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Officers Recognized After Situation With Suicidal Person


During the Cortland Common Council meeting on Tuesday, December 6th. The City of Cortland Police Department recognized 5 officers for their work in a situation involving a suicidal person.

Lt. Cute with the Cortland City Police Department gave information on that situation saying

“the call came in on November 8th around 4:34 in the morning of a reported disturbance. Patrol officers Perkins and Hatfield responded to Kellogg Rd. within two minutes of the call. Both officers have been with the Cortland Police Department for less than a year and have been on patrol on their own for about two months.”

Upon arrival at the scene, the situation went to a heightened level of awareness to a situation where decisions must be made, said Cute to the Common Council. The subject involved with the police was looking to die by the officer.

Officer Laman arrived within two minutes of Perkins and Hatfield arrival at the scene followed by Officer Peters. Cortland County Sheriff Sergeant L’Hommedieu was also called in to the scene for a less lethal option for the current situation all officers were in.

All officers on scene remained calm, used verbal communication, and showed restraint to the situation to not pull the trigger. None of the officers were injured from the situation. The subject sustained minor injuries from the less lethal tactics conducted.

Pictured left to right: PTL Laman, PTL Peters, PTL Perkins, PTL Hatfield, and SGT L’Hommedieu. Image courtesy of City of Cortland Police Department

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