David Honan has served as Cornell University’s Chief of Police since March of 2019. Originally from Rochester, New York, Honan joined the Cornell University Police Department in 1995. Progressing through the ranks as an officer, sergeant and lieutenant, he served as deputy chief of police from 2010 until his appointment as chief. Chief Honan is passionate about building bridges and meaningful connections between law enforcement and all members of our community and is dedicated to actively pursuing opportunities to meet, collaborate and develop relationships between police and students, as well as with the staff, faculty and visitors who come to campus.
Chief Honan currently serves on various committees on campus, including the Bias Assessment and Review Team; Cornell Diversity Community; Behavioral Health Committee; Coalition on Mental Health and Well-being; Alcohol and Other Drug Review Team; and the Cornell Incident Management Team. He is a member of the Cornell Threat Assessment Team and is a certified police instructor and police firearms instructor. He has also attended and taught many classes in police management, community engagement, effective investigations, victim advocacy and diversity. He is a graduate of Cornell’s Leading Cornell and Harold D. Craft leadership development programs.
Chief Honan is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal and juvenile justice from Ithaca College.