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Equality/Civil Rights


As the nation strives to improve police-community relations, safeguard the lives of officers and residents, and reduce crime while respecting civil liberties, voices around the country – from President Obama to ordinary citizens – are calling for more community policing. The Buffalo Police Department (BPD) has taken important steps toward embracing community policing, such as hiring community police officers, providing all officers with some community policing training, working collaboratively with community groups like Buffalo Peacemakers, improving language access for refugees and immigrants, and creating a scholarship program to diversify its recruits. Drawing on examples from across the country, this report explores a wide variety of ways the BPD can build on this momentum and expand community policing in Buffalo.