Department of Public Safety

Bureau of Police


  Paul Thompson, Chief of Police

108  Main St.
 Oneida, NY 13421

(315) 363-9111    Fax: (315)363-4754

Complaints (315) 363-2323 – Emergency 911

Office Hours: 8:00 – 4:00 Mon. – Thurs;  8:00 – 3:30 Friday



The mission of the Oneida City Police Department is to protect life and property through the enforcement of laws and the providing of service to the community.  The department is responsible to maintain order, address quality of life issues and to promote a community partnership that works together in the prevention and investigation of illegal activity and the safety to neighborhoods and businesses.  The department recognized the importance of treating each person in a fair and impartial manner and to treat each person with respect.

Police officers, assisted by a Community Service Officer and clerical staff, provide a full range of services to the community. Responsibility for the protection of life and property in the City requires that the police work to prevent crime, investigate criminal acts and arrest people responsible for crimes. To prevent crime the department offers a full range of crime preventions activity, including a , Neighborhood Watch, Bike safety and a Youth Court program.

The department responds to approximately 9,000 calls a year. Approximately 1,600+ traffic summons are issued and 1,400 parking summons. Around 700 arrests are made in a year. The Community Service Officer handles animal complaints, trash and junk vehicle complaints, vehicle lockouts, traffic duties and assists officers as needed.

The members of the department often visit the schools to speak on various subjects as requested.  Topics include, Computer laws, drug awareness, bullying, traffic related issues,  and career opportunities.

Free gun locks, that have been provided by Project Homesafe, that can be used to safely secure any handgun or long gun, are available by stopping at the Oneida Police Department front desk, Monday-Friday 9am – 4pm.  All firearms should be secured to prevent a child or stranger from accidentally firing the gun.

Used cell phones can be dropped off at the police station.  Monday – Friday 9:00 Am – 4:00 Pm   The phones are sent to a cell phone bank to be refurbished and distributed to domestic violence victims and senior citizen for emergency 911 use.

Senior Citizens or anyone that feels they could benefit from having a cell phone available for 911 Emergency use can contact the Oneida City Police Department Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm at 315-363-9111. Ask for D. Service  and she will take your information for distribution of a cell phone as they are received.  The phones can only be used to call 911 and are for emergency purposes only. Chargers are included with the phones.


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