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Chief of Police

Levi J. Ritter was appointed the Police Chief of the City of Plattsburgh by Mayor Colin Read on April 5th, 2018. He had previously served as Lieutenant of the Detective Division.

Throughout his career, Chief Ritter has served as a Patrol Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. He also served as Vice President and President of the Plattsburgh Police Officers Union Local 812. 

Chief Ritter was sworn in as a Plattsburgh Police Officer on April 5th, 2004. He credits his time as a night shift Patrol Officer with helping him learn how to interact and communicate with a wide range of people, a skill he regards as essential to police work.

As Lieutenant of the Detective Division, he came to fully understand the impact that illegal drugs had made in the City of Plattsburgh and neighboring communities by overseeing the department's Narcotics Enforcement Unit. The adverse effects that drugs have, specifically heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioids, only intensify the commitment that the Plattsburgh Police Department has to provide the highest level of public safety to the community.

Chief Ritter grew up in AuSable Forks, NY and upon graduation spent six years in the United States Coast Guard where his time was spent enforcing maritime laws along the East coast of the United States. During his service, he twice earned the Commandant's Letter of Commendation.

Chief Ritter has a clear vision for where he sees the Plattsburgh Police Department and wants to make sure he does his part to carry on its rich history. As a former Detective Lieutenant once told him, "My grandfather used to tell me to always do what’s right. That will guide you well during your career. It’s sometimes difficult, but always gauge your actions against it. Remember that this department is bigger than any of its parts. It has been around since the 1890’s and will be here long after you all are gone. We are merely caretakers for the twenty some odd years we are here. Try to leave it better than you found it."

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