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Colonie ranked among nation's safest cities

Colonie ranked among nation's safest cities

The town of Colonie has been ranked the 10th safest large community in the United States in a recent

The town has been ranked the 10th safest large community in the United States in a recent national crime study.

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The study by CQ Press analyzed data from nearly 400 communities throughout the U.S. with populations of more than 75,000.

"No one person can take the credit for this achievement, it is something we all play a role in attaining and it is a testament to the strength of our community," town Supervisor Paula Mahan said in a written statement this morning.

While Colonie was ranked 10th, Albany was listed as 264th.

The study also ranked nearly 340 metropolitan areas, with the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan area placing 64th.

Mahan credited the police and school districts as major factors in the ranking. Police Chief Steve Heider said police officers are part of most residents' lives from the time they enter elementary school right into adulthood.

"One of our strongest deterrents is the presence of our police force. We have nearly 100 percent of our personnel living within the boundaries of the town," Heider said in a statement. "Chances are one of our officers is living in your neighborhood or coaching your child or grandchild in a sports program."

Mahan said Colonie is a big town that's growing and all town residents should take pride in the distinction.

"This community approach enables us to maintain that small town sentiment and the quality of life we are all accustomed to," she said.

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