The duties of the Detectives/Family Services Division includes the investigation of all major offenses and unattended deaths. They conduct extensive background investigations of applicants for employment and are responsible for the security, storage, accountability and disposition of all evidence and property coming in to the possession of the police department. They work cases with investigators from other law enforcement agencies including local police, state and federal authorities. They assist patrol officers in investigations and arrests and ensure continuity in the chain of evidence necessary for the successful prosecution of a criminal case.
The Detectives Office also works closely with the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, as well as with the victims of crime.
Family Services is responsible for all investigations where the suspect is less than sixteen years of age, but is also directly involved in other family matters, such as:
Juvenile detectives are specially trained and state certified experts in dealing with adolescent behaviors and problems. All officers assigned to Family Services are state certified juvenile officers and members of the New York State Police Juvenile Officers Association. They work closely with Albany County Family Court, the Albany County Attorney, the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, state and local child and adult protective agencies and a variety of other social agencies. They visit all elementary, middle and high schools in the Bethlehem School District and A.W. Becker Elementary School in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District as well as St. Thomas the Apostle Parochial School. They are sensitive to family dynamics and attempt to bring together all of the resources necessary to help a child or family in crisis.