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During his State of the State address last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo praised a reform by the Schenectady Police Department to establish a citizen panel to review potential hires. 

Leaders in the City of Schenectady credit community activist and Executive Director of the COCOA House William Rivas for pitching the idea. 

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford and Mayor Gary McCarthy
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Two decades after a stinging corruption scandal, the Schenectady Police Department has updated and implemented new policies and procedures. After a years-long effort, the department received statewide accreditation.

Schenectady Police headquarters
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After video of an arrest Monday led to protests outside police headquarters hours later, Schenectady officials announced changes to several police protocols Thursday. 

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Two Schenectady police officers responding to a report Tuesday of an argument at an apartment complex fatally shot a man as the man pointed what looked like a gun out of a door. 


Schenectady police are gearing up to deploy gunshot detection technology.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about regional police and fire department salaries.  The pair also discuss a new brewery and taproom coming to Schenectady, N.Y.