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Albany County Sheriff's Department
Abbreviation ACSD
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Patch of the Albany County Sheriff's Department.
Agency Overview
Legal personality Governmental agency
Jurisdictional Structure
Divisional agency County (US) of Albany in the State of New York , USA
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Map of Albany County Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction.
Size 533 square miles (1,380 km2)
Population 294,565
General nature
  • Local civilian agency
Operational Structure
Headquarters Voorheesville, New York
Agency executives
  • Craig D. Apple, Sheriff
  • William C. Cox, Undersheriff
  • Kerry B. Thompson, Chief Deputy
  • Paul M. Courcelle, Chief Deputy
Official website

The Albany County Sheriff's Department (ACSD), is a full-service law enforcement agency servicing the citizens of Albany County, New York. The ACSD has a strength of over 800 employees.


Established in the 1660s, the ACSD is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States.


The ACSD is divided into several units including: "...uniform patrol, criminal investigations unit, drug interdiction unit, fire investigation unit, scuba unit, crime and accident investigation unit, snowmobile unit, marine patrol, emergency response team (S.W.A.T.) unit, hostage / crisis negotiation team, emergency management unit, advanced life support unit, bicycle patrol unit, K-9 Unit, traffic safety unit, STOP DWI unit, civil unit, court security and inmate transportation unit, forensic unit, emergency medical services unit (Paramedics), County fire coordinators unit, domestic violence and special victims unit, and a search and rescue unit." Along with traditional law enforcement, the ACSD is directed to maintain security at the Albany County Courthouse, Albany County Judicial Center and Albany County Family Court. The ACSD is also contracted as the law enforcement agency for the Albany International Airport located in Colonie, New York.


The Albany County Sheriff's Department is also responsible for housing inmates at the Albany County Correctional Center. First constructed in 1931, the county jail is the fifth largest county correctional facility in the state. The jail contains 1,029 beds and has a staff of over 420 sworn and civilian. The jail admits over 7,000 inmates per year and averages a daily population of over 800.

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