Partnership with Pyramid will station officers at Mall
Police Presence Enhanced at Crossgates
The Guilderland Police Department, in partnership with Crossgates Mall and Pyramid Management Group, began a community enhancement pilot program on February 1, 2020, which will station Guilderland Police Officers onsite at Crossgates. The program was created, refined and formalized with close input from the Guilderland Police Department, Crossgates and Pyramid, and had been under development for several months. The officers stationed at Crossgates, known as community officers whose patrol area will be the Crossgates shopping, dining and entertainment complex. The officers will work in close collaboration with Crossgates security and management staff to promote a continued safe, family-friendly environment for employees, tenants and guests year round.
In exchange for the services provided by the Guilderland Police Department, Crossgates has agreed to monetary compensation. This compensation will allow for the Town of Guilderland to hire two additional police officers to benefit the Guilderland community, without expense to taxpayers.
In addition to helping ensure a positive shopping, dining, entertainment and hospitality experience, the community officers will provide normal police services and participate in community events held at Crossgates. The community officers will be familiar faces to the tenants, guests and mall walkers and will be an integral part of the fabric of the Crossgates community.
The agreement will further enhance the departments already successful Retail Interdiction Program (RID) in the mall which has been active in the mall since 2018. The RID officers work closely with stores and their security in the prevention and apprehension of shoplifters.
Guilderland Town Supervisor Peter Barber swore in Dan McNally as Guilderland Police Department's fourth Chief of Police on January 17, 2020 at a ceremony held at the town hall.
Chief McNally joined the department in 1987 as a paramedic with the newly established Guilderland Emergency Medical Services department. He was appointed to police officer / paramedic in 1988 and rose through the ranks to Investigator in 2007, Sergeant in 2000, Lieutenant in 2007 and to Captain in 2015.
During his 32 year career McNally has headed the patrol division, K-9 unit, Field Training Program and Emergency Response Team. He has been in charge of training for the department and brought the CRASE (Civilian Response To Active Shooters) program to the town teaching the course to over 1700 town employees, local business employees and area residents. McNally has headed the town Fire Investigation Unit and is also Director of Emergency Medical Services which recently saw the remodeling of the towns EMS system from an Advanced Life Support First Response agency, to a fully developed town Ambulance Service in 2018.
Served 41 Years
Chief Lawlor Retires
Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor concluded her long career with the town of Guilderland on January 15, 2020 retiring after 41 years of service with the police department.
Chief Lawlor began her career with the town in 1974 working for the parks department and in 1977 became a dispatcher for the police department. The following year she was hired as a police officer. Through the years she rose through the ranks first to Sergeant and then Lieutenant to Chief of Police in 2008. At the time of her retirement she was Guilderland's longest current employee.