The Colonie Police Department Community Services Unit is comprised of four patrol officers. These officers work closely with citizens and businesses of the Town providing information about personal safety, security of property and methods to reduce criminal activities. In addition, three of our officers are a New York State Certified Crime Prevention Specialists.
Members of this unit assist neighborhood groups by facilitating neighborhood watch programs, conducting crime prevention security surveys, attending neighborhood gatherings or meetings and addressing any specific neighborhood crime prevention needs. These officers serve on many committees and boards of local civic and school programs such as:
One officer is assigned to work closely with the Town of Colonie Senior Resources Department and the growing senior citizen population.
The four Community Services Officers offer the citizens, schools, colleges, civic organizations and businesses of the Town of Colonie approximately sixty different programs and services.
In a proactive approach to the growing threat of violence in the schools, the Community Services Unit continued its program working with the local schools by assessing their security needs. In addition, Officer Pat Germaine serves as the School Resource Officer at Colonie Central High School providing a consistent police presence within the facility.
As part of the department’s SAFE Schools Initiative members of the Community Services Unit provide “tabletop” training for school Crisis Response Team members. This training involves the use of scenarios in which school personnel are placed under stressful conditions in an attempt to deal with a mock crisis. Members of the police department, Emergency Medical Services and fire services are also present during this training and work with the school personnel while attempting to deal with the problem. In addition to the tabletop training, members of the Community Services Unit also provide classroom instruction on School Violence / Crisis Response to teachers.
Since 1992, Communite Services Officers have worked with the Town's Schools to provide the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program to approximately 2,500 students each year.
For more information about all D.A.R.E.and Community Services programs in Colonie New York call the Colonie Police Community Services Unit at (518) 782-2662.