Chatham Central School District welcomes Deputy Travis Van Alstyne as our new School Resource Deputy (SRD). Deputy Van Alstyne was assigned to our District this spring and we look forward to having him on campus full time once our schools reopen.
He is likely a familiar face to many in our school community. Professionally, Deputy Van Alstyne has been a regular visitor to our schools, where, with his K9 partner Kira, he has participated in many of our career days or led presentations about police work for our students. He’s also a Chatham graduate and lives in Ghent with his wife (also a Chatham grad) and their two children, who are current Chatham students.
Deputy Van Alstyne has worked for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for the past 15 years, and began his law enforcement career with the Village of Chatham Police Department. He is a graduate of the Zone 14 Police Academy and is a certified K9 handler, field training officer, general topics and firearms instructor, and previously served on the county’s dive team and tactical response team.
At home, what he enjoys most is spending time with his family, hunting, and being outdoors in general. While in school, his passion was basketball; he helped Chatham win the Patroon Conference Championship in 2000 and went on to play basketball at Southern Vermont College.
With Kira retiring, he’s excited for the opportunity to further his law enforcement career at CSSD and to work closely with our students and staff to keep our school district a safe, healthy, and positive place to learn. “It’s nice to be back. There are a lot of faculty members still here who were here when I was.” Deputy Van Alstyne says. “I had a lot of people who helped me get to where I am and I feel like it is my time to give back.”
As our School Resource Deputy, he will be on campus Monday through Friday when school is in session. Funding for full-time SRD services is shared equally between the Sheriff’s Office and the District.