Guardian Angels

July 2018: Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa leads new recruits on a patrol of Albany's South End.
Lainie Lucas

Thursday marks the Guardian Angels' return to the streets of Albany.

Albany Police Department

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

Eric Hawkins chats with Councilwoman Ginnie Farrell prior to Tuesday night's meeting in City Hall.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

It's official: Albany's new police chief is Eric Hawkins, who was confirmed Tuesday night by the Common Council.

Curtis Sliwa

The Guardian Angels say they'll return to Albany tonight to continue recruitment efforts.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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

As the city of Albany responds to its bloodiest summer in years, local law enforcement leaders are renewing calls for the community to cooperate in ongoing investigations. Earlier this summer, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and outgoing Police Chief Robert Sears urged residents to dial a local hotline with information as part of the CrimeStoppers program. Now, Albany County District Attorney David Soares is echoing those calls. The Democrat spoke Friday with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about one recent case, the return of the Guardian Angels, and more.

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.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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
Composite photo Dave Lucas/WAMC & Facebook

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.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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. 

(WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas)

Two New York State legislators are double-teaming "The Knockout Game" with a law designed to inflict severe penalties on those who elect to play.