Albany Police Department

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears
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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.

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In the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester, New York City Police have stepped up counter-terrorism efforts around Madison Square Garden and other high-profile locations. Authorities closer to home are also on heightened alert.

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The Albany Police Department has shared a full list of traffic restrictions for Saturday, March 11th.

North Albany Limerick Parade – March 11, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Parade route:
Kick Off – North First Street west of North Pearl Street at the North Albany American Legion Post; parade will proceed east to North Pearl Street, then south of North Pearl Street to Emmett Street; east on Emmett St to Broadway; North on Broadway to Wolfert Avenue in the Village of Menands; back south on North Pearl Street to North First Street.

Acting Police Chief Robert Sears addresses the forum at the Whitehall Rd. JCC
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The Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee and the Albany Police Department hosted a forum on community policing Tuesday night at the Jewish Community Center.

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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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 agencies across New York are increasingly turning to social media to assist in law enforcement and to kick public outreach up a notch.

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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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Four people were shot in the wee hours of Thursday at a Central Avenue nightclub in Albany.

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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.

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

Brendan Cox
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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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A national debate about the relationship between police and citizens has been raging in recent days. Now, an event featuring Albany police advising young people about interactions with the cops has gotten mixed response on social media. 

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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.

David Traynham, pastor of New Horizons Christian Church, at the lecturn, praising changes the city police department has made since Dontay Ivy died.
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Local African American clergy, the NAACP, and some Albany city officials celebrated what they call an improving relationship with the police today on the steps of Albany City Hall. But  all was not harmonious.

 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.

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.

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The Albany Police Department has received a grant to implement a key program to reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

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After meeting with Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Dontay Ivy’s family is dissatisfied with her initial response to their list of demands.

Activists gather in City Hall to deliver a list of demands.
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Family members of the Albany man who died after being tased by police earlier this year joined with community activists at city hall today, delivering a list of demands to the mayor’s office.

 Dontay Ivy's death by police tasing helped prompt establishment of BLMUpstateNY
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Citizens protesting the death of Donald Ivy Friday evening in Albany called for the firing of police officers involved.

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Five months have passed since the taser-related death of Donald "Dontay" Ivy at the hands of Albany Police. Slow-paced investigations by the department and the Albany County District Attorney's office have upset citizens and alarmed activists.

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The trucking company involved in the death of a 4-year old at a busy Central Avenue intersection in February is seeking to add the city of Albany and a crossing guard to a wrongful-death lawsuit. 

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The police-community dynamic is poised to make a dramatic shift in Albany. The city and Albany county announced a plan today to reduce low-level arrests, recidivism, and racial disparities.

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This week, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan appointed 21-year veteran Brendan Cox the new Chief of Police. Cox, who is awaiting confirmation from the Common Council, takes over from the retired Steven Krokoff. Cox had been a close ally of Krokoff’s and worked as the acting chief for the past several months. He spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

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There’s been another fatal shooting in Albany. In the meantime, police have announced a change in taser policy.

The city stun-gun policy change comes in the aftermath of a pair of tasing incidents in Arbor Hill. April 2nd, 39-year old Dontay Ivy, a paranoid schizophrenic with heart problems, died at Albany Medical Center shortly after police tased him. The Albany County D.A. is investigating.

Funeral services are scheduled for this morning for an Albany man who died in police custody.

39-year old Donald “Dontay” Ivy died April 2nd after being tased during a confrontation with Albany Police. The incident is being investigated by police internal affairs. A separate probe has been launched by Albany County D.A. David Soares.

Calling hours are at 11 this morning followed by a noon funeral at Greater Saint John’s Church of God in Christ in Albany.

Ivy will be buried beside his mother in Graceland Cemetery in Albany.

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