Albany police chief formally announces resignation, nationwide search begins

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox announced he will be leaving on January 10th.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says a nationwide search for a new Albany Police Chief will begin, noting they have big shoes to fill.

Many are calling his departure bittersweet.

Chief Cox has been with the Albany Police Department for 22 years, working his way up the ranks. He was appointed as Chief in July 2015.

One of his most notable accomplishments was implementing the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program known as LEAD. The program strives to reduce low-level arrests and racial disparities. Chief Cox is also known for his community policing philosophy, which he believes helped mend relationships with the Albany community.

On Monday, he announced he will be taking a new job at the LEAD National Support Bureau.

“I will be helping other communities and other law enforcement agencies do what we’ve been doing which is implement those diversion initiatives and I’ll be able to not only help other communities but I’ll be able to continue to help the Albany Community,” Chief Cox said.

Cox says he will still be living in Albany and will be able to help the Albany department with his new position.

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