Menands Police Department Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Menands Police Department to interact with all citizens with dignity, honor, and respect; to preserve life; to protect and maintain human and constitutional rights; to protect property; and to promote individual responsibility and community commitment to high quality standards of living.

About Menands Police Department

The Menands Police Department consists of Police Chief Michael O’Brien, Detective Sergeant Frank Lacosse, nine full-time, and five part-time patrol officers assigned to patrol the Village of Menands. The patrol officers work any one of three shifts:

  • 7am to 3pm
  • 3pm to 11pm – supervised by Sergeant Aaron St Gelais
  • 11pm to 7am – supervised by Sergeant Ryan St Gelais

Patrols’ duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Proactive police patrol and crime prevention
  • Enforcement of the New York State Penal Law
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Crash investigation
  • Reporting and preliminary investigation of criminal complaints
  • Response to non-criminal complaints (disputes, assisting motorists, etc.)
  • Response to Fire and EMS calls
  • Response to calls for service

In addition, all officers are Certified First Responders, CPR Trained, and AED Certified.

These officers also actively participate in many highway safety programs including Buckle Up New York and Stop DWI. Both programs focus on reducing injuries and eliminating fatalities on our roadways through aggressive enforcement activities.

Detective’s duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsibility for investigation of crimes against persons and property
  • Obtaining of warrants
  • Investigations of assaults, robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and other crimes

Menands School

Our patrols follow school buses going to Menands School to ensure safety of the students. The police are also involved in the greeting program at the school.


There are three full-time and five part-time Police and Fire Dispatchers:

  • 7am to 3pm – Dispatcher Tressa Young
  • 3pm to 11pm – Dispatcher Christopher Kowalski
  • 11pm to 7am – Dispatcher David Bushey

Dispatcher’s duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsibility for all public safety communications
  • Answering 911 and landline calls
  • Entry of emergency information into the computer
  • Dispatching police calls
  • Relaying information to the Officers

Statistics (year to date)

  • Calls for service – 8,671
  • Property checks – 10,666
  • Miles traveled – 140,481
  • Criminal arrests – 368
  • Traffic tickets – 1732
  • Motor vehicle accidents – 171

How do I get a copy of a report?

Accident Report: If you need a copy of an accident report you may come to the front desk of the police department to request one. It is generally advisable to wait at least 48 hours after the accident to request a copy since it must be submitted and reviewed before it can be released. Accidents where a hit and run occurred or those involving serious injuries or death may take much longer. You may check on the availability of an accident report by calling the Police at (518) 463-1681. The cost for an accident report from the front desk is $0.25 per page.

Incident Report: Reports of other incidents may be obtained by filing a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request form at the Police Department. This form is an application for the release of information. You will be notified within 5 business days in regard to the release of information. Copies of some reports may be available sooner.

How do I get a property check while away on vacation?

During our routine patrols, homes of residents who are on vacation are checked on each shift. If you are going away contact the Menands Police Dispatcher and be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What is the address and home phone number?
  • What are the dates you will be away?
  • Is the home alarmed?
  • Do you have lights on timers?
  • Are any vehicles in the driveway?
  • Are any contractors working on your property?
  • Who should the police call if there is problem?
  • What is your cell phone number?

How do I obtain a pistol permit application?

Menands Police do not handle pistol permits. To obtain a pistol permit application call Ptl. David Messmer of the Colonie Police at (518) 783-2754.

How do I get fingerprinting done?

The Menands Police Department will no longer provide the service of civil fingerprinting. Civil fingerprinting may be done by Finger Print America, who can be reached at (518) 435-1609.

Neighborhood Watch:


Village residents are reminded not only to remove the keys from their unattended vehicles, but also to lock their cars at all times.  In addition, residents should remove any valuables including items such as iPods, GPS devices, etc. from their vehicles or at least store valuables in their vehicles’ locked trunk, out of plain view.  Some of our neighboring communities have recently seen an increase in thefts from vehicles, including and damage done to vehicles.

Information placed on the Neighborhood Watch page is intended to help keep our neighborhoods safe. This will be accomplished by neighbors looking out for each other and working with the police department to deter criminal activity.

An email address book of residents is being developed by the police department to facilitate the flow of information to citizens participating in our neighborhood watch program. If you wish to be added to this list, please forward your email address information to: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Suspicious People –

Be Alert for People Who:

  • Go to a neighbors’ back door while another person waits in front
  • Go door-to-door offering home improvement
  • Hang around the area

Suspicious Vehicles –

Watch for any vehicle that:

  • Makes repeated trips through the neighborhood
  • Slowly creeps down the street
  • Is occupied and parked in front of a home at an unusual hour

Suspicious Activity –

Signs of possible criminal activity:

  • The sound of breaking glass
  • A “moving van” in front of a home when the residents are not there
  • Different people entering and leaving an address throughout the day

Reporting Your Suspicions –

When describing people and vehicles to the police be sure to give:

  • An estimated age
  • Their sex and race
  • Details about clothing
  • An estimate of height and weight
  • A description of any weapons involved
  • Vehicle’s license plate number
  • Make and model of vehicle
  • Color and other details of vehicle