University Police at Upstate News:

- 1/26/15: Campus Safety Alert:

Syracuse Police Department has made an arrest in connection with an alleged armed robbery that took place in the parking lot of Presidential Plaza Saturday night. According to reports, the alleged assailants approached a 24-year old man walking in the Presidential Plaza parking lot at around 11 p.m. Jan. 24. The alleged assailants asked to use the man’s cell phone. After the individual refused to offer his cell phone, the alleged assailants overtook him and ran off with a cell phone and wallet.

Upstate’s off-campus properties that reside in the city are patrolled by the Syracuse Police Department, with support from Upstate. SPD and Upstate continue to have discussions about ensuring the safety of staff and students in these locations.

The safety and security of our staff and students is of primary importance. To that end University Police provides safety escorts to any individual who requests them. Staff and students should not hesitate to call University Police if they feel unsafe. To request an escort, please contact University Police at 464-4000 any time.

Additionally we ask staff and students to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to contact University Police at 464-4000 if they see any suspicious activity.


- 11/26/14: During this time of Thanksgiving YOUR New York State University Police Department would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all that have helped in making our Upstate community a safer place.

On behalf of Chief Waltz and the men and women that are YOUR New York State University Police Department we would like to wish you and your loved ones a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving.


- 11/7/14: Chief Waltz announced the recognition of Tracy Collins as Administrative Captain and Michael Jorgensen as Technical Sergeant at New York State University Police @ Upstate's inaugural RAP, Recognition, Awards, and Promotions, ceremony.

During the ceremony, Chief Waltz announced the promotions of John Stefanko and Earl Van Antwerp to the rank of Lieutenant.

Chief Waltz also honored T/Sgt. Jorgensen, Officer Erika Stone, & Officer David Cohen with the Excellence in Service Award while Lieutenant John Stefanko was honored with the Meritorious award.

Congratulations to everyone who received recognitions, awards, and promotions.


- 10/23/14: The New York State University Police at Upstate are pleased to announce that over $5,000 was raised last night at Applebee’s “Law and Orders” night.

All donations went to the Special Olympics of New York.
Next stop is Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Red Robin when they present “Tip a Cop” from 11am to 3pm and then again from 4pm to 8pm. All donations will go to the Special Olympics of New York as well.

Stop out and help us raise funds and enjoy a great meal.




2014 New York State University Police at Upstate - News

- 5/8/14: The New York State University Police Department at Upstate is excited to announce D. Paul Waltz’s promotion to Chief of Police. Chief Waltz’s promotion has brought a positive change and vision to the department. We all enthusiastically look forward to the department’s future under Chief Waltz’s leadership. Congratulations Chief Waltz!

- 5/22/14: The University Police Department at Upstate is excited to announce three (3) new open University Police Officer positions. (All positions have been filled)

- 5/28/14: Chief Waltz and members of University Police and Public Safety participate in a "Let's not meet by accident" commercial sponsered by Upstate Medical University. View the commercial now at this link:

- 6/6/14: The University Police Department at Upstate, partnering with Manlius Police Department, Dewitt Police Department, and the New York State Police, participated in the Special Olympic Torch Run. (Lt. Newcomb)

- 6/18/14: Leon Festival Wednesday June 25, 2014, 5-10PM at Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool, NY. Come celebrate the halfway mark to the winter holidays and the start of summer! For more information, visit

- 6/20/14: New York State University Police at Upstate's Public Safety Division proudly introduces a new vehicle into its fleet. The new vehicle is environmentally friendly by being completely electric and will be used in the assistance of parking & traffic control campus wide.

- 6/25/14: The Leon Festival is officially postponed until tomorrow, 6/26. All other scheduled events are the same with the exception of the Kidz Bop performers as they will not be performing tomorrow evening.

- 6/25/14: New York State University Police at Upstate participated in a concert that was put on for the children and family of the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. The Kidz Bop Kids performed songs for the participants to enjoy.

- 6/26/14: New York State University Police at Upstate participated in the Leon Festival which was sponsored by Upstate. Fun activities included the kids enjoying the front seat of the University Police vehicle and getting to test the sirens and lights.


- 7/18/14: New York State University Police at Upstate will be at the Teall Avenue and James Street locations. Come join us August 1st!

- 8/1/14: "$35,712.48 in donations were collected by law enforcement, athletes, coaches and community volunteers at the 3rd Annual Cops on Top at 28-DUNKIN' DONUTS helping to sponsor approximately 100 Special Olympics New York athletes in training and competition." - Special Olympics NY - Central Region


- 7/31/14: The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is alerting motorists that the right lane on eastbound Interstate 690 has been closed for repairs, beginning just west of the Teall Avenue exit, in the city of Syracuse.

- 8/13/14: Chief Waltz along with Deputy Commissioner Paul Berger presented awards to former SUNY ESF University Police Chief Scott Becksted and former SUNY Upstate University Police Director Frank Tees for their service to the University Hill Public Safety Association.


- 8/11/14: New York State University Police at Upstate will be at The Great New York State Fair again this year! Stop by the SUNY tent and check us out!!!


- 8/13/14: Chief Waltz swore in three new members into the New York State University Police at Upstate. (Pictured from left to right are Shane Dobies, David Giocondo, Chief Waltz, and Michael Giallanza.)


- 8/20/14: New York State University Police at Upstate represented the entire NYS University Police for all SUNY Campuses at The Great New York State Fair. NYS University Police at Upstate participated in many events including the Law Enforcement Parade, which they teamed up with the Cortland Dragon to bring entertainment to all parade watchers.


- 9/15/14: Starting Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, there will be construction in front of the Cancer Center/University Hospital. This work will start after 12pm and last about 4 hours.

The University Hospital Traffic Circle will be reduced to one lane during this time.


- 10/2/14: Chief Waltz is proud to announce two new Public Safety promotions within the department.

During the monthly supervisor's meeting, Chief Waltz promoted Public Safety Officer Matthew Portnoy to the rank of Sergeant and Public Safety Sergeant Christopher Goodale to the rank of Lieutenant.

Sgt. Portnoy will work out of the Technical Services Division with Public Safety Lt. Don Gray while Lt. Goodale will be assigned to the Office of the Chief working closely with Chief Waltz on various computer and media projects within the department.

Congratulations Sgt. Portnoy and Lt. Goodale.


Additional Bridge Deck Repairs on I-690 in Syracuse near Teall Avenue

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is alerting motorists that concrete deck work beginning tomorrow will affect motorists on eastbound I-690 at the Teall Avenue exit ramp, in the city of Syracuse. 

On Tuesday, October 7, the right lane of eastbound I-690 will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to apply sealant to the deck area repaired in August.  This will also require the off ramp to be closed.  The concrete sealing work is weather dependent and may be postponed in case of rain.

In addition, beginning on Tuesday morning, October 14 and continuing around-the-clock until Friday, October 31, the Teall Avenue exit will be closed.  During this time, several areas of the bridge deck will be replaced with new concrete, the same type of work done just west of the exit ramp in August.  This time period was chosen because the work is needed before the winter and there are no Syracuse University basketball or football games taking place at the Carrier Dome.  All three eastbound through lanes will remain open. 

The posted detour for the Teall Avenue off-ramp closure will direct motorists to continue on eastbound I-690 for one mile to the Midler Avenue exit, where they can return to Teall Avenue on westbound I-690, Burnet Avenue or Erie Boulevard. 


- 10/13/14: Come join the New York State University Police at Upstate at Applebee's on Wednesday October 22nd from 5pm to 9pm for Law & Orders. All donations go directly to the local Special Olympics.


- 10/13/14: Come join the New York State University Police at Upstate at Red Robin on Saturday October 25nd from 11am to 3pm and from 4pm to 8 pm for Tip a Cop. All donations go directly to the local Special Olympics.



The Onondaga County Department of Transportation will be conducting paving operations on October 20, 2014 beginning on Harrison Street in the City of Syracuse. Following the completion of paving work on Harrison Street, operations will move to Adams Street.

This surface rehabilitation project will be between Almond Street proceeding westerly to South Salina Street for both Harrison and Adams streets. Both roads will remain open at all times during paving operations, with lane restrictions in place.

Motorists traveling either Harrison or Adams streets should expect delays. Contract Forces will conduct paving operations during the hours from 6:00 PM until 6:00 AM, and during the day on weekends in an effort to minimize the impact on businesses and motorists. Operations could be delayed or schedules could modify due to inclement weather or temperatures.

Should any work be necessary during the day, Monday through Friday, it will be minimal and restricted to between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, so as to avoid rush hour conflicts. This project is scheduled to be completed during this construction season.




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