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Home > Leadership > Mayor > News Room > Mayor Brown Welcomes 16 New BPD Police Recruits in Swearing-in Ceremony

Mayor Brown Welcomes 16 New BPD Police Recruits in Swearing-in Ceremony

August 7 – Continuing his commitment to public safety and community policing, Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, today welcomed 16 new Buffalo Police Department recruits to the force. The new recruits took the oath of office during an official swearing-in ceremony at Buffalo Police Headquarters.


“I’m pleased to welcome this next generation of Buffalo police officers, a diverse group of 16 police recruits, which includes eight women. This will bring the total number of active female BPD officers to 167,” said Mayor Brown. “By adding more diversity to our police force, we continue to foster an even greater respect between the community and police. I’m particularly proud that two members of this class are recipients of my administration’s BPD21C scholarship.”


A total of 20 recipients of Mayor Brown’s ‘Buffalo Police Department 21st Century Scholarship Program (BPD21C) have been sworn in as officers since last fall. BPD21C was launched in early 2016 as a first- of-its-kind program, designed to further strengthen the City’s police force by adding more diversity and fostering an even greater respect between the community and police.


While the new BPD21C pre-credentialed officers wrap up field training, the other 14 police recruits will begin six-months of training on Monday at the police academy on the ECC North Campus next Monday, August 7, 2017.
This class is third class of Buffalo police officers hired under a new contract which requires Buffalo police officers to live in Buffalo at the time of hire and remain city residents for the next seven years. Today’s swearing in grows the ranks of Buffalo Police Department Officers to 786.