Public Service Programs

Tours of the Police Department are available to youths and adults. The tour includes an explanation of arrest and booking procedures, teletype, computer system along with a view and explanation of the radio room, prisoner holding room and a police car. Tours are given (on availability) Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The Niskayuna Police Department fingerprint children as a service to parents in the event that a child becomes missing. The child's prints are taken and the card is turned over to the parents for safekeeping. The police department does not keep any child's fingerprints on file. Fingerprinting is also offered for Niskayuna residents on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 am to 11 am. Please bring  your own fingerprint cards with you when you come in.

A police officer, in uniform, discusses the role of the police officer in the community with elementary and preschool children.  Please contact 374-3159 to set up an appointment.

The combat auto theft program is available to any town resident who brings to the Niskayuna police station a valid vehicle registration and the vehicle they wish to enroll in the program. By signing a consent form the registered owner allows a reflective, numbered sticker to be applied in two (2) locations on the vehicle. The vehicle, if observed being operated between the hours of 1:00 am and 5:00 am can be stopped to determine if the vehicle has been stolen or is being used unlawfully.  For more information or to set up an appointment to register vehicle please contact 386-4584.

A certified child passenger seat technician will properly install a child seat into a vehicle brought to the Niskayuna police station. Along with the correct installation the technician can offer tips and ideas on keeping young children safe while traveling in automobiles.  To set up an appointment you can call 518-374-3159 or email Jordan Kochan, Ian Munger or Nicholas Pardi

Project Childsafe comes to Niskayuna: Firearm Safety Kits to be distributed locally.   Niskayuna will provide free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project Childsafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program.  The safety kits, which include a gun lock, will be distributed upon request.

Project Childsafe, a program developed by the National Shooting sports Foundation (NSSF), will distribute millions of firearm safety kits throughout the country over the next year.  The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant, with additional funding provided by the firearms industry.

Firearms accidents in the home can result from an unauthorized individual, often a child, finding a loaded and unsecured firearm in the home.  The risk of firearms-related unintentional injuries or deaths can be reduced when firearms owners are aware of and fully understand their responsibilities to handle firearms safely and store them in a secure manner. The goal of Project Childsafe is to inform and educate all firearm owners on key safety issues and to provide firearms safety kits that include a gun locking device.

"We encourage residents to pick up a Project Childsafe safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm," said Lt. Lewis Moskowitz.  "Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock. The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home."

By partnering with Project Childsafe, Niskayuna Police Department is participating in a growing national effort to promote firearms safety education to all gun owners. Project Childsafe will distribute gun lock safety kits to all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.

"Project Childsafe is an important step forward in helping ensure that all firearm owners fully understand their responsibilities with respect to the safe handling and storage of firearms."

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact the Niskayuna Police Department at 518-374-3159.

The internet has opened up a world of information and opportunity for anyone with a computer and a connection.  Your safety and the safety of your children can be protected by establishing safety guidelines. You should not let your children on the information superhighway without them. The way to stay safe is to understand the dangers and follow some simple rules to help you stay out of trouble. By following these rules you minimize the risks, but you can never completely eliminate all risks in life. Not everything that can go wrong in cyberspace necessarily puts you in physical danger. There are websites, newsgroups, chat rooms, and other places online that contain material that could make you feel uncomfortable. What does matter is that you have the right and the tools to remove yourself from any area where you feel that you shouldn't be. The most serious risk you can face involves the possibility of someone hurting or exploiting  you because of information that you post or someone else posts about you online or because of something you do or somewhere you go as a result of what you encounter online.  The number of teens who are molested, abducted, or leave home as a result of contacts made on the Internet are relatively low, but when it happens the result can be tragic.  The Internet, like so many other places in this world, is home to people who would try to take money from you or your family or just pester you with unwelcome advertising and marketing material. Be weary of get rich schemes that promise to help you earn lots of money in your spare time. If something sounds "too good to be true," it probably is.  Not everyone in cyberspace minds their manners. When you are online, especially in chat rooms or bulletin boards, there is a chance that you will get messages that are harassing, demeaning, or just plain mean. Don't take it personally. The best thing to do if you encounter messages or people in chat rooms who are acting that way is to ignore them.  Some messages, however, may constitute harassment, which is a crime under federal law. If someone sends you messages or images that are obscene, lewd, filthy, or indecent with the intent to harass, abuse, annoy, or threaten you, or contains any information that makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason report it to your internet service provider and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Cyber Tipline by calling 1-800-843-5678 or  Avoid  anything that might hurt people and risk getting yourself in trouble.  You need to respect other people's privacy and avoid taking any actions that annoy, harass, or hurt other people. You are responsible for your behavior online. Never enter any information about yourself without first checking with your parents and never send your picture to anyone that you do not know. Keep your identity private. Chat is probably the most dangerous area on the Internet.  It can be tempting to get together with someone that you meet in a chat room, but remember - people are not always who they seem to be. NEVER GET TOGETHER WITH SOMEONE YOU "MEET" ONLINE. Be especially careful of chat rooms that get into subjects that might be associated with sex or cults or groups that practice potentially dangerous rituals. Talk to your parents about their expectations and ground rules for going online. For more information or to speak to someone you can call 386-4584 or email

The Sex Offender Registration ACT (S.O.R.A.) requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to maintain a Sex Offender Registry. The Registry contains information on sex offenders classified according to their risk of re-offending : low-risk (Level 1), moderate-risk (Level 2) and high-risk (Level 3). DCJS recognizes the importance of collecting and maintaining this data to help you to provide the appropriate level of notification and safety in the community. To this end, the DCJS Sex Offender Registry provides regular information to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction regarding the sex offenders notification, if any, that is permitted by the Sex Offender Registration Act. DCJS also provides electronic access to the Subdirectory of Level 3 Sex Offenders through eJusticeNY and the DCJS Public Web Site ( There are other means to inquire whether an offender is listed on the NY State Sex Offender Registry (Registry) or the Subdirectory. The Registry includes offenders assigned the risk levels 1,2 and 3. For a charge of $.50 per call, individuals may call 1-900-288-3838 and request up to five name searches of the Registry provided  the requester has the name of the offender and one of the following additional pieces of information regarding the offender: (1) exact address; (2) date of birth; (3) social security number; or (4) driver's license number. The Subdirectory is also available on the DCJS website at If you would like to view level 3 registered sex offenders residing in the Town of Niskayuna you may visit the Division of Criminal Justice Services Sex Offender Registry. The following is a list of zip codes that are used in the Town of Niskayuna. You will need these for the State Registry. 12304 and 12309.