In the fall of 2009 the Albany Police Department administrative staff recognized the need for a philosophical change in the department fulfilling its mission to serve the citizens of Albany. With the combined perceptions of an unsafe city, and disconnect between citizens and the police, it was determined that the APD and City alike would be better served by instituting a community based policing philosophy. 

The APD sought assistance from the Common Council in appointing members to a Community Policing Advisory Committee (Committee) to ensure that all 15 wards of the City were equally represented. Each Common Council Member supplied names of appointees to sit on this Committee. The Committee was charged with reviewing and addressing items that would potentially reinvigorate the relationship between the residents of our community and the APD. 

The APD recognizes the importance of individual dignity, mutual respect, trust, community safety, and quality of life as components of positive citizenry and police interactions. Encouraging citizen and APD participation in committee activities, provides a forum for discussion of community healing and community building. The committee also strives to promote partnerships between community organizations, businesses, and the APD. These partnerships serve as a catalyst for organizational changes within the APD and supporting the community policing model of law enforcement in the City of Albany. 

The Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee can be emailed at