Four Cornell University Police Department (CUPD) officers were officially sworn in and four others received promotions at the officer commissioning and swearing-in ceremony, held Nov. 8 at Moakley House.
The event, led by CUPD Chief Anthony Bellamy and attended by President Martha E. Pollack, among others, celebrated the officers’ achievements and promotions, which have already taken effect.
To start the commissioning ceremony, Lt. Eric Stickel was promoted to the rank of deputy chief; Investigations Sgt. Scott Grantz ’99 was promoted to lieutenant; and Patrol Officers Jackie Cito and Jake Tubbs were both made sergeants. Newly sworn in were officers Glen Addicott, Austin Becker-Harris, Derek Holcomb and Eric Winkky.
“These officers, they show great attitude,” Bellamy said. “They know their behavior is going to reflect that attitude, and they’re always going to give their effort.”
Stickel began his career at Cornell in 2008 as a full officer. In 2015, he was promoted to patrol sergeant, and then to training sergeant in 2019. In 2021, he became a uniformed lieutenant, directing evening and night shifts.
Grantz started in 2002 as a CUPD patrol officer. In 2004, he took a two-year hiatus, returning in 2006 as a patrol officer again. Since his return, Grantz has served as patrol sergeant and investigations sergeant. In his new role as lieutenant, he will be in charge of the evening and night shifts.
Cito started at Cornell in 2019; Tubbs began his service a year earlier. As full-time officers, both have served on department and university committees, and have demonstrated the ability to be strong leaders and have engaged with the community, Bellamy said.
Addicott was hired as a Cornell patrol officer in 2021, while attending the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy in Corning. He was three-fourths of the way through his program, Bellamy said, when he joined Cornell and went through the CUPD training process before becoming an officer. He is assigned to the evening shift.
Prior to becoming a Cornell patrol officer in 2021, Becker-Harris was an officer in the City of Binghamton Police Department. He is a graduate of the Broome County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Academy and is currently assigned to the night shift.
Holcomb, who joined Cornell as a patrol officer in 2021, is a graduate of the Broome County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Academy. He worked at Cayuga Medical Center before joining CUPD, where he currently works the evening shift.
Winkky became a Cornell patrol officer in 2021. He is a graduate of the Broome County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Academy, and is now assigned to the evening shift.
The CUPD mission, Bellamy said, is to protect lives and property, maintain order, prevent crimes, investigate reports of crimes and provide other law enforcement services.
“The department is responsive to the special needs of Cornell’s large and diverse community,” Bellamy said, “a community of people who come from across the United States and the world to study and work at Cornell.”