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NYSACOP Statement on Tyre Nichols Incident

The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police are angered, frustrated, outraged, and saddened by the death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of men in uniform. The brutality displayed on the video released today by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is inexcusable and we must do everything in our power to not only hold accountable those who commit such atrocities, but to prevent these incidents from happening.

It is painful to watch Mr. Nichols’ family experience this type of trauma and we understand that the images displayed in the media will cause many to question their faith in our criminal justice system. Our association advocates for fair and humane treatment of every person, and an effective criminal justice system that protects each and every one of our neighbors. Our membership is comprised of law enforcement professionals from across New York State who stand together in opposing the excessive use of physical force by police officers and we demand swift accountability for those who choose to violate our laws.

Our association remains committed to providing training and advocating for practices that can keep our neighbors safe. We know that with every incident of excessive force, community trust is damaged. Even when incidents occur in other states, our neighbors, our staff, and we ourselves are impacted. We are prepared to support our membership in helping communities grieve, ensuring voices are heard, and then working to restore trust in those law enforcement professionals who are steadfastly committed to the mission of respecting human dignity and keeping people safe.


Sylvester Signature
Chief Kevin Sylvester

Sinagra Signature
Chief Joseph Sinagra
First Vice President

Heubusch Signature
Chief Shawn Heubusch
Second Vice President

Oliva Signature
Chief Paul Oliva
Third Vice President

Parisi Signature
Chief Timothy Parisi
Immediate Past President

Aresta Signature
Chief John Aresta
Past President



New York State Association of Chiefs of Police Medal of Honor

Nominations are being accepted for the Association's prestigious
Chief Thomas P. Reilly Memorial Medal of Honor. 


NYSACOP Members - Please submit your nominations for the Chief Thomas P. Reilly Memorial Medal of Honor promptly. Award recipients will be invited to a formal presentation at our annual training conference in Albany, NY in July, 2023.

Criteria (per Association Bylaws):
The Award shall be bestowed upon worthy police officers in the performance of significant and credible actions of heroism, bravery, or sacrifice above and beyond the duties of their office. For nominations which may not meet the high burden of the Medal of Honor, the Association may opt to endorse a Commendation which, while not requiring the highest threshold as for the Medal of Honor, is an esteemed, solemn and significant award of this Association.

General requirements:

  • The award of the Medal of Honor shall solely be made to a police officer who is a salaried member of a duly constituted police department of a municipality of the State of New York.
  • Before any police officer may qualify for the Medal of Honor, the officer must have performed an act of heroism above and beyond the call of duty.
  • The nomination must be made by either the commanding or superior officer of the person nominated or by a member of the Board of Governors. The nomination must contain a full and detailed description of the act of heroism including the date, time, place, and names and addresses of any witnesses or other persons having knowledge of the incident.

Submit a nomination by MARCH 9th, 2023 by emailing Executive Director Phelan at [email protected].  Please be sure to include your contact information with your submission.

Medal of Honor



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The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police New Chiefs Training in Niagara Falls, NY

March 20th through 24th, 2023

Niagara Falls Air Force Base
Niagara County, NY

Designed for the new Chief or Command Officer that aspires to be a Chief.
Executive Training for Police Chiefs by Police Chiefs

  • Finance and Budgeting
  • Leadership
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Building a Critical Incident Policy
  • Media Relations
  • Human Resources for Police Chiefs
  • Risk Management
  • Officer Wellness

The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police has proven throughout the years to the people of this State that we are united, not only for the advancement of the general welfare of the police profession, but more specifically:

  • for the purpose of maintaining law and order,
  • for the improvement and professionalization of law enforcement,
  • to advocate and promote reforms in the laws in association and collaboration with the Legislature,
  • for the safety, protection and general welfare of all our citizens,
  • and to assist in and facilitate the administration of criminal justice on national, state and local levels.