FAQ

Q. Where is the Watervliet Police Department located?

A. The City of Watervliet Police Department is located at 2-15th Street. The Police Department is in the same building as the City Hall.

Q. How can I get a copy of a Police Incident or Accident Report?

A. Copies of reports are available five (5) business days after the report is taken. A Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request must be filled out and submitted to the City Clerk's office between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. There is a $0.25 charge per page. For a copy of the FOIL request please click here. This request can be faxed to the City Clerk's office at 518-270-3844. Please make sure a phone number is listed on the request as you will be contacted once the report is ready. This report must be picked up in person.

Q. Who do I call about court appearances or related actions?

A. Citizens often call the police department in regards to matters that must be addressed by the court. The police cannot confirm or change the date of a court appearance or adjust a fine or dismiss charges against a defendant. All such issues must be directed to Court personnel at 518-453-5550.

Q. There are a lot of speeders in my neighborhood. What can I do about it?

A. Call the Police Department's non-emergency number, 270-3833, to register your complaint. The complaint will be turned over to the Patrol Operations Supervisor, who will assign a patrol unit to your neighborhood in an attempt to solve the problem. We may send the radar trailer to the street for a day as a reminder to drivers in your area.

Q. How can I become a Watervliet Police Officer?

A. Call the Watervliet Civil Service at 518-270-3800 ext. 114, for a test date which is usually the first Saturday in December every year. Any upcoming Civil Service exams will be listed on that departments page on this website. To go to the Civil Service page please click here.

Q. Can I get a police patch?

A. No, department policy prohibits responding to such inquiries.

Q. My neighbors are out of town but their teenagers are having a party at their house, what should I do?

A. To help avert potential tragedy, the Watervliet Police are requesting that anyone who is aware of an underage drinking party taking place contact them at 270-3833. All calls received will be treated in the strictest of confidence. So don’t be afraid to call. Your call could save a life.

Q. How do I get a Handicap Parking Permit or renew the permit I now have?

A. For a copy of the Handicap Parking Permit request form click here. Complete the form and return it the Police Department for processing.

Q. To whom would I contact praise an officer for their actions?

A. Please drop the Chief a note in the mail, e-mail or phone call. It is always nice to hear something positive that our Officers have done.

Q. What if it is a complaint?

A. We also would like to know if our Officers have done something questionable or you feel may be improper. If you do, please complete the Officer Complaint Form and mail it to the Chief of Police for his review. For a copy of the form please click here.

Q. How does the department handle a bad check complaint?

A. For a copy of the bad check procedure please click here.