How do I get a copy of a report?

Accident Report: If you need a copy of an accident report you may come to the front desk of the police department to request one. It is generally advisable to wait at least 48 hours after the accident to request a copy since it must be submitted and reviewed before it can be released. Accidents where a hit and run occurred or those involving serious injuries or death may take much longer. You may check on the availability of an accident report by calling the Police Front Desk at 518-783-2744.

Incident Report: Reports of other incidents may be obtained by filing a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request form at the Police Front Desk. This form is an application for the release of information. You will be notified within 5 days in regard to the release of information. Copies of some reports may be available sooner. Contact the Records Division 518-783-2809 for further information.

How do I file a bad check complaint?

The Colonie Police only accept bad check complaints on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Before any enforcement action can commence several steps must be taken by you the complainant. To view these steps please go here. If you have any further questions contact Detective Office at 518-783-2754.

How do I obtain a pistol permit application?

For information on obtaining a pistol permit application call Ptl. David Messmer at 518-783-2754.

Civil Fingerprinting

The Colonie Police Department will no longer provide the service of Civil Fingerprinting. Civil fingerprinting is all fingerprinting other than for criminal offenses.

Civil fingerprinting are now done by L-1 Idenity Solutions. For an appointment call 877-472-6915 or on line at