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BPD Add 15 New Officers to the Force

Department near 800 Officers

The Buffalo Police Department welcomed 15 new recruits into its ranks on Friday afternoon, July 31st, 2009. The ceremony attended by family and friends, was held in the Academy at Police Headquarters. Mayor Byron W. Brown and Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson presided over the swearing in ceremony.

These new police officers are joining 111 other police officers who have joined the Buffalo Police Department since November 2007, helping to grow the ranks of officers to 795, serving the residents of Buffalo.

In fact, since 2007, the Department has a higher percentage (19%) of new officers added to ranks of the Buffalo Police Department – than in cities like Milwaukee (13.5%), Cincinnati (8.1%), and Cleveland (18.1%) Pittsburgh (6.3%), Yonkers (11.1%) and Syracuse (15%).

Since taking office in 2006, Mayor Brown has made fighting crime the top priority of his administration, which has included growing the ranks of police officers. The mayor added that through the Buffalo Police Department’s enforcement of his Zero Tolerance anti-crime agenda, overall crime in the city has been reduced by approximately 7.2% over the past 3 ½ years, reduced violent crime by 6% and reduced homicides by 32%.

After extensive training, the 15 new officers are expected to hit the streets in late December of this year.

The recruits are: Eric Augustyn, Aaron Borczynski, Nicole Grody, Autumn Harrison, Joseph Hassett, Arwen Marlette, Sean McCabe, Adam Mielcarek, Joseph Mullen, Omar Rodriguez, Marcus Rogowski, John Seitz, Andrew Shea, Earron Smith and Sean Zoll.