Each member was asked to take and use the white name
plate identifying which neighborhood association they represent and to do so at
each meeting. In the future, there
will be a whiteboard for members to use to place the date, time, and location of
their next association meeting. These
are decisions that were made at the last meeting of the executive board.
of the June 2004, meeting were approved.
Breen, Assistant Chief, Albany Police Department
the past, city and town police forces were run as their governing bodies saw
fit. However, since the terrorist
between law enforcement agencies that are located within close proximity is
being emphasized, and the Capital District received a $5.4 million urban area
federal grant to fund a unified command and data and voice communication system
between agencies in
Police Department’s training programs have expanded from a focus on crime to
larger issues and appropriate training is being provided.
A stronger focus is being put on potential terrorist targets such as
bridges, highways, and the Knolls Atomic facility and increased security and
observation is being provided. The
Department cannot act alone; community engagement in observing
out-of-the-ordinary activity is strongly encouraged and the involvement of
neighborhood groups and watches is being promoted.
programs have been developed or enhanced for citizens and neighborhood groups.
Neighborhood Watch and Walk and Watch:
Citizens are encouraged to participate in their neighborhood watch and
walk and watch programs and be alert to any out-of-the-ordinary activities in
their neighborhoods. Training
similar to what police officers learn in the police academy is available.
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design:
Residents are asked to join the City in designing and maintaining
neighborhoods in a way that will deter crime such as replacing broken lights,
trimming or removing overgrown hedges, etc.
Community Emergency Response Training:
Community officers have received a week of training that was developed in
Emergency Response Partnering:
businesses have become involved in emergency management response.
Operation Safeguard: Daily
advisories are distributed to appropriate businesses.
Questionnaires: Each local
business has designated an individual as their contact person and provided APD
with their name. APD has provided
information about what kinds of activities should be reported.
Businesses of particular interest include fuel stations, auto repair
shops and driving schools.
TIPS line: All reports of
suspicious activity are logged and reviewed by the police chiefs and joint
terrorism task force.
The APD has provided training to civilian groups, ROTC, American Red
coordination of an emergency depends upon the priority and nature of the
incident. The initial command is the
responding officer. The command can
shift and/or be interdisciplinary and may shift to another agency.
The public is informed of emergency situations by the Public Information
Office, media and State EOC.
FBI and other law enforcement agencies are sharing information in a previously
uncharacteristic manner. State
police are walking the neighborhoods with the APD; however, their expertise in
not in urban policing.
Department of Public Safety does not presently have a commissioner.
Command staffs are in constant contact and meet weekly.
Community Police Council will resume meetings and be accomplishment and
project-oriented. Citizens are asked
to identify potential projects to be undertaken or forums to be presented.
The Executive Board met over the summer to discuss the issues of declining
The first or second meeting after the summer hiatus will be spent
developing an agenda for the year’s meetings.
More effort will be placed on following up issues and concerns discussed
Speakers will not appear at every meeting.
Concentration on issues that are of interest to all neighborhoods
Reinstitute the agenda item of one neighborhood presenting information at
A sign representing each neighborhood association will be available at
chairman will email members asking that issues and agenda items be submitted.
The Pine Hills Neighborhood Association shared information about CVS’s
proposal to expand its retail location at the corner of
The Albany County League of Women Voters is sponsoring a candidates’
debate for the offices of district attorney and family court judge on September
9, 2004, from 7 to 9 PM at the Albany Jewish Community Center on Whitehall Road.
The Pine Hills Library will reopen and dedicate the
The first Mansion Neighborhood House and Garden Tour raised $3,000.
University and Community Relations
meeting will be held on Wed., September 8 at the Albany Police Department,
of the Budget Committee are Pat Maxon, Craig Waltz and Harold Rubin.
Pat Maxon will call a meeting prior to the budget submission on or before
meeting adjourned at