Operation Impact

Operation Impact (Integrated Municipal Police Anti-Crime Teams) is a strategic partnership of law enforcement and related criminal justice agencies intended to be a collaborative anti-crime endeavor. The goals of Schenectady’s Project Impact are:
  •   To reduce crime
  •   To reduce the prevalence of guns and drugs
  •   To improve the quality of life for residents
  •   To create a safer environment for business growth
Schenectady has formulated an effective coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies supplemented by governmental support organizations that will address specific crime issues. Individually and collectively we will develop and implement countermeasures followed by an evaluation of their effectiveness. 

  • City of Schenectady Police Department (SPD)

The SPD serves as the lead agency for Operation Impact with the Chief serving as co-chair for Impact consortium. All available personnel and resources are at the disposal of each Platoon Commander for their discretionary initiatives. 

  • Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office

The District Attorney’s office is an integral Project Impact partner. The D.A. will serve as co-chair for the Impact consortium. In addition, the D.A. will meet weekly with the U.S. Attorney to discuss current cases and to make a determination on prosecution in either the local or federal court system.

  • Schenectady County Probation

Similar to Parole, Probation offers information on probationers that police officers would not normally be aware of. Probation personnel will ride with Schenectady Police officers on various shifts for immediate identification of violation of probation conduct.

  • Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD)

Members of the SCSD assist Schenectady Police officers with various operations including, but not limited to; selected traffic initiatives, K-9 drugs and weapons sweeps of school district facilities and by providing a wealth of intelligence emanating from the County Correctional Facility. 

  • New York State Police (NYSP)

Will provide uniformed personnel for patrol/traffic initiatives. In addition, the NYSP will maintain and strengthen their Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) interdiction operations. In addition, the NYSP Major Crimes Unit is often used to assist with a significant investigation.

  • New York State Division of Parole

There are approximately five hundred parolees in Schenectady. New York State parole officer’s accessibility for home visits and immediate identification on the street provide extensive benefits. Ride-alongs with Schenectady Police officers will further contribute to the success of the project.

  • United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE)

Will provide operations and administrative personnel to assist with street level interdictions as well as investigative and forensics assistance. In addition, every weapon confiscated will be forwarded to ATF&E for a complete historical search.

  • United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York

Will meet with our investigative staff and members of the Schenectady County District Attorney’s office on a weekly basis to discuss cases. Each case is assessed with a determination made if the prosecution will take place in local or federal jurisdiction. The U.S. Attorney’s office is also utilized for legal information and consultation upon request.

  • United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

A member of our Investigation Bureau is assigned on a full-time basis to the D.E.A. Capital District Task Force. As such, we have immediate access to additional personnel and intelligence resources. Task Force members conduct extensive drug investigations and assist with street-level operations on a routine basis. 

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation

A member of our Investigation Bureau is assigned on a full-time basis to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. As such, we have immediate access to additional personnel and intelligence resources. The Task Force has provided and continues to provide assistance in various drug / gang related investigations. 

  • United States Marshals

Our agency enjoys a long-standing working relationship with the U.S. Marshals Service. As in the past, the Marshals will assist us with street level anti-crime initiatives, fugitive investigations and arrest warrants.

  • New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

Schenectady recognizes and appreciates the funding, technical and support assistance that continues to be provided by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice (DCJS) services staff members. DCJS will provide information form other Impact sites that may assist with the operations / administration of our program.

  • New York State Liquor Authority

The State Liquor Authority will provide investigators upon request to assist with point of purchase compliance checks. Underage drinking and underage purchases of alcoholic beverages very often lead to additional criminal activity including, but not limited to disorderly conduct and groups annoying. 

  • City of Schenectady Fire Department

The Fire Department has in the past and has agreed to participate in the future with code enforcement initiatives. Fire personnel will enter residents in the Impact area to monitor fire safety issues including, lack of or unworkable smoke detectors. Additionally, they will monitor exterior conditions for fire hazards. Arson is an increasing concern especially in locations frequented for drug use and / or prostitution. 

  • City of Schenectady Code Enforcement

Code enforcement officials have participated in quality of life code enforcement initiatives in conjunction with law enforcement personnel. Abandoned vehicles, theft of public utility services, uninhabitable structures and other pertinent local ordinances will be specifically addressed to support Impact projects and aid in neighborhood restoration. 

  • City of Schenectady Office of General Services

The General Services Bureau is responsible for property management and has offered their assistance to ensure compliance with local quality of life ordinances. Residences and outdoor areas such as parks, pools and other locations prone to drug activity will be targeted for violations. 



Coming soon is the SPD Operation Impact arrest log. Website visitors will be able to click on each arrest made by team members and view the picture of the arrestee along with details of the arrest.