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Saratoga Springs names Shane Crooks new police chief

Saratoga Springs names Shane Crooks new police chief

Saratoga Springs Police Lt. Shane Crooks was named the city's new police chief on Wednesday. His appointment is effective Sept. 7.

Crooks, who has served on the city force for 15 years, has worked his way up the ranks in the department, previously serving as a patrol officer, investigator, sergeant and patrol division lieutenant. His current role involves supervising operations of the patrol division and conducting internal investigations. 

Prior to joining the Saratoga Springs police, Crooks spent six years with the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department. He earned degrees at Adirondack Community College and Empire State College. He lives in Corinth with his wife, Kiley, and their two children.

"Shane has developed many strong skills in his career in law enforcement, especially his ability to communicate openly and clearly with the public as well as members of the force," Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Public Safety Peter Martin said in a statement announcing Crooks' new position. "I expect he will bring community policing and public outreach to a new level in the city."

Martin said acting Police Chief John Catone, a longtime veteran of the Saratoga force, will work alongside Crooks through the month of September in a transition to the new leadership. Crooks will succeed former chief Greg Veitch, who retired in the spring.

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