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Moving up and moving on in the Colonie Police Department

"There were 40 candidates and we narrowed it down to five," Heider said of the new officers. "Congratulations to the new members and their families for being here."

He also told the new members and their families that their new positions will not be easy.

"We are going to challenge you," Heider said, reminding the audience that "our people are the best equipped, best compensated," and as such, members of the department like to see others go so that they can move up the rank and file.

Heider compared the police department to "a bull pen," and said, "The competition for promotion is fierce here." The competition, he said, begins at the hiring process.

Mahan congratulated the appointed members, who were unanimously voted into their new positions.

"You can be very proud of the work the police department does for you," she said.

Mahan also credited Heider and the rest of the department for their outstanding work in ensuring the safety of the residents of the town, saying, "We do have the best of the best."

After the ceremony, Heider told The Spotlight, "Once again, I have the extreme pleasure of having so many qualified people in our organization that even when you have change at the top of the department, the biggest challenge is which of the best of the best do you pick?""

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