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BPD and Erie County Sheriff’s Join Forces in the Sky

Air One to Aid MRU in Combating Crime

The Buffalo Police Department and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department will join forces to help continue to curb crime in the City of Buffalo.

At a joint press conference, Wednesday afternoon, September 2nd, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that the Erie County Sheriff’s helicopter, “Air One”, will work hand-in-hand with the Buffalo Police Departments’ highly effective Mobile Response Unit/New York State Police Task Force.

“Air One” will assist the MRU Task Force several days a week starting immediately.

Mayor Brown said, “We continue to add to our police department’s arsenal. This is another sign of working together with other agencies in the area to continue reducing the crime rate in the City of Buffalo. The Mobile Response Unit, State Police and now the addition of the Erie County Sheriff’s make this an extremely formidable crime fighting unit”

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard added, “A search made by a helicopter takes a fraction of the time that would be taken by ground units. It uses far fewer resources, improves safety for those on the ground and can search large areas swiftly and extremely efficiently”.

Sheriff Howard also added, “I am happy to lend the services of our aircraft and the expertise of Captain Kevin Caffery to Buffalo Police in a concerted effort to help fight crime”.

The mission of the MRU/NYSP Task Force is to continue to eliminate Gangs, illegal Guns and illegal Drugs in the City of Buffalo.

Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson said, “The addition of the Erie County Sheriff’s helicopter to the MRU/NYSP Task Force is a great operational opportunity. Staffing the helicopter with an MRU officer, in addition to the pilot, will help the Unit on the ground as they fulfill their mandate to eradicate Gangs, Guns and Drugs in the City of Buffalo”.

Gipson added, “This will also serve to promote officer safety by providing officers with advanced warning of dangerous locations or situations”

Since the creation of the Mobile Response Unit in 2007, the Unit has been responsible for over: 7,700 arrests, over $600,000 in cash seized, over 430 guns seized and almost 400 search warrants executed.

“Air One” is a $2 million dollar Eurocopter that provides services to more than two dozen law enforcement agencies and over ninety fire companies in Erie County.

Captain Kevin Caffery has 39 years on the force including 22 years of flying.

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