Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox

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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.”

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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.

Red Light cameras in the city of Albany budget.
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Albany’s red-light camera program is now a fact of life for city motorists, but it’s no longer a factor in the city budget…

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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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the completion of a $370,000 expansion of the Albany Crime Analysis Center.

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This morning at Albany City Hall, Brendan Cox confirmed he is resigning as police chief to take a position with a national law enforcement guidance organization that has worked closely with the city department. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at the rotunda for the announcement.

Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox
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The Albany Police Department will be looking for a new chief. Brendan Cox will leave the department to take another job, but so far there is no word on when Cox will leave or where he will be going. 

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Police have identified a suspect in a fatal shooting inside an Albany nightclub in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving.

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A forum slated for Tuesday night in Albany's Pine Hills area aims to discuss how community policing affects student neighbors.

Beginning today, Albany police officers will be testing body cameras while on duty.

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The first phase of Albany's Madison Avenue “road diet” is now a reality.  WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports on the latest step to make the Capital City — and one of its busiest streets — more bike-friendly.

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An Albany police officer has been arrested after he was caught on camera body-slamming a 15-year-old girl at a rehab facility.

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Revenue collected to date from Albany's 35-strong red light camera network has all gone to the vendor that rents the devices to the city. City officials are OK with that.

Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox
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Some big names in New York law enforcement have announced the takedown of multi-state drug pipelines.

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The last of a series of neighborhood meetings about implicit bias was held last night at Albany’s Jewish Community Center.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Brendan Cox speak with reporters at City Hall, June 2, 2016.
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The United States Department of Justice will be keeping an eye on the Albany Police Department.  Albany’s force is being held up as a positive example.

A new study of five and a half years of Vermont State Police traffic stops shows signs of bias especially against African Americans.

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At a time when the relationship between police and minorities is under a microscope nationwide, a new study of five and a half years of Vermont State Police traffic stops shows signs of bias especially against African Americans.

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Four community conversations on "implicit bias" are going to be held throughout Albany.

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City officials, community partners and event sponsors revealed the new location and lineup for Albany’s signature free Alive at Five concert series at a press conference this morning.

 Mayor Kathy Sheehan told the crowd "what has happened with policing is the result of this country trying to do things on the cheap."
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Police and civic leaders gathered at the Center For Law and Justice in Albany today to announce the kickoff of a new diversion program.

Albany's St. Patrick’s Day Parade is tomorrow. The city is pulling out the stops to make the 66th annual march a memorable and family-friendly event.

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New York Congressmen Sean Patrick Maloney and Richard Hanna have announced bipartisan legislation to help  fund pre-booking drug diversion programs in counties designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas.

Chief Brendan Cox led the discussion at the Albany Public Library's Main Branch.
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About 75 people attended a forum on police body cameras hosted by the Albany Police Department.

Albany Police Chief Talks Body Cameras

Feb 24, 2016
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Last night, Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox met with community members to discuss bringing police body cameras to the capital city. Cox says there is a fine line to balance when it comes to police cameras…

Albany police have faced criticism following an incident that resulted in the tasing death of Dontay Ivy last April.

Albany City Hall at twilight, January 25, 2016
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Members of Dontay Ivy’s Family, Faith Leaders and #BlackLivesMatter Community Activists rallied before and during Albany Mayor Sheehan’s State of the City Address.

ALBANY’S NEW FIREARM SAFE STORAGE LAW NOW IN EFFECT, PROMOTING GUN SAFETY FOR ALL
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The law reduces the risk of unintentional shootings by children who mistake real guns for toys, helps prevent suicides, especially by teens, and also creates a barrier to guns being brought to school. Requiring guns to be locked and safely stored also discourages gun theft, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals.

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