Police Department Administration

Chief Alvernaz joined the department in February of 1996. During his career, he has served on all three platoons in various ranks.  He has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Training Committee and serves as a police instructor. He is a graduate of the 275th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, VA.  He was previously the departments senior historian and commanded both the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Elmira Police Honor Guard.  Prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Detective Bureau.  He was voted the 2019 Maria Yolanda Lopez Supervisor of the Year.  In June 2021, he was promoted to Chief of Police.

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Deputy Chief Kristen Thorne joined the Elmira Police Department in November 2004. Deputy Chief Thorne is currently serving as second in command of the Elmira Police Department. Deputy Chief Thorne is a graduate of Corning Community College having earned an AAS degree in Criminal Justice. Deputy Chief Thorne is a Police Instructor in the fields of General Topics and Defensive Tactics. In the past Deputy Chief Thorne has served in the positions of K9 Handler, SWAT team Operator, Supervisor in the Detective Bureau, Officer in charge of the Drug Enforcement Unit and SWAT team Commander.

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A/Captain Christopher Osiecki joined the Elmira Police Department in 2008 and is currently the commanding Officer of C platoon.  A/Captain Osiecki studied Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Delaware and SUNY Cortland.  A/Captain Osiecki is currently the head of the departments Field Training Evaluation Program and Aviation unit (sUAS).  A/Captain Osiecki is a Police Instructor and has run several Field Training Officer schools in Chemung County. A/Captain Osiecki also initiated the department’s Social Media program and currently administers the department Facebook page.

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A/Cpt Scott Packard joined the Elmira Police Department in April of 2003.  A/Cpt Packard is a graduate of Horseheads High School, and attended Rochester Institute of Technology. A/Cpt Packard attended the Broome County Law Enforcement Academy.  A/Cpt Packard was promoted to Sergeant in 2011 and to Lieutenant in 2016 and has been a supervisor in both the investigative and patrol divisions of the Department.  A/Cpt Packard is a Police Instructor that specializes in the area of Evidence Processing and Photography, having trained over 100 NYS State Certified Evidence Technicians for more than 45 agencies across the state.

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A/Lt. Erica Lapierre joined the department in October of 2007. A/Lt. Lapierre was promoted to Sergeant in 2020 and to A/Lt. in 2021. A/Lt. Lapierre is currently the Commanding Officer of the Elmira Police Department’s A Platoon, the midnight shift for the Patrol Division. During her career, A/Lt. Lapierre has served in the positions of Patrol Officer on all three platoons and as an Investigator for the Detective Bureau. A/ Lt. Lapierre is a certified Police Instructor, Field Training Officer, and assists the department as a grant writer and Department Historian. A/ Lt. Lapierre has received many college degrees most recently she was awarded a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a dissertation on Maternal infanticide, filicide, and abuse.

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