Albany Police Department

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Neighbors in Albany's Arbor Hill were up in arms over the weekend after the city placed a dumpster in the middle of a popular basketball court.

An Albany police officer is on administrative leave following his arrest in Tennessee.

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Public safety and police staff safety are at risk, according to the Albany Police Officers Union.

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Police Chief appointee Eric Hawkins says he'll bring policies and procedures to Albany that worked well in Southfield, Michigan.

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The mayor of Albany’s pick for police chief addressed reporters today at city hall.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan & Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel address the media in City Hall. (July 18, 2017)
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Albany said goodbye to its second public safety leader in as many days...  the city’s fire chief was given a walkout ceremony Friday.

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Albany Police Chief Robert Sears has retired from the department following more than 20 years of service. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at police headquarters this afternoon for Sears' official "piping out.”

NYCLU Launches Database Of Police Policies

Jul 25, 2018
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The New York Civil Liberties Union has launched an online database of policies from a number of police departments across the state. The idea is to bring internal policies and data to the public, along with accountability and transparency.

Curtis Sliwa leads new recruits on a patrol of Albany's South End.
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The Albany Police Department has launched a new effort at transparency, opening an online portal in advance of a new chief's arrival.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says she will appoint Southfield, Michigan Police Chief Eric Hawkins as the new Chief of the Albany Police Department. 

Crowd joins hands in prayer circle at Arbor Hill community meeting July 15, 2018.
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After the latest violent death, there are increasing calls for action as the city of Albany grapples with one of its bloodiest summers in recent history.

The Albany Police Department is investigating another shooting death as a rash in violent crime continues.

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Activists and community leaders are mobilizing in hopes of halting a recent spike in violence in Albany.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears and Mayor Kathy Sheehan led a press briefing about the city plan to counter violence in the city.
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The city of Albany is grappling with a spike in violent crime, leading to an emotional response from the mayor, who is coming in for criticism from the police union. 

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An off-duty Albany Police officer was killed Wednesday in a motorcycle crash in the Albany County town of Knox.

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The Albany Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred late Friday night.

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Several streets and buildings in downtown Albany will be closed Sunday in the area near the Corning Tower.

The Albany Police Department says a helicopter will be lifting materials from the Grand Street parking lot to the roof of the tower on the Empire State Plaza.

It’s the first of three planned lifts as crews perform roofing work and replace the building’s maintenance rigs.

Road closures from 7 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m.:

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A search for a new chief to lead the city of Albany's police force is underway following three community meetings seeking citizen input.

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The city of Albany will be taking community input as it looks to hire a new police chief.

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With many holiday gift packages still in transit, Albany police are warning citizens about "porch pirates."

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If you're doing holiday shopping online, there are steps you can take to ensure you receive your merchandise.

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The Albany Police Department has been working to improve community relations with several initiatives in recent years. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas attended "Coffee With A Cop," held this morning outside police headquarters in Arbor Hill.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan addressed those gathered prior to the actual forum.
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The Center For Law and Justice recently issued a letter of support for community policing on the University at Albany campus, whose police chief J. Frank Wiley has come under fire for adhering to the policy. The city of Albany has gained national recognition for its community policing philosophy. As Albany police begin outfitting officers with body cameras, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with the Center's executive director Alice Green about how the devices might alter the police-community dynamic.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears
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The Albany Police body camera program is almost ready for prime time.  Tuesday night officials updated citizens during a community forum at the main branch of the Albany Public Library.

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In the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester, New York City Police have stepped up counter-terrorism efforts around Madison Square Garden and other high-profile locations. Authorities closer to home are also on heightened alert.

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The Albany Police Department has shared a full list of traffic restrictions for Saturday, March 11th.

North Albany Limerick Parade – March 11, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Parade route:
Kick Off – North First Street west of North Pearl Street at the North Albany American Legion Post; parade will proceed east to North Pearl Street, then south of North Pearl Street to Emmett Street; east on Emmett St to Broadway; North on Broadway to Wolfert Avenue in the Village of Menands; back south on North Pearl Street to North First Street.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears addresses the forum at the Whitehall Rd. JCC
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The Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee and the Albany Police Department hosted a forum on community policing Tuesday night at the Jewish Community Center.

Brendan Cox and his family walk away from Albany Police HQ to a waiting car on Henry Johnson Boulevard.
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The Albany Police Department held a “piping out” ceremony today outside headquarters to mark the end of Chief Brendan Cox’s service. 

Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox
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A nationwide search is being conducted for a new chief to lead the Albany Police department. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas takes a look back at the short tenure of Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox, who is being honored this hour as he leaves the job.

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In mid-December, Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox announced he was stepping down to take a job with the National Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. Cox was instrumental in rolling out LEAD in Albany. Cox recently sat down with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas to talk about his time as chief.

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