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Mayor Brown Welcomes New Buffalo Police Academy Cadets

78 Recruits Sworn In As Probationary Police Officers; City will have 92 New Police Officers on Streets by July, With Another New Class of Recruits Slated for August 2008

BUFFALO – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson today welcomed 78 new police recruits to the Buffalo Police Department. The new recruits, comprising one of the largest in the history of the Buffalo Police Department, took the oath of office during a public ceremony at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts attended by hundreds of friends and family.

They join two former BPD report technicians (RT's), who will be a part of the new police class, making the total class size 80 Probationary Police Officers. The RT's were sworn-in during a ceremony in November 2007. In addition, twelve former BMHA police officers, who were sworn in as Buffalo Police Officers on November 19, 2007, have completed their training and are now deployed to duty within the Department. The next BPD recruit class is scheduled for August 2008.

"On behalf of the residents of the City of Buffalo I want to commend all of you for coming together as one of the largest rpolice classes in Buffalo's history," said Mayor Brown. "You are also representative of the quality of our city's residents, having gone through probably the most comprehensive vetting process ever. You are also part of a group of future Buffalo police officers who will strengthen and increase the overall size of the city's police force by 92 new police officers by this coming July, with more to follow in August."

With the ceremonial swearing-in, the new probationary police officers will begin a state mandated training Monday morning on the ECC-North Campus. The training lasts about six months and will conclude in July 2008. The 18-month probationary period for each new officer includes the 6-month training period.

At the academy, the recruits will be trained in many areas including firearms, first aid, defensive tactics, community relations and legal issues.

"This is one of the best vetted classes of recruits in the history of the Buffalo Police Department," said Commissioner Gipson. "They've cleared the initial hurdles including drug, medical and psychological training and testing. I stressed to the recruits that they must be mindful that this is a professional endeavor of the highest order. I am confident they will be an excellent class of police officers."

The 80 new recruits bring the number of Buffalo Police Department Officers to approximately 800.