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BPD21C Initiative

Mayor Byron Brown’s Buffalo Police Department:  21st Century (BPD21C) Police Pre-Employment Scholarship Program is an innovative, ‘first of its kind’ in the nation, initiative designed to provide scholarship opportunities for city residents who want to pursue a career in law enforcement.

“BPD21C is a bold, creative and unique, first-of-its-kind program, that will foster an even stronger guardian mindset of our police in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “This value-driven program has the potential to become a national model for other municipalities to follow. We believe the results of BPD21C will revolutionize community-based policing and we intend to utilize all of our resources to recruit and educate a diverse and talented group of future police officers who reflect our City’s demographics.”

On November 29, 2016, the first group of BPD21C graduates received Buffalo Police badges at an induction ceremony after successfully completing Police Academy Training. The rigorous 6-month BPD21C training program positions incoming trainees to be better prepared for the police entrance exam and are therefore able to hit the streets faster and with more training than the traditional recruitment process.  The BPD21C program also helps to promote diversity in the city's police force  by providing opportunities to trainees that are representative of Buffalo’s demographics.  

Photos from November 2016 induction ceremony: