Colonie Police Department Civilian Police Academy
The Town of Colonie Police Department will be once again holding its Civilian Police Academy. This annual program, which is in its 17th year, has been well received by past participants. The purpose of the academy is to educate the students as to what the police department does and expose them to the officers that actually perform the various tasks.
This is a nine-week program that is held every Tuesday starting on March 24th and concluding on May 19th. In addition to the nine classroom sessions, there will be other opportunities to ride with Patrol Officers, observe the criminal court and be exposed to many aspects of the police department and its activities.
The class is open to residents of the Town of Colonie or people that work within the Town. Class size is limited to 20 people and runs from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
For more information please contact Lieutenant Michael Woods or Melissa Shaw at 782-2619.
Colonie Police Department Announces Its Use Of NIXLE
The Colonie Police Department is now using a new communications service (NIXLE) that allows the Department to send important, valuable community information directly to residents or anyone who works or frequents the town after subscribing to the FREE service.
Using NIXLE, the Department can create and publish messages which can be delivered to registered residents or interested parties instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com. Messages may include important advisories, missing person alerts, real time emergency information, suspect descriptions, as well as other relevant safety and community event information.
Subscribers decide from which local agencies they want to receive information and can also select the method in which alerts are received; email, text message, or web based. Depending on the alert, they can be sent to all registered users or they may be limited to specific geographic areas where the incident is occurring.
Residents of Colonie or anyone else with an interest in alerts pertaining to Colonie are encouraged to register now at the company’s main web site: www.nixle.com, where you can also access their Frequently Asked Questions.
New and innovative ways to better communicate with the public continue to evolve and the Colonie Police Department believes this service will allow our community members to stay informed in the most convenient, reliable way possible. An aware and well informed citizen base can greatly assist in crime prevention efforts. Please join us in this information sharing process and assist us by getting the word out to fellow residents, neighbors, and friends.
If you would like more information, please contact Lieutenant Michael Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sergeant Michael Franze (email@example.com) at the Colonie Police Department by emailing them or by telephone 518-783-2744.
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About the Colonie Police Department
The Colonie Police Department is a New York State accredited, full-service police agency serving the Town of Colonie, New York.
The Colonie Police Department was formed by a Town Board resolution on January 2, 1934. This resolution authorized the Police Department to hire a Chief and two Patrolmen - total budget $2500.00.
The first official police vehicle was purchased in 1939 for $702.00. Since there were no radios, officers had to drive by Town Hall to check for calls. A light on the outside of the building would indicate that officers should come in to receive the call information.
Part-time officers began to cover the night shift in 1947. In 1955 Colonie officers gave up britches, leather boots and jackets for a police uniform more like we see today.
Today there are 109 sworn officers and approximately 55 support personnel and over 60 vehicles in the police fleet. The Police Department's annual budget is approximately 9 million dollars per year compared to the original budget of $2500. A state of the art E-911 communication center with computer-aided dispatch has replaced the light outside of the old Town Hall. Officers no longer work out of Town Hall. They have a modern Public Safety Center located at 312 Wolf Rd. which houses Police, EMS and Justice Court.
The mission of the Colonie Police Department is to interact with all citizens with dignity, honor and respect; to preserve life; to protect and maintain human and constitutional rights; to protect property; and to promote individual responsibility and community commitment to high quality standards of living.
The Colonie Police Department will perform this mission in partnership with the community it serves. The Police Department will foster and promote mutual education, respect, and problem solving with the community. All members of the Police Department have been empowered to be an agent for this partnership and the positive interaction it will bring.