Leila Otis received her official credentials as Stratton VA's new Deptury Chief of Police on May 18, 2018 in a "Pinning Ceremony" held in the lobby at the main entrance of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center. The ceremony, common among military and police, recognizes the assumption of new rank and responsiblilites. Leila Otis has been a proud member of New York Women in Law Enforcement since 2012.
Deputy Cheif Otis began working for the Department of Veteran's Affairs in 2004 as a police dispatcher. She then transitioned to administrative assistant for Police & Safety in 2006 and became a Police Officer in 2008. In 2012, she was promoted to Police Lieutenant. Deputy Chief Otis received a Directors Commendation award in 2011 for her apprehension of a homicide suspect and obtaining a confession for the crime. She was also named Lead Officer of the Year through the Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC) in 2014. Deputy Cheif Otis has been a firearms instructor for the department, lead for the firearms program, and lead training coordinator since 2013. She has been a certified R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) instructor since 2006 and offers this program free of charge to female veterans, employees, and family members on a semi-annual basis.