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Departments of the APD

Currently the Amsterdam Police Department is broken into 4 divisions designed to help support the over-all goals and mission of the department.

  • Office of the Chief of Police
  • Amsterdam Police Detectives Bureau
  • Uniform Patrol Division
  • Amsterdam Police SWAT Team

Office of the Chief of Police

Amsterdam Police Chief

  • Ensures that the Department's Mission is executed efficiently and effectively
  • Creates a vision of the desired future state of the department as a whole
  • Empowers and leads subordinates
  • Plans, organizes, directs, staffs, coordinates and controls all departmental functions
  • Reports to the Mayor and the Common Council

Email the Chief of Police: Please note: This link will contact the Police Department in Amsterdam, NY, USA

Amsterdam Police Detective Bureau

As a primary function of this department, criminal investigation aims at prompt effective and efficient investigation of all crimes and offenses which occur within the City of Amsterdam, identification and apprehension of individuals committing those crimes, and then the proper, legal charging, presentation in court of evidence, etc., to help ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for their crimes.

The Amsterdam Police Department Detective Bureau has the responsibility of handling those criminal investigations which require special expertise or which because of their complexity or geographical considerations, do not lend themselves readily to completion by Patrol Officers.

Uniform Patrol Division

The Uniform Patrol Division consists of four separate squads that are assigned to twelve hour shifts. Each squad is supervised by a Sergeant. The City is divided up into two zones. The officers work their assigned zone for the duration of their shift. These are the officers who will take calls for service from the residents of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Police SWAT Team

Amsterdam Police SWATThe mission of the SWAT Team is to provide a well-disciplined, well-trained and efficient unit which can be utilized by the Chief of Police in situations where the public and individual officers are in extreme danger and at a distinct disadvantage.

SWAT, which stands for Special Weapons and Tactics, is comprised of officers from the Amsterdam Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Each team member must meet strict requirements and goes through a rigorous selection process to be selected. The Team trains on a monthly basis to be prepared to handle a variety of high-risk critical incidents.

When a situation dictates the need of the specialized equipment and the tactically trained officers that the SWAT Team has, the Team responds and assumes the tactical operations of the incident. The SWAT Team is utilized for incidents such as hostage situations and negotiations, barricaded suspects, service of high-risk warrants, drug raids and search warrants, searches for armed subjects, VIP protection, stakeouts and undercover surveillance, civil disorder and other special events. SWAT handles any incident, which has a propensity for armed confrontations, which through containment and specialized tactics would more likely be resolved without injury or loss of life.

Amsterdam, NY K9Patrol is the primary law enforcement function and embraces much more than the act of patrolling. It is a generalized function in which officers engage in a wide variety of activities to include, but not limited to, enforcing traffic and criminal laws, answering complaints, disturbing the peace issues, conducting follow-up investigations, community policing, transporting prisoners, community services activities and other such duties. The Amsterdam Police Department provides law enforcement to all citizens in the City of Amsterdam, twenty-four (24) hours a day, every day, call (518) 842-1100.

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