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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > June 2015 > June Marks Gun Violence Awareness Month In Buffalo

June Marks Gun Violence Awareness Month In Buffalo


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

June 8, 2015–  

Today Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda, family members of homicide victims and anti-violence advocates held a press conference in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Month in Buffalo.  After unveiling new crime fighting measures, Mayor Brown issued a proclamation that declared June 2015 as ‘Gun Violence Awareness Month’ 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 during Gun Violence Awareness month in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown, noting that he is the chair of this year’s Gun Violence Awareness Month campaign statewide. “Every shooting affects the lives of countless numbers of people 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.”

In cities across the state this month, elected officials and community leaders focused on gun violence prevention.  In recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Month this year in Buffalo, Mayor Brown unveiled the following additional crime fighting measures:

  1. Over the next 4 weeks, city residents will see billboards, promoting cash rewards to increase arrests and convictions of those who possess illegal guns. As part of the ‘Gun Involved Violence Elimination’ or GIVE initiative, the City of Buffalo will offer up to $250 for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of those who possess illegal guns.
  2. A second 4-week billboard campaign will be rolled out in July, announcing that the City will offer $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who commit homicide.
  3. These two initiatives will coincide with a series of televised messages from loved ones of homicide victims, who will urge people to come forward with information leading to the arrest of those who have committed homicides. 
  4. To solicit more tips from the public, police officers will distribute information in targeted areas about NEXTDOOR – a private social network for neighborhoods.
  5. Finally, in recognition of June as Gun Violence Awareness Month, Mayor Brown issued a proclamation that declared June 8, 2015 as ‘Gun Violence Awareness Day in Buffalo’.

Under the leadership of Mayor Brown, the Buffalo Police Department reduced overall crime by over 25%, removed over 13,000 guns and by the end of 2015, the city’s police camera surveillance system will expand to 220 state of the art cameras.  The city also funded a new fleet of police cruisers and established the highly effective Peacemakers Organization.

As part of today’s event, 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.

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