The Chief


Police Chief Snyder

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.

Message from the Chief

On behalf of the Town of New Paltz Police Department, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting our website. It is my pleasure to serve you as the Chief of Police. I take great pride in working with such fine men and women within our department. You will find that our employees are dedicated, courteous, well trained and an enthusiastic group of professionals who take pride in their work. They are ready to work with you to make your home, your workplace and this community an even better place to live.

The cooperative working relationship between police and the people we serve is the strongest it has ever been. I believe there is a shared responsibility between our police and our community to continue improving the quality of life for the citizens of New Paltz. We are dedicated to preventing crime and disorder through the application of community based problem solving efforts. No police department can be successful without engaged citizens. This website provides links that will arm you with information to join us in accomplishing our mission.

I invite you to contact me through this website and share your thoughts. Together we will continue making the Town and Village of New Paltz what it has become, "A great place to visit and live."

Joseph A. Snyder
Chief of Police