Watervliet police

Watervliet Police Chief Mark Spain at his swearing-in ceremony in 2016.
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After three years leading the Watervliet, New York Police Department, Chief Mark Spain is stepping down to become a public safety sergeant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in neighboring Troy, his hometown. The 50-year-old joined the now 26-officer Watervliet department in 1998. 

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Story updated 9/30/16:

Mark Spain was sworn in as Watervliet police chief eight months after stepping in as acting chief.