In October 2016, the City of Cortland Police Department was awarded a grant, in partnership with the Department of Justice, for a Community Policing Position. In January 2017, this position kicks off in strengthening ties between our Cortland Community and your Cortland Police Department.


The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is the component of the
U.S. Department of Justice responsible for advancing the practice of community policing by
the nation’s state, local, territory, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information
and grant resources.
Rather than simply responding to crimes once they have been committed, community
policing concentrates on preventing crime and eliminating the atmosphere of fear it creates.
Earning the trust of the community and making those individuals stakeholders in their own
safety enables law enforcement to better understand and address both the needs of the
community and the factors that contribute to crime.



Below you will find just a few services the Office of Community Policing provides.

Coffee with A Cop

Building relationships. One cup at a time.
Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other.


Bicycle Registration

Bicycle registration is recommended by the Office of Community Policing. Registration serves several purposes:

It's a deterrent to crime and
it can aid in the identification of lost or stolen bicycles.

Bicycle registration at the Office of Community Policing is cost-free and easy. Simply stop in to the Office of Community Policing and fill out a registration form. Once the form is filled out, a tamper proof sticker will be given to the bicycle owner or can be affixed to the bicycle if brought to the office at the time of registration.

The registration lasts indefinitely and stickers are non-transferable.

Junior Police Academy

Open to all area youth entering 9th through 12th grade. Our two week academy focuses on physical fitness, leadership and positive character developement. Applicants must have a "C" or better on last report card and two letters of recommendations from community leaders.




Mon - Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat-Sun: Closed



Main Street Photo: Cortland Standard

Drone Video Footage: Matt Maniaci

Music by John Cougar Mellencamp "Small Town"