Children & Family Services Unit

It is no secret to those in law enforcement that there is a strong relationship between children who become involved in the criminal justice system and children who grow up in dysfunctional families. Studies have demonstrated the correlation between domestic violence and child abuses, and these, in turn, have been linked to future acts of delinquency and violent offenses in children. To view domestic violence, child abuse, and juvenile delinquency as separate and unrelated types of crime is not consistent with either research on these topics of common sense.

It was in this mind that the Albany Police Department created the Children and Family Services Unit (CFSU) in January of 2000. The Albany Police Juvenile Unit was merged with departmental personnel who specialized in domestic violence to form this new unit.

The CFSU consists of 9 detectives, 2 Domestic Violence Advocates, 1 secretary, 2 detective sergeants, and is commanded by 1 detective lieutenant. The CFSU is responsible for investigations involving domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, missing persons, and other crimes where children are the victims and offenders. The CFSU is also responsible for maintaining a list of all registered sex offenders living in the City of Albany.

For more information on the Sex Offense Registration Act (SORA) please visit the City of Albany’s Sex Offender Watch page.

Contact Information

126 Arch Street
Albany, NY 12202
Phone: (518) 447-8780
Fax: (518) 447-7840