While he did not attribute the safety of the community entirely to the police, Heider said there have been a few factors this year that could have contributed to the high rating on the CQ Press study.
"We're at full staffing for the first time in five years," Heider said, stating that the Colonie police department suffered from "heavy retirements" in the early part of the decade.
Another factor Heider said could have contributed to the safety of the town is the high police presence seen townwide.
"We have a very high visibility -- we hear that from criminals," Heider said. "And that's always been a priority of ours."
Heider said that 99 percent of Colonie police officers live within the town.
"It just creates the atmosphere of, 'You know what, maybe I should go somewhere else to commit a crime,'" he said.""