Inside the Albany Police Department

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  Police Car

The Albany Police Department is divided into four bureaus which are accountable to the Office of the Chief of Police: 

  • Administration Bureau
  • Uniform Bureau
  • Criminal Investigations Bureau
  • Support Services Bureau

ADMINISTRATIVE BUREAU

Under the direction of the Chief of Police and the Assistant Chief of Police, the Administrative Bureau is comprised of seven sections: The Office of the Chief, the Office of Professional Standards, Planning and Research, Crime Analysis, Public Information Office, Community Relations and the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit.

  • OFFICE OF THE CHIEF 

The Office of the Chief includes staff and supervisors necessary for effective command, control, accountability, management, and administration of the department. Included in the Office of the Chief are the Chief of Police, the Assistant Chief of Police, an Administrative Assistant, Fiscal Management, Human Resources, and Recruitment.

 UNIFORM BUREAU 

The Uniform Bureau is the largest of the four bureaus of the Albany Police Department. The men and women assigned to this bureau are the front line in the department’s efforts to detect and deter crime. The Bureaus is subdivided into the following sections:

  • Patrol
  • Special Operations
  • The Traffic Unit
  • Gang Unit
  • Special Detail
  • Animal Control

 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS BUREAU 

 The primary purpose of the Criminal Investigations Bureau is to investigate those crimes which require detailed attention or further investigation. The Criminal Investigations Bureau is organized into two shifts including on call detectives. The Bureau is comprised of personnel from the following specialty areas:

  • Investigations
  • Family Protection
  • Crime Scene Unit
  • Property Management  

SUPPORT SERVICE BUREAU 

The function of the Support Service Bureau includes the processing, the maintaining, and the retrieval of reports and criminal records in accordance with the laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. Support Services is responsible for the department’s records section, Information Desk/Telephone Incident Reporting System (TIRS), Fleet management, Quartermasters, Building Maintenance. 

  • Each bureaus is managed by a Major and Captains oversee the day to day operations
  • 12-hour shifts are supervised by Lieutenants and Sergeants
  • 15-beats  that are divided into three sections, east, central and west, are patrolled by corporals and patrol officers.