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In a decision that could have implications across the state, an appeals court is blocking the release of New York City police body camera footage at least until it hears arguments in November.

Law enforcement agencies across New York State are now required to video record interrogations of people accused of most serious non-drug felonies, such as homicide and sexual assault.

A 'State of Our City' for the people, by the people

Mar 30, 2018
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Not everyone thinks Buffalo is great and getting better. That was apparent at the Central Library Thursday night for the first "State of Our City" meeting.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the county is doing pretty well: jobs are up and county agencies are showing how well they can help members of the public. However, delivering his annual State of the County address Thursday, he said more needs to be done.

New York State Office of Mental Health

The state Office of Mental Health estimates a third of those incarcerated in New York have some type of mental illness. So why are they locked up instead of in a mental health program? Actually, Erie County has become a leader in diverting these offenders from prison. Progress has been slow, but steady, using a national model of law enforcement called Crisis Intervention Teams.

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Niagara County is looking to the public for help in solving crimes, by registering their security cameras with the county.

Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers' use of force, at least in the nation's capital.

That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge camera program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras on their collars or shirts.

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.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Firefighter Jason Czora returned home to Western New York from Colorado Monday. He returned the hard way - by bicycle.

Brett Jaspers

Sarah Harding has a police radio and a bullet proof vest. She checks in with 911 dispatch as she starts her day. 

But she's not a police officer. Harding is a clinical social worker with the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is reacting to the violence that took a man's life Saturday afternoon.

In 1969, Philip Zimbardo, a psychologist from Stanford University, ran an interesting field study. He abandoned two cars in two very different places: one in a mostly poor, crime-ridden section of New York City, and the other in a fairly affluent neighborhood of Palo Alto, Calif. Both cars were left without license plates and parked with their hoods up.

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Law enforcement in Niagara County is getting nearly $700,000 to fight violent crime.

Jamestown Police Department

A Southern Tier lawmaker wants harsher penalties for causing harm to police animals.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A small number of citizens turned out to ask real questions of real cops about how policing works in Buffalo, during a meeting sponsored by Masten District Common Councilmember Ulysees Wingo.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

The Peace Officer Training Academy is holding an Open House Saturday  for its new location in a renovated factory building at 2180 Elmwood Avenue. It is the first time since the initial class in August 2000 that the Academy has had its own facility.

New York State Sen. Patrick Gallivan is among a trio of lawmakers introducing the Community Heroes Protection Act in New York. The act would designate crimes that specifically target police, firefighters and other emergency service workers punishable as hate crimes.

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Town of Tonawanda Police are reporting the arrest of a daytime burglar.

Three law enforcement officers were killed and three others were injured in Baton Rouge, La., when a suspect fired on officers outside a convenience store.

This comes less than two weeks after a gunman opened fire on police at a protest in Dallas, killing five officers.

New York State Police

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

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Lockport Police have arrested area radio host and journalist Scott Leffler in connection with a domestic incident.

Buffalo Police are investigating an early afternoon shooting incident that occurred Sunday in the first block of Worchester Place near Leroy Avenue. Officers responded to the call just after 1:30 p.m.

Cheektowaga Police

Cheektowaga Police need your help identifying the persons of interest who gained access and damaged washing machines at a local laundromat.

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Niagara Falls Police are teaming with the New York State Humane Association in searching for the killer of a puppy.

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Jamestown Police are seeking help in solving a Friday afternoon bank heist.

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Olean Police are seeking the public's help in solving a brazen bank robbery that occurred Friday afternoon.

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A banking scam is targeting residents in a southern suburb.

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A man who escaped custody of local police is now the subject of a reward offer.

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Police are continuing the search for a missing teen.

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Amherst Police are continuing to investigate a fire that severely injured a homeowner on Carriage Hill East.

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