Syracuse police to appoint longtime officer as deputy chief | #College. | #Students

Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse police and the mayor’s office have announced that a longtime Syracuse police officer has been promoted to deputy chief.

Mark Rusin, a member of the department since 2007, had been promoted from detective sergeant to deputy chief, according to a news release from Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh’s office.

Rusin will replace former Deputy Chief Derek McGork, who recently left the department to become the director of security at Le Moyne College, city officials said.

Rusin. 39, is well-known in the department for his work drafting the department’s body-worn camera policies and overseeing the program’s rollout, officials said. He also drafted the Syracuse Police Reform and Reinvention Plan and has served on the Mayor’s Police Oversight Reform Committee.

“Mark’s knowledge of law enforcement and his deep concern for the community has earned the respect of his fellow officers and residents and stakeholders with whom he has partnered to implement progressive, 21st-century police practices in Syracuse,” Walsh said.

Rusin will oversee the department’s uniform bureau, city officials said.

Rusin served as a patrol officer from 2007 to 2009 before moving to the department’s Criminal Investigations Division where he worked until 2018. In 2018, he became the department’s legal services liaison.

During his career, Rusin has been honored with several awards including; Post Standard Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigation in 2017, InterFaith Works Leader Award in 2017, Chiefs of Police Association Award in 2016, Police Benevolent Association Merit Award in 2016 and the Chief’s Achievement Award for Bravery in the Line-of-Duty in 2012.

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