Schenectady Police Provides Great Service
Quite often we are quick to criticize the faults and errors of the police throughout our country and fail to acknowledge their strengths and accomplishments.
An example is the Schenectady Police Department and its presence in the Mont Pleasant area. As the one responsible for a church on Crane Street Hill, this is of great concern for me.
On Christmas, around 3:30 a.m., the burglar alarm went off in the rectory where my wife and I were sleeping. I called 911 and was connected with the Schenectady dispatcher, who assured me that patrol cars were on the way.
Within minutes, the rectory and church were surrounded by patrol officers who were quick to secure the area and assure me that all was clear. It ended up being a false alarm and, of course, I was embarrassed. But the officers assured me it was better to be safe and have them check than to encounter someone who broke in.
Such was the case on Labor Day weekend, when the alarm went off around 4:30 a.m. and someone had actually broken in. Fortunately, my wife and I were not in town that time. But once again, the Schenectady police were there in short order and apprehended the suspect.
The Schenectady police may not be perfect, and I don’t know anyone who is. But I know my wife and I, as well as the parishioners of the Church of St. Adalbert, are grateful for the quick response and dedicated officers who serve this great city of ours. False alarm or actual break-in, you are there for us. Thank you and God bless.
Deacon Joseph Cechnicki
The writer is the parish life coordinator for Church of St. Adalbert.
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