On August 15, 2013, the Alfred community welcomed Les Kachurek, a 23-year veteran of the City of Niagara Falls Police Department, as the new chief of police for the University Police Department, which coordinates law enforcement on the Alfred State campus. The department includes a chief of police, department secretary, three lieutenants, and eight sworn police officers.
Chief Kachurek will be overseeing all activities of the University Police Department, including planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, and budgeting in accordance with the department’s goals. He has served in a diverse array of roles in law enforcement, including administrative captain of the City of Niagara Falls Police Department, director of training and accreditation, commander of the city jail, project manager, and relief patrol division commander. He also served as an adjunct instructor at Niagara County Community College for 12 years.
"Les Kachurek brings great vision and experience to Alfred State as our new chief of police. His background in both education and state accreditation make him a wonderful fit to the existing culture of our accredited University Police Department," says Greg Sammons, Alfred State vice president of student affairs.
Chief Kachurek holds three master’s degrees—in criminal justice, organizational management, and business administration—and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy. He has received numerous medals and commendations, including the Superintendent’s Award, Combat Cross, Gallantry Star, and Meritorious Service Medal and has volunteered with or supported several community organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Niagara Hospice, Canine Helpers, and the Humane Society.