SUNY Cobleskill is pleased to welcome Carlianne Rubin and Erik Peterson as the College’s newest members of the SUNY Cobleskill University Police Department. Held on August 14, 2014 and conducted by SUNY Cobleskill Acting President, Dr. Debra Thatcher, Rubin and Peterson took an oath to serve and protect the campus and its community to the very best of their abilities. The Vice President of Student Affairs, Steven Ackerknecht, and University Police Chief, Frank Lawrence, were also in attendance.

As New York natives, Peterson, from Buffalo, and Rubin, from Saratoga Springs, were drawn to the rural charm and close-knit community that characterizes SUNY Cobleskill. Rubin, having recently acquired her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Plattsburgh, has always harbored a passion for animal rights. Previously working at an animal hospital and dedicating her free time to advocating for the safety of pitbulls, Rubin connected with the strong animal and agricultural presence that can be found at SUNY Cobleskill. Peterson, who also recently acquired his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from The Rochester Institute of Technology, and has several years of experience with the RIT and Rochester Police Departments, embraced the atmosphere of the SUNY Cobleskill campus upon his first visit. “The main goal is to keep everyone safe. I hope that throughout my time here I can keep this environment as safe as possible so everyone can continue to learn,” remarks Rubin.

Rubin and Peterson are currently attending the Elmira Regional Public Safety Training Center for four months, which started August 18,2014. After their time spent at the Elmira Regional Public Safety Training Center, a twelve week field training session will promptly begin for both officers and entail shadowing other SUNY Cobleskill University Police officers. “Having Rubin and Peterson on the force is absolutely wonderful,” said Frank Lawrence. “It allows us to maintain proper staffing levels which ensure the SUNY Cobleskill University Police Department is continually operating at the highest level of efficiency, providing the students and the campus community with best protection possible.”