Executive SummaryIn the fall of 2009 the Albany Police Department’s administration recognizedthat there was a need for a philosophical change on how the departmentfulfills its mission in serving the citizens of Albany. The department hadbeen through a five year period of decreases in almost all Part I crimecategories, yet was dealing with a community perception that crime wasrampant and the streets of Albany were unsafe. The administrationrecognized that this perception was further exacerbated by a seeminglyprevalent disconnect from the community that led to a general feeling of distrust between the police and community. With the combined perceptionsof an unsafe city, and disconnect between citizens and the police, it wasdetermined that the police department and city alike would be better servedto move to a community police based philosophy.As discussions continued at the executive level of the police department asto best effect a change to a community policing philosophy it was decidedthat a process had to be put in place to seek advisement from inside andoutside of the department. It was further determined that the best course of action would be to form an internal and external advisory committee thatwould make recommendations to the police administration onimplementation. The committees should, as best as possible, berepresentative of the department and community respectfully.It was recognized that the internal committee is a key component of buildinga successful community policing program. The members of the department,at all levels, need to be a part of the strategic planning process. It isimperative that feedback be gathered from a cross section of departmentalmembers so that they have buy in to the process. It is further imperativethat all levels of the department see that the administration is dedicated to acomplete philosophical change, not just a half hearted effort to satisfy anoutcry from the public. The members of the committee were chosen by their interest in serving onthe committee as well as recognition of what each individual would bring tothe table. The committee is made up of nineteen members representing allranks and units.