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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > November 2010 > Mayor Brown Announces Enhanced Holiday Foot Patrol And Safety Measures

Mayor Brown Announces Enhanced Holiday Foot Patrol And Safety Measures

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
              (716) 851-5841

Citywide Patrol by Buffalo Police Department during Thanksgiving Week

Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda and hospitality industry representatives today announced recently introduced enhanced citywide Buffalo Police Department foot patrols and additional public safety measures for the upcoming Thanksgiving week holiday.

“At the beginning of October, I directed Commissioner Derenda to implement neighborhood and business district foot patrols in every police district in the city in our continuing effort to strengthen our residents’ quality of life and reduce crime,” said Mayor Brown. “In addition, the Buffalo Police Department’s enhanced public safety tactics during this holiday week will help city residents and visitors enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, particularly in traditional city entertainment districts like Chippewa, Hertel, Elmwood Village and Allentown.”

These measures are part of ongoing initiatives by the Buffalo Police Department’s goal to reduce and ultimately remove crime from our streets. The strong police presence coincides with the mission of the Department to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for Buffalo residents through a cooperative partnership with the community.

The creation of the two programs is an outgrowth of past Buffalo Police initiatives that have been successful in maintaining public safety. The protocol will focus on residential, park and commercial areas, with special attention given to targeted violent crime areas.

 “We found with the introduction of updated and enhanced police foot patrols in July 2009 that these practices complement the ongoing activities of our department,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda. “Through the use of foot patrols and public safety measures, our service to the community will meet the specific needs of residents during the holidays.”

“This is not a temporary effort that will be in place for only specific periods of time of the year – this now a routine part of the BPD’s patrol operations in every section of the city,” added Mayor Brown. “We are increasing police visibility, supporting our residents’ and business owners’ quality of life and reminding anyone pursuing criminal actions that they will be arrested and thrown in jail.”