commissioner Anthony M. Mosca
Hawthorne Police Department

1991
Chief Leigh F. Hunt
Syracuse Police Department

1992
Chief Thomas L. Scott
East Hampton Police Department

1993
Chief Mark L. Whitman
Hornell Police Department

1994
Chief Alfred T. DeCarlo
Rotterdam Police Department

1995
Chief Louis S. D'Aliso
Ardsley Police Department

1996
Chief Christian L. Schrank
Ogden Police Department

1997
Chief James R. DeLapp
Dewitt Police Department

1998
Chief James R. Clary
Hudson Falls Police Department

1999
Chief Thomas J. Roche
Gates Police Department

2000
Chief Eugene S. Tumolo
Peekskill Police Department

2001
Chief John P. Grebert
Colonie Police Department

2002
Chief James Russo
Hempstead Police Department

2003
Chief Larry K Preston
Waverly Police Department

2004-2005
Chief Ricahrd Carey
Glens Falls Police Department

2005-2006
Chief David Hall
Harrison Police Department

2006-2007
Chief Dominic W. Giudice Jr.
Monroe Police Department

2007-2008
Chief Lloyd Perkins
Skaneateles Police Department

2008-2009
Chief Robert D'Angelo
North Castle Police Department

2009-2010
Chief William Kilfoil
Port Washington Police Department

2010-2011
Chief Margaret Ryan
Dryden Police Department

2011-2012
Chief Joseph Waldron
Mechanicville Police Department

2012-2013
Chief Michael Biasotti
New Windsor Police Department

2013-2014
Chief Steven H. Heider
Colonie Police Department