Syracuse VA Medical Center
Timothy A. Gerald VHA Senior Security Officer Visits the Syracuse VA
March 19, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Timothy A. Gerald
VHA Senior Security Officer (Chief of Police)
Visits the Syracuse VAMC
Participates in Open House for Newly Completed Syracuse VA Police Station
Mr. Timothy A. Gerald, Senior Security Officer (Chief of Police) for the Veterans Health Administration visited the Syracuse VA Medical Center March 19, 2015.
After a meeting with the Director, Syracuse VA Police Chief Jon Godfrey and other senior staff, Mr. Gerald took a tour of the facility. A highlight of the visit was his participation in the open house for the newly completed Syracuse VAMC Police Station.
In his remarks, Chief Gerald had high praise for the state of the art facilities, the capabilities they represent and support they provide to the Police force. He had even higher praise for the obviously outstanding relationship the Syracuse VA Police have with the Medical Center leadership and employees.
“VA Police work is very challenging. These officers have a difficult and important job to do and it is very apparent to me that everyone here at the Syracuse VA sees them as part of the team”, said Gerald.
Commenting on the new Police Station, Chief Jon Godfrey said, the station is a 1.7 million dollar project to provide the department the state of the art technology required in modern law enforcement. “The VA Police face increased challenges to keep Veterans and staff safe and provide assistance to all who visit the Medical Center or outpatient clinics and this new station will be a valuable asset in that effort,” said Godfrey.
Also on hand for the open house was retired Syracuse VA Police Chief Richard Salisbury. Chief Salisbury was the first VA Police Chief assigned to the Syracuse VA Medical Center and served from 1972 until his retirement in 1990.
Chief Gerald assumed his duties as VHA Senior Security Officer in February 2014. Prior to coming to the VA, he served as the Deputy Director, Office of Security at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from 2009 to 2013. He retired from the US Air Force in July 2007 with 22 years of active duty service.