Community Resource Unit
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- Last Updated: December 20, 2016 December 20, 2016
Community Service Officers
Community Service Officers play an integral part of Albany Police Department’s ability to meet our community’s needs. Community Service Officers are uniformed, civilian professionals dedicated to responding to specific non-emergent calls for service for patrol.
Duties Community Service Officers routinely perform include:
- Abandoned automobiles
- Albany Municipal Code enforcement specific to junk and trash violations
- Animal Control
- Assist Police Officers with large scale evidence collection
- Community events such as parades
- Found Property Collection (property abandoned by the owner)
- IAP – Major Incident After-Care (After a major incident we send a team into the “line of sight” neighborhood and inform neighbors of the incident and answer questions concerning quality of life issues impacting their neighborhoods)
- Investigate crimes such as theft from a motor vehicle, graffiti, and vandalism
- Parking complaints (except downtown)
- Sex offender registrations
- Subpoena service for Albany Municipal Court
- Traffic control around crash sites and during events held in the city
- Radar trailer deployments
AMC 13.70.020 defines an “Abandoned Vehicle” as a vehicle left unoccupied and unclaimed; or in such a damaged or disabled or dismantled condition that the vehicle is inoperable; or not currently licensed through DMV. And parked or left standing on the right-of-way of a City street, alley, or City property for a period in excess of 24 hours.
What kind of animal complaints do Community Service Officers respond to?
- Barking dog
- Dog at large
- Abuse/Neglect (animal left in hot enclosed vehicle, being physically abused, etc.)
- Immediate threat against a human or animal by an animal (occurring now).
- Injured animals
- Animal in harm’s way (in the roadway)
- Dog bite
- Cougar sightings near a human population
- Livestock (horses, chickens, sheep, etc)
Do Community Service Officers investigate cat complaints?
There is no State or municipal code governing the licensing of cats or the need to maintain immediate control of a cat like there are dogs. Although, Community Service Officers do respond to pick up a cat that is sick or injured when the owner can’t be found and they do investigate reports of abuse or neglect.
What do I do about Feral Cats and other non-domesticated animals in my neighborhood?
Feral cats, raccoons, opossums, nutria, ducks, and mink are often found inside of the city; however, these animals are not DOMESTIC animals, therefore, generally do not get a response from a Community Service Officer. The exception would be if there is a need to dispatch a wounded animal found on public property.
- Chintimini Wildlife Center
Injured wild animals
- Safehaven Humane Society
- Linn County Dog Control
Animal enforcement in Linn County
- Benton County Dog Control
Animal Enforcement in Benton County
- Albany Public Works Department
Large (e.g. deer) dead animal removal
Junk & Trash Complaints
Living or working next to a property in the city that collects junk vehicles, parts, tires and other accumulated trash is both a hazard and a blight on our community. We take pride in our city and encourage good neighbor relationships. Investigating reports of debris, garbage and junk deemed a nuisance by the Municipal Code is just one of the many duties a Community Service Officer investigates.
AMC 7.84.040 states that it is unlawful for any person, or any agent or employees of any person to keep any debris, garbage or junk out of doors on any street, public sidewalk, lot, or premises within the City.
If a Community Service Officer determines during their investigation that a property is in violation of this city ordinance, a citation may be issued. If this is the first citation the person has ever received for this violation, the person in charge of the property may be able to have the citation dismissed, if the property is cleaned up within 30 days, and prior to the court date on the citation. Additional citations for the same violation are not allowed to be dismissed.
I received a citation for Junk & Trash, how do I have my property re-evaluated before my court date?
At the time a person is issued a citation for violating the Junk and Trash ordinance, the Community Service Officer informs the person receiving the citation if they’re eligible to have the citation dismissed, and provides a form outlining the procedure. Follow the instructions on that form. If the form has been lost, or there are additional questions, call the Community Service Officer that issued the citation for more information.
I was issued a citation for Junk & Trash, why is the bail amount so high?
The bail amount identified on the citation is not necessarily the amount of the fine associated with the violation. The bail amount is identified on the citation to inform the person receiving the citation what the bail amount could be if the person fails to appear for their court appearance and a warrant for their arrest is issued.
Crime Prevention Specialist
The Albany Police Department currently has one Crime Prevention Specialist (CPS) committed to educating community members on how to keep from becoming crime victims as well as identifying trends and problem areas to determine long term solutions. Crime Prevention Specialist Brad Conners has over 17 years of law enforcement experience including Community Oriented Policing, Traffic Enforcement and a variety of other policing topics.
A few programs the Crime Prevention Specialist coordinates include:
- Crime Prevention presentations
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
- Safe and Secure Seniors Independent (safety survey, installation of deadbolts, view holes, and locks)
- Neighborhood Watch
- National Night Out
- Club Program
- Citizen’s Police Academy
- Burglary Call Back Program
- Safety Camp (Check back in April/May 2017 for more information)
- Graffiti Abatement
- Community Resource Member
- Volunteer Program
- Ride-Along Program
- Manage Social Media
Drug Detection K-9
School Resource Officers
Two sworn Police Officers are assigned to the Community Resource Unit to work in the Albany schools. The primary function of the officers is to serve as a resource to the school administration and the student body, address crime in the schools, and to create a safe and secure learning environment. These officers are also trained to teach school safety classes for all ages. During the summer months, officers may be deployed using police bicycles during their normal course of duty. Specific bicycle assignments take advantage of the benefits of using a bicycle on patrol such as summer concerts or special community events.