The town of Colonie welcomed three new police officers at its town board meeting on Thursday, June 28.
Nicholas Lane, David Mink and Jacques Trembley were introduced to the board and heard words of praise from their new boss, Chief Steven Heider.
Heider thanked the board for supporting the police department.
We've had 58 new officers in the last five years, he said. "It's a very arduous process. All of our candidates have scored 90 or above on the police exam, have undergone an agility test, and a personal background investigation. From 15 candidates, we got these three. We are still two short, but that's how picky we are."
Lane, 26, scored a 95 on the test, has a degree from SUNY Brockport and a master's degree in public administration. He currently is an investigator with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Mink, 23, is following in his father's and uncles' footsteps. Dennis Mink is a 23-year-member of the Colonie Police Department, and three of his uncles serve in other police departments. He has attended Hudson Valley Community College and the University at Albany, and works for the state Office of the Budget.
Tremblay is a graduate of SUNY Delhi and a veteran of the U.S. Marines, who saw combat in Iraq.
"In a few weeks, they go to six-months basic, and I know we'll all be here to welcome them back," Heider said.
The town board also accepted an award from the American Conservation and Engineering Council, which Terry Brown, president of local engineering firm O'Brien and Gere presented to the board.
The award went to the town for its work upgrading the Latham Water District's Mohawk View water treatment plant.
"The American Conservation and Engineering Council is made up of more than 300,000 engineers, and for the vision of the community, we present this award," Brown said.