The Building Department is operated by the government of Albany County in New York, which works for the welfare of the general public. The county operates through civil service, aging, consumer affairs, and audit and control departments. Its sheriff's department offers a range of law enforcement and crime prevention services. The county maintains the v Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center, which has been in operation since 1974 and provides support services for victims of sexual assault and their family members. Albany County also operates general services, health, human resources, law, management and budget, and economic development, conservation and planning departments.