The Village of Lansingburgh had its own police department with the exception of a period from 1865 to 1870 during which time Lansingburgh was part of the Capital Police District.
Additionally, sometimes special police officers were appointed for certain locations, Rensselaer Park and Oakwood Cemetery among them. During at least parts of the 1890s and 1930s there had been special Rensselaer County Deputy Sheriffs appointed for Oakwood Cemetery. In 1967 a New York State Law was passed enabling cemetery corporations themselves to appoint special policemen, though that law was at some point later rescinded.
Law 1865, chapter 554. AN ACT to establish a Capital Police District, and to provide for the government thereof.
☞ CAPITAL POLICE.—The following appointments were made yesterday afternoon:
Troy—James L. Smith, Martin Bell, Wm. W. Gordon, Henry Pease, Chas. H. Vosburgh, Jas. L. Tilley, Michael Beren, Wm. H. Ives, Wm. Quinn, patrolmen.
Lansingburgh—John G. Morrison, John Smith, Abram Longstaff, John Daley, patrolmen.
West Troy—John W. Decker, Peter Farrell, patrolmen.
Troy Daily Times. June 29, 1865: 3 col 4.
Law 1870, chapter 715. AN ACT to organize and establish a police for the village of Lansingburgh.
Capital Police Troy Division—Report of Superintendent Conway.
The following report of Superintendent Conway of the Troy Division, Capital Police, was presented at the meeting of the Police Commissioners yesterday: […]
NUMBER OF ARRESTS FOR QUARTER ENDING SEPT. 30.
Precincts Males. Females. Total.
First 233 44 277
Second 408 48 456
Third 215 50 265
West Troy 452 106 558
Cohoes 335 71 406
Lansingburgh 130 17 147
Detective 252 113 365
Grand total 2,025 449 2,474
Troy Daily Times. November 5, 1870: 2 col 5.
One Time Head of Troy’s Police Guardians Pensioned—Had Served More Than Twenty Years.
Sergeant Morris E. Kirkpatrick of the Fourth Precinct was placed on the retired list to-day by Commissioner of Public Safety Cahill, the Police Surgeon, Dr. Hambrook, certifying that the Sergeant was not physically able to perform further police duty. The retirement becomes effective at 12 o’clock to-night. Sergeant Kirkpatrick has completed more than twenty years’ service, having been a Captain of the old Lansingburgh police, Captain of the Troy police six years and Chief six years. He was reduced to Sergeant when the present administration came into power. He will receive $475 a year pension from the city during the remainder of his life unless the pension law is repealed.
Semi-Weekly Times. May 1, 1914: 5 col 3.
Lansingburgh Residents Draw Up Petition
Residents of the Lansingburgh section are preparing petitions asking the city authorities to retain the Fourth Precinct on Second Avenue.
This police precinct is scheduled to be abandoned on Jan. 15 and the men stationed there consolidated with the Central Precinct.
The petitions, headed by James H. Malloy, have been placed at the Leonard Hospital, Thomas Gallo’s store and Eugene Mancello’s store together with other places of business in the district.
Times Record. January 4, 1945: 2 col 8.
Editor The Record: In regard to the article in the Times Record, Aug. 13, on the Lansingburgh Police Station, Mrs. Burns certainly has an excellent idea. Police protection in Lansingburgh as steadily deteriorated since the station here was closed. When anything becomes centralized in Troy, it spells the end of any efficient service, not only to Lansingburgh but to South Troy, the East Side, or any of the other non-central areas.
Lansingburgh from its original boundary just south of 101st Street takes in a large area which is increasing in population, has its own problems, and has so little in common with the downtown area that it is unfortunate there is any connection between the two.
Mr. O’Connor’s statement that a separate force would be “assinine” is typical of the type reaction we receive when anything is needed in Lansingburgh. Mr. Buckley’s comment that a separate station is not recommended in the Police upgrade study falls into the same category.
If a separate building and force would be too costly, why not set up a command post in the firehouse or some other suitable Lansingburgh building, where the men assigned to this area could work from, with very little additional cost to the city. In this way some men and a car would always be where they are needed.
As to Mr. Buckley’s remarks about duplicate police coverage, one would wonder how you could duplicate coverage that we do not even receive. As to duplicate record keeping, that also is rather amusing, as most of the people apprehended, seem to be released so fast after they are brought downtown, one set of records should be adequate.
This is not meant as a criticism of our police officers. I am sure they are for the most part fine men and dedicated to their work. The trouble lies not with them but higher up, and this situation cannot be brushed aside by call[ing] a citizen’s suggestion “assinine.”
FRANCES D. BRODERICK
“Pulse of the People.” Times Record. August 22, 1973: 4.