Two Officers with Ties to the North Country Hard at Work on Both Campuses

SUNY Canton has selected Alan P. Mulkin as Deputy Chief of University Police and SUNY Potsdam has chosen Timothy M. Ashley II, to work in the same capacity.

Mulkin is the former Chief of the Canton Village Police Department. Ashley has been with SUNY Potsdam’s University Police force since 2009. Both will report to Chief John Kaplan, a 1982 SUNY Potsdam graduate, who oversees the University Police departments at both institutions. The new deputy chiefs will work together to share expertise with officers at both campuses.

Al Mukin & Tim Ashley

“I’ve been fortunate to work with both Tim and Alan in many capacities in the past,” Kaplan said. “They are exceptionally reliable and dependable. They understand the unique dynamics of both colleges and the surrounding communities. They will work closely with officers from both campuses and other surrounding agencies.”

Alan P. Mulkin originally hails from Potsdam and now resides in Canton. He served at the Canton Village Police Department for 18 years, and is a former instructor in SUNY Canton’s criminal justice program. He’s also been an instructor at the David Sullivan – St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton. He is a 1985 graduate of Corning Community College, where he earned an associate of applied science in criminal justice. Mulkin is a 1996 graduate of SUNY Potsdam, and attended the FBI National Academy at the University of Virginia in Quantico.

An Ogdensburg native, Timothy M. Ashley II attended SUNY Canton, where he served as a resident assistant and interned with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, graduating in 1993 with an associate degree in criminal justice. From 1994 to 2001, Ashley worked as a corrections officer in Sing Sing, Fishkill and Riverview correctional facilities. He also attended SUNY Plattsburgh and Empire State College, earning his bachelor’s degree in human and community services in 1997.

In 2001, Ashley joined the University Police force at SUNY Canton, where he served as a field training officer and earned a Meritorious Service Award in 2007 for saving the life of a fellow officer. In 2009, he joined SUNY Potsdam’s University Police, becoming a Lieutenant a year later. He is currently a graduate student in St. Lawrence University’s educational leadership master’s program.

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About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.

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