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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > June 2014 > Gun Violence Awareness Month In Buffalo

Gun Violence Awareness Month In Buffalo

June marked Gun Violence Awareness Month in Buffalo and across the State; community groups and anti-violence advocates promote upcoming educational awareness activities

Buffalo, NY – Today Mayor Byron W. Brown, Council President Darius Pridgen, Majority Leader Demone Smith and Niagara District Council Member David Rivera held a press conference with Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda, community members and anti-violence advocates on the steps of City Hall to wrap-up June as Gun Violence Awareness Month in Buffalo by issuing a proclamation that declared June 25, 2014 as ‘Gun Violence Awareness Day’ in the City of Buffalo.
"I am proud to join with my colleagues in government, community members and anti-violence advocates to continue to raise awareness about gun violence prevention as we wrap up Gun Violence Awareness month in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown.  “While we may be a city of different neighborhoods, when it comes to keeping our kids safe, we are one Buffalo.  Every shooting affects the lives of countless numbers of family members and friends of the men, women and children who are shot - and the pain and grief is immense. There is nothing more powerful than for our entire city to stand united together to make Buffalo an even safer city to live, work and invest.”

"Gun Violence awareness month puts the spotlight on an important issue and engages the public in community based education and programming," said Council President Darius Pridgen.  “I am proud to join Mayor Brown and my colleagues on the Council with a strong message, that every community deserves and has the right to feel safe.  We need to continue to make gun violence prevention a top priority for all city residents because gun violence is something that can affect any neighborhood, at any time.”

Council Majority Leader Demone Smith said, “Recognizing June as Gun Violence Awareness Month is yet another step in the right direction in promoting awareness and preventing the tragedies that are often the result of illegal guns on our streets."

In cities across the state this month, elected officials and community leaders focused on gun violence prevention. Mayor Brown listed his administration’s achievements to reduce crime and strengthen neighborhoods in Buffalo:

  • Mayor Brown’s highly effective zero-tolerance anti-crime policy continues to reduce crime. It’s accounted for a reduction in overall crime of 24% since 2005 and the removal of over 11,469 guns to date. 
  • The newly created Strike Force targets high crime areas year round; it accounted for over 5,200 arrests last year and the removal of 72 guns.
  • Implemented and expanded the city’s state-of-the-art surveillance camera system to over 200 cameras citywide; the program has proved instrumental in solving numerous crimes and several homicides.
  • Numerous collaborative efforts with other Law Enforcement agencies, resulting in successful arrests and convictions.
  • Buffalo Police and the City of Buffalo work closely with the Save Our Streets Task Force which addresses quality of life issues.

Anti-violence advocates outlined a number of Buffalo activities scheduled for this summer, including gun-safety education programs, community and political engagement events, and entertainment activities.