Cheektowaga Police Captain Retires after 31 Years of Service. Congratulations Capt. S. Pilat.
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. Captain Pilat had managed the department’s budget and fleet, along with the dispatch unit, prior to his current position as the Captain of the Patrol Division.
Captain Pilat has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently the Vice President of the Captains and Lieutenants Association.