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New North Syracuse police chief sworn in

New North Syracuse Police Chief Michael Crowell is sworn in by Judge Bertrand at the August 9 village board meeting as Mayor Atkinson (left) and family and friends look on.

New North Syracuse Police Chief Michael Crowell is sworn in by Judge Bertrand at the August 9 village board meeting as Mayor Atkinson (left) and family and friends look on. Matthew Liptak

— “A lot of people think that community policing is a lot of hand shaking and that kind of thing but the reality is that a police agency can get into the community, identify what a problem may be, which could be multiple things on various levels, and then [use] whatever resources are available to law enforcement. Those resources could include communication, education, even enforcement.”

Atkinson said he expects the chief to be able to work on whatever community problems it encounters through the village's public safety committee. The committee is comprised of not only department heads but local residents too. Their goal is to iron out any local issues before they get worse.

The new chief's salary, $78,000, comes in at $2,000 below what the previous permanent chief, Thomas Connelly, made. Crowell will not receive retirement benefits or health insurance from the village, according to Atkinson. These will be covered by his former employer, the town of Manlius. It is a savings Atkinson considers an additional benefit of the new hire.

Crowell said he has already been meeting with village residents to introduce himself and was impressed by what he learned. He wants to hit the ground running.

“I did take a little bit of time and walk around the village and get to know some of the local shop owners and talk to some local citizens,” he said. “For the most part I got a real good feel for the people. They seem to be real proud of the village. They like the environment they live in. They certainly like the idea that they have their own police force. It seems like a real nice place to live and work.

“I'm very excited. I'm honored to be selected to be the police chief and I'm very much looking forward to rolling my sleeves up and getting to work.”

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