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Earlier this year, former Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda resigned suddenly from his post as top cop in the Buffalo Police Department. New commissioner Byron Lockwood has since taken his place. Our partners at Investigative Post looked into the process, or lack thereof, that got him there.

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Former Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda has taken a job with a Florida-based private security company.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he had no intention to replace Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, whose retirement was announced overnight, and that the decision to step down was entirely that of the 30-year police veteran.

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A big change is coming to the Buffalo Police Department. In an overnight press release to media, Mayor Byron Brown announced the abrupt retirement of BPD Commissioner Daniel Derenda.


An investigation into the death of a Buffalo man who died while in police custody has resulted in no criminal charges against the two city police officers involved. The decision brought out protesters to Buffalo Police headquarters, who said they were marching for justice.

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.

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As a pair of civil rights organizations prepare to sue the city of Buffalo for information on police checkpoints, Mayor Byron Brown says he "feels very comfortable" with police actions.

Watchdog groups in Buffalo are skeptical of a new crowd control device that the Buffalo Police Department has purchased. It will be used to disperse crowds when they become unruly.

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Crime remains a big issue in Buffalo's mayoral campaign, with violence not going away. Wednesday night at the Merriweather Library, Mayoral Candidate and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant held one of her town hall meetings - this time on body and dash cameras, red light cameras and police checkpoints.

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Four mayoral candidates had at least one thing in common Thursday night: attacking Mayor Byron Brown. They gathered in a mayoral forum at Buffalo's Central Library.

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Local law enforcement are sending their collective condolences to Dallas, where snipers ambushed and killed five officers Thursday night.

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The ranks of the Buffalo Police Department could become more diverse, based on numbers disclosed Tuesday. Mayor Byron Brown says just over half of the 2,468 people who have applied to take the city's police exam in June are minorities and 29% are women.

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A drug pipeline that fed Western New York is out of business. Federal, state and local law enforcement arrested 20 suspects in Buffalo and Lockport Thursday in a bust named Operation Rolling Thunder. 

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Three teenagers were among four people who were shot, one fatally, in two separate incidents in Buffalo over the weekend. Buffalo police say they are making some progress and the two shootings may be related.

Buffalo's police union and the city's police commissioner have different opinions about the union's proposal to provide patrol officers with higher-powered guns than their currently-issued pistols. City lawmakers, meanwhile, are not ready to commit one way or another.

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A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with raping a college student in broad daylight earlier this month in Hillery Park.

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Residents and businesses in Buffalo are being encouraged to participate in a new crime-fighting initiative that allows the city police department to view footage from private surveillance cameras. 

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Domestic Violence takes center stage at City Hall Monday. Activists are planning to protest comments made by Buffalo's police commissioner last week amidst a rally this afternoon.

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Buffalo Police say a man questioned Tuesday for possibly attempting to abduct two 13-year-old boys Monday is not being charged with a crime.

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Buffalo Police have made an arrest in connection with the Tuesday shooting near the Oakmont Avenue footbridge which claimed the life of 14-year-old Raymond Patterson III.

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Several members of what is described as the most violent drug trafficking gang in Western New York have been taken off the streets.

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Buffalo Police officers can no longer work part-time as security at bars. The move comes as criminal and internal investigations are underway into an attack at Molly's Pub that left Air National Guardsman William Sager Jr. in a coma.

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The Buffalo Police Internal Affairs Division is investigating a possible case of police brutality following the emergence of an online video over the weekend.

City unveils new police vehicles

Apr 22, 2014
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The Buffalo Police Department received a dozen new patrol vehicles Wedneday. The Chevy Tahoes are the first of 49 total cruisers expected to be on the road by mid-May.

Buffalo Police begin using Narcan to treat overdoses

Feb 28, 2014

Buffalo Police officers are now trained to carry Narcan, a temporary antidote for drug overdoses.

Common Council members want the Buffalo Police Department to make sure there are visible numbers on the sides of all patrol cars, not just on top for airplanes and helicopters

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Former Buffalo Police officer James Hamilton will serve time in a federal prison after pleading guilty Thursday to felony drug trafficking charges.

Buffalo man charged with killing 5-year-old boy

Sep 19, 2013
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A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a 5-year-old boy.

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Buffalo Police have announced an arrest in the murder of a 13-year-old girl. The body of Lanasha Rollerson was found in the 100 block of Newburgh Avenue Tuesday night. Darshawn Morris, 21, of Hagen Street was arrested at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

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Buffalo Police's Strike Force is earning praise.  The city tried the strike force idea twice last year and saw sharp drops in crime; this year it's been made permanent.