Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Syracuse Police Chief Joe Cecile announced the promotion of Mark Rusin to deputy police chief. Rusin, who has been a member of the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) since 2006, most recently served as a Detective Sergeant. Rusin is known in the Department and in the community for his work implementing the Department’s body-worn camera program, updating Department policies and procedures, and police reform initiatives.
“Mark’s knowledge of law enforcement and his deep concern for the community have earned him the respect of fellow officers, residents and stakeholders with whom he has partnered to implement progressive measures. , 21stpolicing practices of the last century in Syracuse,” Mayor Walsh said. “From his work on police-community dialogue circles to helping train officers on new policies and procedures to being a liaison with the Citizens Review Board, Mark has demonstrated his ability to bring the community and our officers to make the Syracuse Police Department the very best it can be.
“Sergeant. Rusin has worked tirelessly to elevate the professionalism of the Syracuse Police Department through best practice training, policies and procedures. He has also worked tirelessly in the community, working with a host of civic organizations on criminal justice reform, executive orders, broad and inclusive policies and procedures, and global transparency,” said the Chef Cecile. “Because of the breadth of his work, he is widely known and respected both within the SPD and in the community.”
Rusin will oversee the department’s uniform office, replacing former deputy chief Derek McGork who left the department earlier this month to become director of security at Le Moyne College.
Working as the Legal Affairs Liaison in the Office of the Chief of Police, Rusin played a lead role in the creation and implementation of updated SPD policies, including its Policy on the Use of force in 2019, which is recognized as a model policy in New York. State. Rusin was also instrumental in crafting and overseeing Mayor Walsh’s Executive Order No. 1 signed into law in 2020, which sets out sixteen pillars of police reform. He also helped draft the Syracuse Police Reform and Reinvention Plan created under a New York State Executive Order and served on the Mayor’s Police Oversight Reform Committee. Rusin also wrote the SPD’s policy on body-worn cameras and oversaw the rollout of the program to police forces.
Rusin served as a patrol officer in the Bureau of Uniforms from 2007 to 2009. He was a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division from 2009 to 2018, investigating crimes including multi-jurisdictional cases at the local, state and federal levels. Rusin became a legal services liaison in 2018. In addition to the use of force policy, Rusin represented the department on the drafting of “Interactions with Transgender People” and was the liaison for the ministry to the local LGBTQ+ community. He is part of the SPD team working with the Onondaga County Department of Mental Health to create multi-agency, alternative response policing to handle encounters with people in crisis.
Rusin has been a police academy and on-duty instructor since 2011. Rusin was awarded the Post Standard Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigation in 2017, the InterFaith Works Leader Award in 2017, the Chiefs of Police Association Award in 2016, the Police Benevolent Association Merit Award in 2016 and the Chief’s Achievement Award for Bravery in the Line-of-Duty in 2012.
Rusin holds a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master of Science in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California, Irvine.