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Alice Green and Corey Ellis on the steps of Albany City Hall, May 19, 2021
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

On the heels of a state-mandated police reform plan, elected officials and local activists introduced a new police oversight effort on the steps of Albany City Hall Wednesday.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Concerns over "racist myths" being perpetuated by an Albany Police detective have prompted the Chair of the Community Police Review Board to ask the Common Council to intervene.

The entrance to South Station, Monday April 19, 2021.
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Black Lives Matter demonstrators have settled in outside the Albany Police Department’s South Station, where last Wednesday officers and protesters clashed.

Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched through Albany Saturday evening, returning to the city police department’s South Station, where on Wednesday officers clashed with protesters.
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The Albany Common Council is expected to vote tonight on the use of tear gas by city police. It comes amid days of protest in the city.

January 19 City of Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Meeting

The Albany Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative has presented its draft final report.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (Jackie Orchard /

New polls are shining a light on two of the most pressing social issues of our time: COVID and race relations.

Albany NY saw protests and civil unrest in the wake of the George Floyd killing.
WAMC photos by Jackie Orchard

A month after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, a Siena College poll finds New Yorkers are troubled by systemic racism and police behavior. But  they don’t support calls to defund the police.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins and  Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Alice Green discussed issues dividing police and community.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This week, the Albany police chief and the Center for Law and Justice held a forum to discuss community-police relations and trust.

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

Despite years of effort to improve the relationship between law enforcement and residents of Albany, mistrust remains. That’s according to a new survey from the Center for Law and Justice.

The Albany Police Department uses the Axon Body Camera System.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The day after an Albany Police officer was arrested and two others were suspended, body cam video of the police encounter with First Street residents on March 16th was released. It’s the latest problematic headline for the city’s new police chief.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County District Attorney David Soares says his office will not prosecute a city man who was partially paralyzed when he was shot by an Albany police detective in August. But city activists aren’t celebrating.

Albany Police Department

In the Capital Region, 2018 began with a prominent area police shooting case making headlines.  It’s ending in similar fashion.

Albany County DA David Soares
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A change is coming to the way marijuana possession cases are handled in Albany County.

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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.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.”

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

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

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

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.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

From left: Cherrie Burgess (widow of Brother Yusuf), Danny Glover and Alice Green
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Danny Glover, Alice Green and Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi Burgess received the inaugural Spirit of John Brown Freedom Award at the John Brown Farm on Saturday.