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Cortland Police Chief Sandy Announces Officer of the Year

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City of Cortland Police Chief Paul Sandy recognized two officers with the City of Cortland Police Department. Chief Sandy spoke on the recognitions of Police Paster Smith, and Officer Matthew Maniaci.


Chief Sandy says the City of Cortland Police Department has had a Police Chaplain for “several years” saying that Paster Smith has helped many people who are facing crisis situations when Cortland Police are sent on a call.

“I cannot count the number of situations where he has responded to assist us. So we thought it was fitting to get [Smith] a plaque in deep appreciation.”

Chief Sandy said regarding Pastor Smith.

The plaque Chief Sandy read highlighted Smith’s dedication for the officers of Cortland Police, his hardwork and his endless training and certification.  

Next, Chief Sandy called up Officer Matthew Maniaci, who ended up receiving two recognitions from the department for his outstanding work and thorough investigations. The first award Officer Maniaci was given was a Division Award. In a letter read out loud by Chief Sandy, Officer Maniaci was noted for his work on taking drugs off the streets of Cortland multiple times.

“As I said every year, some people rise above and deserve special recognition and Officer Maniaci is once again through this recognition.”

Chief Sandy said before reading another recognition to Officer Maniaci.

Officer Maniaci was recognized as Officer of the Year for the CIty of Cortland Police Department. Officer Maniaci was noted as a huge part of the police department’s drone program and helped receive a grant for two drones for the agency along with his investigative work as mentioned above.

Chief Sandy did note another officer is to be recognized but was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting. It is planned to be presented during the next Common Council meeting on Tuesday, June 18th (Tuesdays June 4th meeting is canceled due to the Dairy Parade).

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