Rochester Police Chief Rose Through the Ranks with a Brockport Education
La’Ron Singletary has led a life of public service hoping to make a difference in the lives of others.
Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary '09, who earned a Master of Public Administration from SUNY Brockport, knew he wanted to be a police officer since he was a child. Before his feet could touch the floor, he would sit on the couch with his grandfather watching “Cops” on television.
“I would say, ‘Grandad, I’m going to be one of those when I grow up,’” he remembered.
Singletary’s whole life has been rooted in Rochester, and he’s now raising his family there, too. Singletary graduated from the Rochester City School District and completed his undergraduate education at Monroe Community College and Keuka College.
He started in the police explorer program before being accepted into the police academy in 2000. And from the beginning, others would say, ‘You're going to be chief one day,’ he recalled.
They were right.
Singletary rose through the ranks, holding multiple titles including officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief, and eventually chief. Appointed in April of 2019, he is believed to be the youngest chief in the department's history.
Before he would hold the highest title in the department, Singletary said he knew education would be key in his career development.
“I knew I wanted to excel through the ranks in the police department,” he said. In 2007, Singletary started in the public administration program.
"[It] was right up my alley,” he said.
He worked full time during the day and attended classes at night. According to Singletary, the classes were relevant to his career focus, as they addressed budgeting, public service, and customer service.
“[And] that’s what it’s like being the police chief,” he said. “If you want to work in a managerial role in the police department, it’s a business.”
Singletary has a passion for Rochester and a vision for what the community and police department can be.
“Each and every day that I come to work, I try my hardest to make the Rochester Police Department the very best organization that it possibly can with the end goal of making the city safe for those citizens that live, work, and play in Rochester,” Singletary said.
He encourages Brockport students interested in law enforcement to stay focused.
“Law enforcement is a noble profession that remains supported by the silent majority; however, it is the loud minority who may draw all the attention. There is no service like public service,” he said. “You will not get rich monetarily while performing public service; however, you will be rich beyond belief knowing that you have the ability to make a difference in your community and the lives of others.”