Alum Becomes New Police Chief

Andrea Bastedo is a 1995 alumna of OCC and the College’s new Director of Campus Safety & Security. She is pictured in the Service & Maintenance Building where campus law enforcement is headquartered.

Andrea Bastedo looks out at the OCC campus from her new office and almost can’t believe what she sees. Everything looks so much different than it did when she came here as a student 27 years ago. “It’s surreal. I remember when all of my classes were in Academic I (now Mawhinney Hall) and the gym was the only building on the other side of campus. It’s good to be back.”

Bastedo is the new Director of Campus Safety & Security. Her first day on the job was April 15. “Student safety is paramount. We want everyone on campus to have a good quality of life, to be comfortable, to be happy and to be doing what they have to be doing.”

Bastedo is a lifelong resident of Central New York. She graduated from Henninger High School in 1992 and received a Criminal Justice degree from OCC in 1995. She also earned a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Columbia College, a master’s in Public Administration from Marist College and a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University.

Since completing work toward her degree at OCC she has had simultaneous military and law enforcement careers. In July of 1995 she joined the New York Air National Guard. Twenty years later she became a Lieutenant Colonel in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Bastedo also served as an Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy from 1997 until her retirement in 2018. Last year she joined the Marcellus Police Department and worked as a School Resource Officer in the Lyncourt Union Free School District.

As the new Director of OCC’s Campus Safety & Security she wants the entire campus community to know she and her department are here to serve and need everyone to be part of the process. “If you see something, say something. Call us, tells us, email us. There’s an open door here for everyone.”

Bastedo replaces Dave Wall who retired after 3-and-a-half years in the position. Prior to coming to OCC he was a highly-decorated leader in the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

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