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Nearly one month after it passed in the Common Council, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown on Wednesday officially signed the policy known as Cariol’s Law into law. It is worth noting, however, that the Mayor’s Office did not call the measure Cariol's Law in its signing announcement, but instead said the policy had been in use by the police department since June 2019.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Common Council President Darius Pridgen on Friday unveiled the first steps in a police reform package. 

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Citing a growing lack of trust between citizens and the police department, a local criminal justice task force is urging Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood to a rescind a policy which allows officers to remove their name tags. 

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Last night, Free the People, Western New York held a meeting in the Belle Center to talk about policing and police. Under an order from Governor Cuomo, Buffalo must appoint a task force to study the Police Department and decide on what changes have to be made to update the agency and see how it handles racial issues.

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A social justice group is calling on Erie County District Attorney John Flynn to charge Buffalo Police officers after the false arrest of a man in March. However, Flynn said it is not his jurisdiction.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said Thursday that an investigation is underway into the hit-and-run perpetrated by the driver of a pickup truck who sped into a crowd of protestors in Niagara Square Wednesday night.

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Two women were shot, one fatally, in an early morning incident Sunday on the 300 block of Koons Avenue near Walden in Buffalo.

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Officials in the Buffalo Police Department addressed the vehicular ramming of officers on Bailey Avenue Monday night, but questions remain.

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There will be another curfew covering all of Erie County Sunday night into Monday morning. The hours are 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. All but essential employees are being told to stay home.

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More than a dozen Buffalo firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the city's fire commissione and the union that represents firefighters.


In an effort to change ticketing policies that target lower income communities, two local advocacy groups created a webpage to collect data on traffic stops in the City of Buffalo.

Joseph Gramaglia is Buffalo's Deputy Police Commissioner, the department's second-in-command. He is also the "officer in charge" of the Village of Blasdell police department. According to Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post, most observers say Gramaglia does a fine job in both roles. In fact, it's not unusual for Buffalo police personnel to have second jobs. But Kelly raises the question: Should high-level officials of New York's second-largest police department have their attention diverted toward second jobs?

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A big white Buffalo police van sat at the corner of West Delavan Avenue and Congress Street on Thursday. Police Chief Byron Lockwood and Mayor Byron Brown temporarily moved their offices there for the day to hear concerns from city residents.

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As the weather turns warmer in Western New York, vehicles most commonly seen in rural areas have been making their way onto the streets of Buffalo.


A community meeting is being held later this afternoon to discuss the Buffalo Police’s use of body cameras.

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An arrest has been made in connection to the three fake explosive devices found last week at the South Park Buffalo Police station and a UPS facility.

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The former federal courthouse in downtown Buffalo is again active, serving as the new home of both the Buffalo Police and Fire Departments. A dedication ceremony was held Thursday morning, beginning with the police department formally decommissioning its longtime home just a few blocks away.

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At a gathering Wednesday evening, there was enough wind to blow out memorial candles. Cops and civilians gathered to remember Buffalo Police Lt. Craig Lehner, who died a year ago during an Underwater Rescue Team training drill.


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A “suicidal man” in his mid 30s was shot by a Buffalo Police officer in the 600 block of McKinley Parkway Friday afternoon.

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When Buffalo Police K9 Officer Craig Lehner died in a training accident in the Niagara River last October, the question remained who would become the handler for his four-legged partner, Shield. At a special graduation ceremony for the K9 Unit’s newest teams, that question was answered.

Buffalo police are investigating two shootings, one of them fatal.

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The future of the Buffalo Police Department is looking more diverse. Recently, 40 new recruits were sworn in. Eight of them are part of a scholarship program titled Buffalo Police Department 21st Century. Launched in 2016, BPD21C is designed to help create a police force that looks like the people they protect.

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A benefit will be held in Buffalo on Thursday, November 16 in honor of the late Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner. Proceeds from the event will support the division in which Lehner served for many years.

Search for missing police diver continues

Oct 15, 2017
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The search for missing Buffalo Police diver Craig Lehner continued on Monday. Though unsuccessful, police vowed to pick up the search again on Tuesday.

In her recent story on the Buffalo Police Department, Daniela Porat of Investigative Post brought to light how two units have been focusing on high-crime areas. Some of the units' tactics, including police checkpoints, are drawing concern. One critic views the tactics as "bullying the community."

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Will the public give the green light to red light cameras in Buffalo? The Common Council wants to know during a public hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday.

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On Day Two of the National Homeland Security Association Conference in downtown Buffalo, local police, fire and emergency response departments put some of their equipment on display in Niagara Square for guests and local residents to view.

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The Buffalo Police Department is seeking the public's help in finding a missing male child.

Friday night shooting leaves man dead

May 13, 2017

A shooting Friday night on Buffalo's East Side left one man dead.

Medical examiner rules homicide in Wardel Davis death

Apr 29, 2017
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The death of a Buffalo man while he was being placed under arrest in February has been ruled a homicide. The Erie County medical examiner has reportedly determined 20-year-old Wardel Davis's death was brought on by his respiratory ailment.