The Chief

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Joseph A. Snyder began his law enforcement career in 1987 when he was appointed by the Village of Walden Police Department first as a part-time dispatcher. Snyder was then hired as a part-time police officer graduating from the Kingston Police Academy in December, 1987. He then began working for the Town of New Paltz Police Department first as a part-time officer and then as a full-time officer in 1988. During his first seven years in patrol, he served as a community relations officer and DARE officer while still working patrol duties.

In 1995, he was promoted to Detective where he continued through the next five years. In 2000, he was promoted to Sergeant. He spent two years as a Patrol Sergeant and then was assigned to the Detective Division as the Detective Sergeant.

He was promoted to Lieutenant, second in command of the department, in January, 2003. Snyder was promoted to Chief of Police on December 1, 2008.

Chief Snyder's resume includes many professional training courses including instructing for the police department and surrounding agencies. He is a graduate from the 232nd session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is also a graduate from Empire State College with a Bachelor's Degree in Community and Human Services.

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