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David C. Ortolano has been the Chief of Police for the City of Dunkirk since February 2005. He is a veteran of the Dunkirk Police Department with over 30 years of service.
Chief Ortolano began his career in 1985 as a Patrolman and in 1997 he achieved the distinction of being the first Patrol Sergeant in department history. He was later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2000 and remained at that rank until being promoted to Chief.
Upon becoming Chief of Police he set goals to address quality of life issues within the neighborhoods along with public safety along our very active waterfront and parks. On a day to day basis the men and women of the police department work very hard to assure these priorities are kept.
One key initiative Chief Ortolano is responsible for bringing to the City of Dunkirk is the Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out. For the past 21 years the Chief has led the department's Community Policing and Safety Programs. These programs and initiatives continue to be a very strong part of the police department's crime prevention partnership with the community.
Chief Ortolano is a founding member and current board of directors member of the Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Fund. The fund was created to assist families of Law Enforcement, Firefighters and EMS workers in Chautauqua County in the event of an in the line of duty death or critically debilitating injury. The fund also sponsors scholarships to High School Students interested in the fields of Law Enforcement, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services. Information on the fund can be found by contacting the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.
Chief Ortolano is always available at Police Headquarters to address any concerns or issues of public safety within the community.
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