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University Police Personnel Profiles

Timothy Ashley, Chief of University Police

Chief Ashley became Chief of University Police at SUNY Canton in August 2022. He originally joined the University Police force at SUNY Canton in 2001, where he served as a field training officer and earned a Meritorious Service Award in 2007 for saving the life of a fellow officer. In 2009, he joined SUNY Potsdam's University Police, becoming a Lieutenant a year later. He was named Deputy Chief in 2013 and Chief in 2014.

Brian E. Kurish, Lieutenant

Lt. Kurish has been a member of the department since 1999. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Potsdam. Lt. Kurish holds specialized certification as a General Topics Instructor (IDC), CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, Crime Prevention, Defensive Driving Instructor and as a Field Training Officer.

Dale W. Hutchins, Officer

Officer Hutchins has been a member of the department since 2004. He received his Associates Degree from SUNY Morrisville. Officer Hutchins holds specialized certification as a Field Training Officer.

Tammy J. LaPage-Avery, Officer

Officer LaPage-Avery has been a member of the department since 2008. She received her Associates Degree from SUNY Canton and her Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Potsdam, and a Certificate in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Officer LaPage-Avery holds specialized certification as an Evidence Technician and as a Field Training Officer.

David J. Cummings, Officer

Officer Cummings has been a member of the department since 2013. He received his Associates Degree from Mohawk Valley Community College and his Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY IT (Utica). Officer Cummings holds specialized certification as a Field Training Officer, General Topics Instructor, Glock Armorer, and a Bike Patrol Officer.

Joseph Kubinski, Officer

Officer Joseph Kubinski has been a member of the department since 2013. He received his Associate’s Degree from Jefferson Community College. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Empire State College.

Tyler Thomas, Officer

Officer Tyler Thomas has been a member of the department since 2017. He received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Canton. Officer Thomas holds specialized certification as a General Topics Instructor.

Benjamin Dent, Officer

Officer Dent has been a member of the department since 2021. He received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Canton.

Joshua Eng, Officer

Officer Eng has been a member of the department since 2021. He received his Master’s Degree from St. Lawrence University. Officer Eng holds specialized certification as a Bike Patrol Officer and has a New York State Emergency Medical Technician certificate.

Jacob Pitcher, Officer

Officer Pitcher has been a member of the department since 2021. He received an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from SUNY Canton, and is a United States Navy veteran.

Michael J. Smith, Office Assistant 2

Mike has worked at SUNY Canton since 2012, and has been working with the department since 2022.