DEPARTMENT NEWS

New Officers Hired

On September 11, 2020, Town Supervisor Peter Barber swore in three new officers during an informal ceremony at town hall, as the department continues to fill vacancies left by recent retirements.

Officer Christopher Oades is a lateral transfer from the Albany Police Department where he has been an officer for 9 years. Officer Nicholas Marcella comes from the Albany County Sheriff’s Department where he was a deputy for 2 years. Officer Kasey Straus transfers from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department where she was a deputy for 2 years.

All three will begin field training on September 14th and then will be assigned to the patrol division. A formal ceremony for all 2020 promotions and new hires will be held later this year.

Ralston Joins GPD

Officer Sean Ralston was sworn in on September 4, 2020, at an informal ceremony held at the Guilderland Town Hall. Ralston comes to Guilderland having previously worked for the Altamont Police Department. A formal swearing in will take place at a later date.

2019 Annual Report Issued

Chief Dan McNally has issued the 2019 Guilderland Police Department Annual Report. Each year the annual report focuses on the activities of the department throughout the year highlighting training, new hires, retirements, program goals and achievements, community services activities, criminal investigations and police department statistics. Past annual reports can be downloaded in the annual report section of this website.

Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Committee Formed

The Town of Guilderland is proud to announce the formation of the Town of Guilderland Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Committee. The Committee is formed in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 203 which requires the Town to prepare a plan to address racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color. The Order requires that the Town Supervisor, Chief of Police, and appointed stakeholders shall convene to prepare the plan by considering directives in the Order and expounded upon in the Governor’s Resources & Guide for Public Officials and Citizens (August, 2020).

The committee’s work will be supported by The Government Law Center at Albany Law School. Under the direction of Professor Ava Ayers, The Government Law Center has provided invaluable legal research and analysis on pressing important topics. The committee plans to hold its inaugural meeting in the first week of September, and there will be opportunities for public comment and involvement as the committee proceeds with its important work.

The Town of Guilderland set up a Police Reform and Reinvention Committee webpage on the town website.

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Guilderland Police Now On Nextdoor

Chief Dan McNally is pleased to announce that the Guilderland Police Department will be now be utilizing Nextdoor to help make our neighborhoods stronger and safer. The Guilderland Police Department plans to share important news and emergency notifications that are relevant to local neighborhoods on the social network. The department is not be able to see any of the content on your neighborhood except for the direct replies to our posts. This ensures your Nextdoor experience remains private. The Guilderland Police look forward to communicating with you on Next-door to make Guilderland an even better place to live. Visit us over at Nextdoor.

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