Acting Albany Police Chief Robert Sears

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.

Axon body camera system.
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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has announced the creation of a new program that will provide funding to for law enforcement agencies to outfit officers with body cameras.

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.”

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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A new police chief has been hired as concerns mount over a summer spike in violent crime in Albany.

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It's been a busy month so far for Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with the mayor at city hall.

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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Albany’s acting police chief will retire as the city moves ahead with its nationwide search for a new chief.

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

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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Leaders in the city of Albany are addressing a spike in crime.

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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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An Albany police officer has been arrested and suspended following an early morning crash in Lincoln Park.

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The Albany Police Department, Capital Region Crime Stoppers and SEFCU have teamed up to launch a program enabling people with tips about crimes to share information with authorities anonymously — with the possibility of a cash reward.

The city of Schenectady is beginning the process of outfitting police officers with body cameras.

Frustrated about  an incident involving Burmese immigrants and an Albany Police officer, members of the South Asian community in the Capital Region gathered Monday.

Axon body camera system.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

After two years of preparation, the Albany Police Department body camera program goes live next week.

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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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The Center for Law and Justice says some Albany residents are angry about a recent announcement that state troopers will help patrol neighborhoods in the city.

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.

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After a noisy Fourth of July in upstate New York,  officials are rethinking their approach to legal and illegal fireworks.

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The day after a shooting and two stabbings in the city of Albany, the mayor and police chief held a news conference to discuss a "crime surge."

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It seemed like the Fourth of July was noisier than usual for residents of New York's capital city.

Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan with City of Albany officials held a press conference reminding residents about the legality of fireworks in Albany.
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Heading toward Independence day, officials in the city of Albany are promoting fireworks safety.

Operation Wrecking Ball Marks The Sixth Bust Since AG Announced Crackdown On Violent Drug Traffickers In Suburban And Upstate NY – Taking A Total Of 265 Dealers Off The Streets
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced the indictment of 19 people charged with conspiring to transport large amounts of narcotics from New York City to the Capital Region, for distribution purposes.

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.

Albany Mayor Sheehan
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Ten Albany police officer-trainees graduated in a late-morning ceremony today at the new Capital Center downtown.

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