Assistant Chief Jim Speyer is a 28 year veteran of the Police Department. He graduated at the top of his academy class and as a patrolman he served in many different positions throughout the department, including SWAT, Field Training Officer, and the Department’s Honor Guard. In his fourth year he was promoted to Sergeant and as a first line supervisor he supervised in administration and patrol. Speyer was the Training Sergeant for 5 years and also served as the Entry Team Leader and Sniper Team Leader on the SWAT Team. . Upon being promoted to Lieutenant he served as the Community Service Lieutenant, Afternoon and Dayshift Patrol Lieutenant, and Accident Investigation Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain a few years later and served as the Information & Technology Supervisor as well as the department’s Public Information Officer, and Honor Guard Supervisor. Speyer was promoted to Assistant Chief in February of 2014 where he currently serves. Assistant Chief Speyer is a past president of Western New York Concerns of Police Survivors and remains active in the Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy where he teaches NYS Penal Law. He is also a past president of the Cheektowaga Police Captains and Lieutenants Association.
Captain Isbrandt began his career with the Cheektowaga Police Department in 1989. In addition to his regular duties as a Patrolman, Captain Isbrandt also was a Field Training Officer, a member of the Bicycle Patrol, a member of the Support Team, a Union Shift Representative, and lastly assigned to the Accident Investigation Unit.
Captain Isbrandt’s first promotion was to the rank of Patrol Sergeant in 2002 where he spent time supervising the 1st and 3rd patrol platoons. In 2003, he was then promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. At that rank, Captain Isbrandt spent 4 years as the Personnel Development Lieutenant where he supervised and managed the background and hiring process for sworn and civilian personnel, the Field Training Officer Program, and the Department’s In-Service training.
In 2007, Captain Isbrandt was appointed to the Detective Bureau as a Detective Lieutenant supervising the day shift Detectives and the Sex Offense Squad. From that position, he was promoted to Captain of the Detective Bureau in 2011.
Captain Michael Sliwinski joined the Cheektowaga Police Department in 1991. He is a graduate of The State University of New York at Buffalo with a Degree in Economics.
While working as a Patrolman, Captain Sliwinski served, at various intervals, on all three platoon shifts. In that time period he was a Field Training Officer, Bicycle Patrol Officer, Drug Court Warrant Officer, and a School Liaison at Cheektowaga Central High School. Captain Sliwinski also served as a Task Force Officer with the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration.
Following his promotion to Sergeant in 2002, Captain Sliwinski supervised the 1st and 3rd platoons.
In 2004, Captain Sliwinski was promoted to Lieutenant and commanded the 1st and 3rd platoons until 2005 when he was transferred to head the Vice, Gambling, and Narcotics Unit (VGN). Captain Sliwinski served as Tactical Unit Commander from 2008 to 2011 and is a member of the Professional Standards Unit.
Captain Sliwinski was promoted to Captain in 2011.
Captain Pilat began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a New York State Department of Corrections Officer. He spent four years between Sing-Sing and Oneida Correctional Facilities. In 1993 he joined the Cheektowaga Police Department. He graduated #1 in his Police Academy class. As a patrolman he assisted in the transition from sworn to civilian personnel at the headquarters front desk, and was an advisor for the Cheektowaga Police Explorers program.
Captain Pilat was promoted to Sergeant in 2002. He spent 5 year as a Sergeant working in Central Records and as a Patrol Watch Commander. As a Sergeant he was also a breacher on the SWAT Team and in charge of the Tactical Support Team. In 2007 he was promoted to Headquarters Lieutenant. Two year later he requested and received a transfer to head the department’s Accident Investigation Unit. Shortly after that, he was also awarded command of the SWAT Team. In 2012, his successes in these positions resulted in his promotion to Captain of Administration. Currently Captain Pilat manages the department’s budget and fleet, along with the training and dispatch units.
Captain Pilat has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently the Vice President of the Captains and Lieutenants Association.