Airport Police Chief

Syracuse, NY
Syracuse Regional Airport Authority

The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority
(Syracuse, NY)
Invites applications for
Airport Police Chief


The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (Authority), owner and operator of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR), invites applications for the position of Airport Police Chief.

The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is an economic engine for the central New York region and is a vital partner for industries across the state and beyond. With business opportunities including real estate, land development, general aviation, and cargo, sky’s the limit at SYR.

Passenger growth, air service expansion, enhanced airport amenities and various terminal improvement projects have been consistent themes at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport for years, and 2023 was no exception, as the airport experienced unprecedented passenger growth serving over 2.8 million passengers. SYR has exceeded pre-pandemic activity levels and continues to be one of the fastest growing airports in the country, expanding at a rate more than double the national average for all commercial airports. The airport is served by 9 airlines that provide nonstop services to 30 unique destinations.

Named as a significant regional partner, it is easy to understand that the Syracuse Hancock International Airport has a tremendous effect on the local economy. SYR contributes billions in annual economic impact to the region each year. Over the past year, SYR has become the go-to airport for Central New York.

With remarkable growth comes change. To ensure the safety and security of travelers, the new SRAA Police Department was created, assuming duties as the primary law enforcement agency of SYR on March 6, 2023. The culmination of a multi-year effort, this transition to an in-house police department allows SRAA flexibility in scheduling work shifts and increased control over staffing levels. The transition has been well received as the police department focuses on community policing and customer service.

Infrastructure expansion and master planning continue to be a primary focus for SYR, to help determine how the airport can best position itself to accommodate growing and changing aeronautical demands. In 2023, the SRAA proudly supported several industry-leading initiatives placing SYR in the spotlight. Initiatives include a first of its kind world Glycol Recycling Facility, a NUAIR Center of Excellence for Advanced Air Mobility, and hosting the first Aviation Summit on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

The SYR terminal Expansion Project is a visionary endeavor that will redefine how travelers explore the world. Supported in part by a $20 million grant from the New York State Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition, the multi-year effort focuses on concourse expansions, Federal Inspection Station upgrades, and new concession options that will modernize the Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

SYR’s growth shows no signs of slowing and the airport team is poised for the challenge of balancing construction activity, while enhancing the customer experience and minimizing operational impacts. This is a prime opportunity to join the dynamic team at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

Overview of Requirements

The Airport Police Chief is responsible for administering and directing the requirements of 49 CFR Part §

1542 – Airport Security including all law enforcement activities of Syracuse Hancock International Airport. Under the general direction of the Executive Director of the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority, or designee. The Police Chief performs work involving the administration and management for the development, planning, directing, coordinating, and reviewing law enforcement policies and procedures and related activities of the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority police department and badging office, along with contracted security. The position exercises management and supervision over a number of police and civilian employees of different ranks and responsibilities.

A full range of standard police duties including patrol, investigation, crime prevention, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, and coordination with county, state and federal law enforcement agencies is performed by the Airport police department under the direction of the Police Chief. This position works in close contact with the Federal agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Aviation Administration, the general public, the Authority’s board and staff, and the citizenry of the community. Familiarity with airport and aviation management is helpful in this position.

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