The Albany Police Department handles patrol operations, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, school…More crossing guard services and administrative support services. It employs 26 sworn officers, nine full-time support staff members, five part-time support staff members and six part-time crossing guards. Four unpaid volunteer officers supplement staffing.
The department has a part-time community engagement specialist who assists in neighborhood organizing and problem solving, community disaster preparedness and crime prevention education. Police grants administered by the department include drunk driving, seat belt education and underage tobacco sales enforcement programs.
All 911 dispatch calls for police, fire and medical emergencies are handled by the Police Department. The dispatch operations are part of a "Public Safety Answering Point," which also handles routine telecommunications services first responders. Dispatchers use a Computer Aided Dispatch program and Records Management System that is linked to mobile computers in each patrol vehicle. Each year, Albany's dispatcher logs more than 33,000 incidents, including more than 2,000 911 calls and 11,000 calls for service.