Sheriff Zurlo, Undersheriff Castle and members of the Sheriff’s Office paid a surprise visit to Mrs. Mascolo’s 7th grade class at Maple Ave Middle School today.
The students in the class had an assignment to prepare a letter to someone they were thankful for and to read the letter to that person. Student Andrew Walsh chose to thank the Sheriff’s Office for protecting their school and making the students feel safe during a recent incident when the school was placed in a lockout due to a possible person with a gun near the school.
Mrs. Mascolo asked if we could possibly have some deputies on a conference call so Andrew could read his letter. We were so touched by this offer that we decided to drop in so he could complete his assignment in person. We also wanted Andrew and his class to see how much this meant to us. Andrew did a great job and we were all truly touched by his letter.
Hanging from the ceiling is a chain made by the students. Written on each link are things they are thankful for. Before leaving, each member of the Sheriff’s Office present made a link to add to their chain.
On behalf of the entire Sheriff’s Office, we are thankful for teachers like Mrs. Mascolo for reminding our children about the value of being thankful for what we have. We are also thankful for children like Andrew and his classmates who are doing their part to bring happiness to others through a simple “thank you”. We can all learn from their example. ... See MoreSee Less
Sheriff Zurlo is happy to announce that we will be partnering with Capital Region Crime Stoppers. ... See MoreSee Less
SEFCU HELPS FUND NON-PROFIT PROGRAM THAT WORKS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HELP
KEEP COMMUNITIES SAFE
NEW PROGRAM PROVIDES MEANS FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO PROVIDE TIPS TO POLICE WITH 100% ANONYMITY
The Albany Police Department, SEFCU and the Capital Region Crime Stoppers Board of Directors today announced the launch of Capital Region Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit program that will allow residents of the Capital Region to submit anonoymous tips and information to local law enforcement, and in some cases, receive a cash reward of up to $1,500 if the tip leads to an arrest.
Capital Region Crime Stoppers operates as an independent organization. It is run by a board of directors that works in partnership with local law enforcement at the Albany Police Department's Information Coordination Unit to ensure that the tips provided remain 100% anonymous. The concept has developed into a working relationship in which the local media, businesses, civic and social clubs, Capital Region law enforcement agencies, and the public work together to solve crimes.
Capital Region Crime Stoppers relies on private donations and SEFCU, a credit union that prides itself in “Changing Lives Every Day,” has generously donated $10,000 to the Capital Region Crime Stoppers program. The funds donated by SEFCU have already been put to good use in allowing Capital Region Crime Stoppers to purchase P3 Tips Software, a tips managing software that allows tipsters to send information to law enforcement through the web or their cell phone. The software also allows recipients of the tips to review, manage, and share the information with the appropriate law enforcement authorities. The donated funds will also help pay rewards to individuals who provide the valuable tips that lead to an arrest.
“Crime Stoppers will provide the public with a safe, anonymous method to share vital information with law enforcement,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “This new tool will further our efforts toward building a safer community.”
“I strongly believe that individuals and businesses play an important part in making our communities safer,” said Michael J. Castellana, president and CEO of SEFCU. “This program gives all of us another way to step up and be good citizens, protecting those we love and the community we all hold dear.”
“Obtaining information during a criminal investigation is vital to ensuring our law enforcement professionals can understand what occurred, make an arrest and bring a sense of closure to those who have been victimized,” said Acting Albany Police Chief Robert Sears. “Over the past few years, we have built strong relationships with residents and know that following an incident, many who wish to come forward for the betterment of their neighborhoods are often reluctant. By providing a means for members of the community to come forward with information in a way that provides them with 100% anonymity, Capital Region Crime Stoppers is sure to aid law enforcement with the successful resolution to many investigations.”
“After losing my fiancé to a violent crime in 2015, the months following her death were just as painful as we awaited justice,” said Capital Region Crime Stoppers Board President Mickey Myers.” “While no family should have to deal with the loss of a loved one in this manner, it is our hope that this program will help provide some closure during an extremely difficult time. I’m proud to be serving on this program’s board and look forward to its success.”
Capital Region Crime Stoppers provides several ways for the public to submit the 100% anonymous tips and information to law enforcement:
• You may call the Capital Region Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-(833)-ALB-TIPS
• Submit a tip via www.capitalregioncrimestoppers.com and click "Submit a Tip"
• Download the FREE P3 Tips application to your smart device or cell phone
The concept of Crime Stoppers began in 1976 when an Albuquerque, New Mexico, detective was investigating the homicide of a young college student in which he and his colleges had no information about who may have committed the crime. The detective guaranteed anonymity and a cash reward to anyone leading to the arrest of the persons involved in the crime and within 72 hours, detectives received the information necessary to arrest two men responsible for the crime.
Since then, Crime Stoppers programs have been created all across the world and Capital Region Crime Stoppers is excited to bring this concept and service to our communities.
Other sponsors of the program include Destination Kia, Rifenburg Contracting Corporation, New Castle Asphalt and Paving, CDTA, Bimbo Bakeries, Alexis Diner, Mark J. McCarthy Law and Levine Memorial Chapel.
The Albany Police Department, Albany County Probation Department, Albany County Sheriff's Office, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, Bethlehem Police Department, Colonie Police Department, East Greenbush Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fulton County Drug Task Force, Guilderland Police Department, Menands Police Department, North Greenbush Police Department, Rensselaer Police Department, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Saratoga Springs Police Department, Schenectady Police Department and the Watervliet Police Department are currently participating in the program.
Toys for Tots Train arrives in Saratoga Springs carrying toys for needy families this holiday season. The train will continue on to Rouses Point stopping along the way to distribute toys, coats and blankets. ... See MoreSee Less
Deputy John Carey and Deputy Nikki Voegler spoke with the Criminal Justice Studies class at BOCES in Saratoga Springs today. Both deputies were part of this program while in high school and returned to speak with the current students about their education and how choices they make now and in the coming years WILL effect their their career options in the future. ... See MoreSee Less
Deputies Brooks, Mahan and Cooper conducted active shooter training for YMCA staff from across the Capital District this evening at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Thank you for allowing us to help train your staff. ... See MoreSee Less
An incredible day in Saratoga County this past weekend. The Capital Region Toys For Tots received 22,196 donated toys this year. This shattered last years record. Hats off to the Sheriff and all that participated in bringing a smile to more children’s faces this holiday season. We are proud and humbled to have been a small part of it!
Shocked, overwhelmed, and honored best describe the news I received today. Our partners at Capital Region Toys for Tots report Convoy for Tots generated 22,196 toys! THANK YOU for your support and generosity.
Plan on viewing Convoy for Tots 2017 tomorrow? To ensure your safety please stay out of the roadway. The best viewing locations are within the Village of Ballston Spa, and along Route 50 north of the village. This is not parade vehicles are traveling at normal speeds. ... See MoreSee Less
On Wednesday November 17th we held a graduation ceremony for the Saratoga County Corrections Academy Session 17-B at Ballston Spa High School. Congratulations to the graduates from Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery and Washington Counties. ... See MoreSee Less
The Sheriff's Office will continue to support Capital Region Toys for Tots, to ensure they continue their mission. Please take a moment to watch the video below to learn about the great work they do. ... See MoreSee Less
A little background about our train.
Please watch and support the Capital Region Toys for Tots, we have seen many other organizations this year conducting individual toy collections in and around our communities, they often imitate, copy and confuse, but they will never be the US Marines Toys for Tots.
We are not politically affiliated, religious or ethnically based and we believe in only one mission, and that is to bring hope and joy to any child who needs it, through a new unwrapped toy.
Many of these copycats due not disclose where your donations go, and many are not even US Based. So please before you drop a toy into an unknown white box, make sure it has the US Marines Toys for Tots logo, then you’ll know it goes to a child right here at home.