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ALES Members Take Action to Protect College Students

Friday, November 11, 2011

Every day across the state, ALES members serve the members of their community without hesitation. Regardless of the perilous situations they may encounter, brave members of the PBA of New York State know that they have a job to do and they’re prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect the public.

The following report highlights the honorable actions of ALES members at two separate SUNY campuses. We commend these officers for performing their duties at the highest level. If you’d like to share similar stories, please send a detailed email to In the early morning hours of Sunday, November 6, ALES member Gary Miller – an Officer at SUNY Brockport – stopped a vehicle in a campus parking lot and discovered a .22 caliber rifle with a fully loaded 25 round magazine and over 500 additional rounds of ammunition hidden in the trunk of the car. During the initial investigation, Officer Miller ascertained that the driver had been evicted from his dorm room earlier that day and had no reason to be back on campus. Besides the Criminal Possession of a Weapon charge, the driver was also charged with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. The same individual was also arrested by Officer Dennis Price last month for cocaine possession. This is not only a great arrest, but it eliminated the potential for a truly catastrophic event on the SUNY Brockport campus. On the same day on the other side of the state, students from SUNY Old Westbury reported finding a loaded 9mm handgun and three loaded magazines on the rooftop of a campus building. The gun was hidden in an AC ventilation system. Responding Officers were Lieutenant Zederbaum along with PO Grassini and PO Fontanez – all ALES members. The gun was registered in Oklahoma and stolen from an automobile by an Old Westbury student. Through an intense investigation, the student in question was apprehended and charged with Criminal possession of weapon 2nd degree and Grand larceny 4th. ALES members Det. Lawson and PO Tyson assisted with arrest. This was another great arrest that also may have prevented a violent campus incident.