Programs & Services

The Colonie Police Department provides programs that are geared toward community participation and activity.


Child Car Seat Fitting Station

New York State Occupant Restraint Law

Child Passenger Restraints Are Not An Option, They Are The Law!

Every child under age 16 in the vehicle must use a safety restraint. If under age four, he or she must be properly secured in a federally-approved child safety seat that is attached to a vehicle by a safety belt or universal child restraint anchorage (LATCH) system. A child under age four who weighs more than 40 pounds may be restrained in a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt. A child of age 4, 5, 6 or 7, must use a booster seat with lap and shoulder belt or a child safety seat (the child and safety restraint system must meet the height and weight recommendations of the restraint manufacturer).

Exception: A child more than 4’9” tall or more than 100 pounds is allowed to use a seat belt that has both a lap belt and a shoulder harness. To use the seat belt, the child must be able to sit straight up against the vehicle’s seat back with his or her knees bent comfortably over the edge of the seat. The lap belt should be placed low and tight across the upper thighs; the shoulder belt should rest tightly but comfortably across the child’s chest and shoulder (collar bone) without touching the throat. If the seat belt does not fit properly, the child should use a booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt.

Recommendations
  • Check the label on your car seat to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age, weight and height. Double check the seat’s expiration date to ensure that it is still safe.
  • All children should ride in the back seat of the vehicle until they are 13 years old.
  • Children should be kept in a rear-facing car seat until at least age 2. When he or she outgrows the seat, move your child to a forward-facing car seat and make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower attachments.
  • Once your car seat is installed, give it a good shake at the base. A properly installed seat will not move more than one inch side-to-side or front-to-back.
  • Make sure the harness is tightly buckled and the chest clip is placed at armpit level. Attempt to pinch at your child’s shoulder – You should not be able to pinch any excess strap.

Car seat law & recommendations

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Civilian Police Academy

Civilian Police Academy students are exposed to all areas of police operations from patrol, investigation, traffic, hiring, constitutional law, the court system and more. The classes are held in three hour sessions for 8 weeks. Class sessions are taught by carefully selected officers who specialize in the topic being covered.

Students are also given the opportunity to attend several optional sessions including a ride-along, firearms range, and the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC). A graduation ceremony is held at the completion of the program.

The ultimate goal of a CPA is to reduce crime through a strong bond between the citizens and their police department. This is in keeping with the philosophy of community policing.

Objectives

The general objectives of the Civilian Police Academy will be to:

  • Foster cooperation between police and CPA students.
  • Showcase the education, capabilities, and talents of the members of the Colonie Police Department.
  • Dispel misconceptions of how the police department operates by explaining why police act as they do.
  • Create "neighborhood ambassadors" who will take information from the CPA and spread positive information to their neighbors.

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The graduates of the Civilian Police Academy will be familiarized with the operations of the Colonie Police Department and will have gained a deeper understanding of problems facing officers and the laws that govern their conduct. The graduates of the academy will take this new knowledge into the community and share it with their neighbors. The graduates of the academy will be able to make decisions which affect the police department and the Town with a heightened awareness and better information.

This program will ultimately assist in the reduction of crime through deeper support of the Colonie Police Department. This added support and confidence will result in a commitment by the community to report crime, report suspicious activities, comply with security measures, and maintain involvement in neighborhood groups. This is in accord with the Colonie Police Department's community oriented philosophy.

The Civilian Police Academy is held once annually and typically begins in March. Applications can be found on the Colonie Police Department website.


Project D.A.R.E.

In September of 1992 the Colonie Police Department in cooperation with the Town’s two school districts and representatives of various private and parochial schools inaugurated the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program. D.A.R.E. provides the children of our community with the skills needed to deal with the dangers of drug abuse, alcohol abuse and violence. It also provides them with the guidance they need to make the right decisions for their health and future. D.A.R.E. is targeted for school children in the fifth grade.

Annually, these officers present D.A.R.E. programs to approximately 1,500 students in the fifth grade and presentations and visitations to the kindergarten through fourth grade as well as sixth grade through eighth grade classrooms which enables the officers to interact with an additional 5,500 children. This interaction provides students with safety skills for use at both home and school. A high school program for the ninth through twelfth grades was developed to reduce the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs among our community’s high school students. Students discuss the risks and consequences of underage drinking, experience hands-on demonstrations using fatal vision goggles and the risks and consequences of drinking, driving and riding with intoxicated drivers. This program is presented to approximately 1,500 high school students in 55 classrooms.

In addition to the K-12 buildings, our officers also visit with many of our pre-kindergarten child care centers throughout the Town of Colonie talking with them about safety and letting them know that officers are their friends.

Annual D.A.R.E. Golf Tournament

The Annual D.A.R.E. Golf Tournament not only provides an enjoyable day of friendship at Schuyler Meadows Club but also serves as a great fundraiser for the D.A.R.E. Program as businesses in the community assume the role as sponsors.

For more information about the D.A.R.E. Program in Colonie, please contact the Community Services Office at 782-2662.


Explorer Post 185

Colonie Police Explorer Post 185 is a chartered organization of the Boy Scouts of America and is sponsored by the Colonie Police Department. It is comprised of young men and women who would like to learn more about a career in Law Enforcement. The Post membership includes their own command structure with ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain and fall under the command of the police department. The Post meets twice each month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday.

At these meetings, after regular business is discussed, training sessions are held, often by the same instructors used to teach law enforcement officers at the Police Academy. Topics such as Forensics, Arson Investigation, Computer Crime and Juvenile Law are common, as well as how to handle Domestic Calls, High Risk Traffic Stops and DWI checks.

The Post also performs community service on a regular basis, last year totaling more than 1,800 hours at events such as the annual Youth Service Day, concerts at the Pruyn House, the CP Telethon, Special Olympics and many more.

It's not all work. The Post competes against other Police Posts at regular events called Stations Day, and also travels to Connecticut annually for a week long Explorer Academy.

Become a member

To become a member you must:

  • Be 14 years old.
  • Have completed the 8th grade.
  • Maintain an 80 average in school.
  • Be in good standing in your community.

For more information, you may call 783-2744 or contact us via email.

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Youth Court

Youth Court is a voluntary alternative to the criminal justice system for young people who have committed a crime or an offense. The goal of Youth Court is to intervene in early anti-social, delinquent, and criminal behavior, and to reduce the incidence and prevent the escalation of such behavior. Youth Court strives to promote feelings of self esteem and a desire for self improvement, and to foster a healthy attitude towards rules and authority. Youth Court also offers a law-related education program for young people who seek to become members of the court.

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