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Nineteen new Albany police recruits received their badges during a swearing-in ceremony Thursday at City Hall.

District Attorney P. David Soares today announced that an Albany County Grand Jury cleared Albany Police Officer Elston Mackey of any criminal wrongdoing in relation to the death of 20-year-old Schuyler Lake.
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An Albany County Grand Jury has cleared a city policeman for his part in a June fatal shooting by a police officer in Albany. A warning that audio contained in this report could be disturbing to some.

Albany police are investigating after a shooting at Club Pheonix on Central Avenue
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UPDATE 9/29/19 12:27 p.m.:

An arrest has been made related to the early morning shooting at an Albany nightclub that injured three people.

The Albany Police Department says 25-year-old Shaquille Owens was arrested following an investigation.

Owens faces charges of Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree.

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The Albany Police Department is investigating an early morning shooting that occurred at a Central Avenue nightclub.

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An Albany activist group has launched a probe of its own into the August shooting of a city man by a police officer.

" Williams allegedly ran toward a detective while holding that knife and refused to drop it before he was shot. "
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The Acting Albany Police Chief has met with eight community residents and Center for Law and Justice staff members in the wake of an officer-involved shooting that left a young man paralyzed. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update to a story we first brought you last week.

Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Dr. Alice Green
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As the next Albany city police chief prepares to begin on September 5th, there is apparently a breakdown in the relationship between the police department and one of the city's most respected community resources.

Eric Hawkins chats with Councilwoman Ginnie Farrell prior to Tuesday night's meeting in City Hall.
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It's official: Albany's new police chief is Eric Hawkins, who was confirmed Tuesday night by the Common Council.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduces Chief Eric Hawkins, her choice to lead the police department.
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Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s appointee to head the Albany Police Department meets Common Council members and the public tonight at City Hall before lawmakers vote on his nomination.

More than 9,000 people have watched Patrick Robinson's video.  "To add more insult to injury, they took the rims down. On both courts. Took the rims down."
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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.

Pastor Charlie Muller and Guardian Angels Leader Curtis Sliwa
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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.

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