Message From The Chiefs of Policepoliceman in uniform

One of our primary goals when we became your Chiefs of Police was to lead this agency with transparency and inclusion, understanding that both the community and our employees must be part of successfully policing our community. Being integrally involved in the process of making our agency the best it can be had to take an “all hands on deck approach” to building a long-lasting partnership.

It is also a belief of our administration that the face of the Police Department cannot solely be the Office of the Chief’s and that all of our members must take an active role in the Community Policing mindset that we wish to accomplish. With that being said we encourage each and every one of you to get involved with your community. There are many ways to accomplish this within your community, events such as “Town Hall Forums”, “Shop with a Cop” and “National Night Out” to name a few. 

Communication is also paramount. Never before has the Auburn Police    Department been so accessible to the public we serve. Be it though phone calls, walk-ins to our complaint desk, or through our various social media platforms. We want the community that we serve to be able to communicate with us freely without hesitation. We encourage feedback on calls that we respond to, this will allow us to better serve the community that has put their trust in us.

The City of Auburn has gone through a positive transformation over the past few years and we are proud to serve its residents and visitors with the professional standards in which we live by. Our members are highly trained in various aspects of policing and put forth that training and professionalism on a daily basis. We want to be visible to the public so that they can experience the professionalism our officers exhibit each and every day they put on the uniform. 

In closing, on behalf of the proud men and women of the Auburn Police Department who serve our community with honor, dignity, teamwork, and most importantly compassion, we would like to thank the Mayor, Members of Council, as well as the City Manager, for allowing us the distinct honor of leading our 21st Century Police Agency into the future with their undivided support and encouragement.

James T. Slayton, Chief of Police
Roger J. Anthony, Deputy Chief of Police

Mission StatementAuburn Police arm patch

To enhance the quality of life in the City of Auburn by working cooperatively with the citizenry to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, and provide for a safe environment.


The values of the Auburn Police Department begin with the common understanding that all citizens shall be treated with Human Dignity.  Regardless of race, social class, gender, religion, background or beliefs, each individual we serve will be given Respect, Excellence of service, Compassion and understanding, while we promise to always maintain our Integrity through collaborative Teamwork and Accountability by means of a strategic partnership with the community members that we serve.

Respect: The Auburn Police Department views the law and the community as the source of its authority and will faithfully and without bias or prejudice honor this commitment.

Excellence: The Auburn Police Department strives for distinct and superior service between our membership and the partnership we share with the community we serve.

Compassion: The Auburn Police Department strives to show respect for and be sensitive to all citizens and their problems.

Integrity: The Auburn Police Department believes in honesty, consistency and transparency in every interaction with the public that we serve.

Teamwork: The Auburn Police Department believes that each citizen must become involved in efforts to solve their own problems. We must work as a team in order to accomplish mutual goals for our community.

Accountability: Members of the Auburn Police Department are held to the highest standards of accountability to ourselves, our fellow officers, our administration, and those that we serve.


GOALS FOR 2021-2022

1). Increase storage space for evidence/property


Renovate third floor to new evidence / property storage and laboratory space, adhering to NYS accreditation standards.


  • To give the Identification Bureau adequate room to grow, we are looking to utilize space on the third floor to move the Identification office. This will allow room for updated equipment, making the identification process more efficient.
  • Items will be moved from their current locaton on the third floor to a secure location in the attic of the Fire Department.

2). Drone Program


Develop plan to get drone program in service to assist with locating missing persons, AMBER Alerts, search and rescue incidents, scene documentation (crime, traffic crash, and disasters) as well as many other department investigations.


  • A department policy was issued regarding the use of an unmanned aerial system (drone program). The department currently has 2 certified pilots who successfully passed a demanding pilots exam to be able to fly drones in New York State. We are working with the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) to get an additional 4 officers to be New York State certified drone pilots. Also, with the assistance of CRI-TAC, officers would get additional flight time in various weather conditions.

3). Cellebrite


Invest in Cellebrite software program and training


  • In collaboration with Cayuga Counseling Services, our department is seeking a grant to obtain equipment, related software, and training for personnel for the benefit of victim assistance. The Cellebrite program will help assist victims more efficiently and rapidly by collecting digital evidence in a quick and user-friendly fashion.