Working together to make you safer
After a rise in incidents in the Pine Hills area, the local public
safety and security agencies decided to take action. Representatives from three
agencies; the Albany City Police Department, the University at Albany Police Department, and the College of Saint Rose Safety and Security
Department, came together to form a partnership. This partnership, now called
the "Operation Safe Corridor Steering Committee", has already made a great deal
of progress in the Pine Hills area.
the inception of the committee, the concept of creating safe streets was merely
a vision. Now, that vision is becoming a reality. The Steering Committee meets
regularly to discuss safety within our community and our future enhancement
plans for the selected streets. The goal of Operation
Safe Corridor is to create designated safer routes in the Pine
Hills area which pedestrians could utilize as they
conduct their daily and nightly business. Residents are encouraged to walk
on these designated Operation Safe Corridor streets rather than side alleys or
other less traveled streets. The Operation Safe Corridor streets are as follows: Western Avenue - from Main Street to Quail Street; Quail Street - from Western Avenue to Central Avenue; and Ontario Street - from Western Avenue to Yates Street.
date, several enhancements are already in place. The three agencies established
an Operation Safe Corridor detail, which runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
nights and is augmented with uniformed patrols in the area. Several video
surveillance cameras have been set-up to monitor pedestrian traffic. In
addition, a Crime Prevention Team was created using officers from all three
agencies. The team conducted a security survey of the corridor and made
recommendations for future improvements. See the following information for a
listing of our current status and our future enhancement plans.
CURRENT STATUS OF THE
Safety Fairs are conducted twice annually at the
Alumni Quad Cafeteria. We bring together many representatives to give the community
valuable information regarding safety.
Rape Aggression Defense
(RAD) is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women
12 years of age and up.
Fatal Vision Fatal Vision is a police
run program that allows individuals the opportunity to experience the dangers
of impairment from drugs and alcohol without suffering real consequences.
The Midtown Neighborhood Watch program involves late
night patrols (including the corridor area) by resident volunteers, college
students and long-term neighbors. For more information or application, contact
University at Albany Police at 442-3130 or the Albany City Police at 458-5669.
Operation Safe Corridor uniformed detail runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday
nights to ensure the safety of our area residents.
lighting and security surveys are conducted by the newly created Crime
Prevention Team. These surveys make recommendations for security enhancements
in the Operation safe Corridor area.
City Police requested an additional taxi stand be created at the corner of
Madison Avenue and Ontario Street. This stand has helped
ensure the safety of our area residents by providing them with a safe location
to hail a taxi.
area businesses have agreed to participate in the "Safe Business" partnership
by providing a safe haven for individuals in need of police assistance. These
businesses are identified by a "Safe Business" sign in their windows. A
complete list of Safe Business partnerships is located on the back of this
FUTURE ENHANCEMENT PLANS
"BLUE-LIGHT" 911 PHONES
"blue light" emergency phones will be installed in designated areas throughout
the corridor. This security measure is provided to ensure safety. When these
phones are picked up, they automatically dial into the dispatch center as a 911
emergency call for the City of Albany Police, the College of Saint Rose Safety and Security, or the
University at Albany Police, depending on the location of the phone.
IP VIDEO SURVELLIANCE
A digital camera "views" the scene in front of it, broadcasts the
video images as a digitized signal over a LAN line (Local Area Network) where
it's then transmitted to a computer or server. Several cameras have already been
installed. The goal is to expand existing cameras to cover the entire Operation
Safe Corridor region.
STREET LIGHT UPGRADES
accordance with recommendations made by the new Crime Prevention Team, our goal
is to increase the lighting in the Operation Safe Corridor area. These upgrades
will help to create pedestrians-friendly streets.
corridor has been identified, but your
begins with you!