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Message from the Chief

SUNY New Paltz - University Police Chief DugatkinOn behalf of the men and women of the SUNY New Paltz University Police Department, it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to our department website.  I hope you will take some time to explore the site, and that you’ll find it to be both helpful and informative.

I am honored to serve as your Chief of Police at SUNY New Paltz and am extremely proud of the incredible accomplishments and dedication of our incredibly fine members. We are all committed to protecting and serving the campus community. It is a true privilege to lead these talented and professional members.

But the University Police Department is only a part of it. Each and every member of our SUNY New Paltz campus community should be proud of the work they put in here on a daily basis. You are our eyes and ears and if you see something, you most certainly say something. That’s the way it should be. Community Policing at its truest sense involves all of us.

As a full-service, certified police department, we sometimes see the worst in people, that’s our job, we knew that signing up. But at the same time, we’ve seen the best in people. SUNY New Paltz holds a special place in people’s hearts. That what make us a community. That’s what makes this a very special place.

As the University Police Department continues to evolve and adapt to the changes a campus community rightfully deserves, rest assured we are here, we are listening to you, we are en-gaging with you and will always have your back.

Stay Safe SUNY New Paltz!


David Dugatkin
Chief of Police
New York State University Police-SUNY New Paltz