Hluch Is Newest Guilderland Officer
Guilderland Town Supervisor Peter Barber swore in Guilderland Police Department's newest officer on February 22, 2021 during an informal ceremony held at the town hall.
Officer Mario Hluch is a lateral transfer from the Albany County Sheriff's Department and fills a spot recently vacated by a retirement. He will be assigned to the patrol division following a period of field training.
One Hired, Four Promoted as 2020 Ends
On December 30, 2020, Supervisor Peter Barber presided over the promotions of four officers and the swearing in of one new officer who joins the Guilderland Police Department.
- Lt. Eric Batchelder was promoted to the rank of Captain. Captain Batchelder was hired in 2001 and promoted to Lieutenant in 2015. He has overseen the Patrol Division, Communications Division and Community Services Unit.
- Sr. Investigator Tom Funk was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant. F/Sgt. Funk was hired in 1994, and in 2008 he was promoted to Senior Investigator and since overseen the Criminal Investigations Unit.
- Officer Matt Hanzalik was promoted to the rank of Investigator. Inv. Hanzalik was hired in 2009 and has been working in the Community Services Unit since 2014.
- Officer Damir Svraka was promoted to the rank of Retail Interdiction Detail (R.I.D.) Investigator. Inv. Svraka joined the department in 2017 as a lateral transfer from the Troy Police and had been assigned to the Patrol Division.
- Officer Michael Doynow was sworn in as Guilderland’s newest officer. Officer Doynow is a lateral transfer from the Albany County Sheriff’s Dept. He will be assigned to the patrol division following field training.
Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Committee
The Town of Guilderland is proud to announce the formation of the Town of Guilderland Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Committee. The Committee is formed in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 203 which requires the Town to prepare a plan to address racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color. The Order requires that the Town Supervisor, Chief of Police, and appointed stakeholders shall convene to prepare the plan by considering directives in the Order and expounded upon in the Governor’s Resources & Guide for Public Officials and Citizens (August, 2020).
The committee’s work will be supported by The Government Law Center at Albany Law School. Under the direction of Professor Ava Ayers, The Government Law Center has provided invaluable legal research and analysis on pressing important topics. The committee plans to hold its inaugural meeting in the first week of September, and there will be opportunities for public comment and involvement as the committee proceeds with its important work.
The Town of Guilderland set up a Police Reform and Reinvention Committee webpage on the town website.
Guilderland Police Now On Nextdoor
Chief Dan McNally is pleased to announce that the Guilderland Police Department will be now be utilizing Nextdoor to help make our neighborhoods stronger and safer.
The Guilderland Police Department plans to share important news and emergency notifications that are relevant to local neighborhoods on the social network. The department is not able to see any of the content on your neighborhood except for the direct replies to our posts. This ensures your Nextdoor experience remains private.
The Guilderland Police look forward to communicating with you on Next-door to make Guilderland an even better place to live. Visit us over at Nextdoor.