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
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