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Mayor Brown Announces Enhanced Police Foot & Bicycle Patrols

Patrols Will Focus on Commercial Districts and Residential Neighborhoods

BUFFALO — Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that the Buffalo Police Department will update and enhance police foot and bicycle patrols in each of the Department's five districts, providing comprehensive patrol coverage.

"This is an effort to increase police presence throughout the city, putting more officers on the street in a very visible way," said Mayor Brown. "Since 2006, we've added 108 police officers to the Department, created the highly effective Mobile Response Unit and installed 70 surveillance cameras, with another 54 cameras being added this summer, so putting dedicated police patrols on the street and updating our bicycle patrols will further strengthen our Zero Tolerance anti-crime policy."

The foot and bicycle patrols will begin on Monday, July 13th, focusing on the city's commercial districts, adjoining residential neighborhoods and parks. Currently, BPD detail cars in every District are mandated to perform "park and walk" patrols on every shift. The foot and bike patrols will complement these ongoing activities.

The new coordinated bike and foot patrol details will enhance efforts to make police officers more visible throughout the city. These patrols will be conducted in predetermined areas of every Police District and will occur during each District's day and afternoon shifts (which are 6:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. respectively) and account for an approximate 40 manpower hours.

Because of the Buffalo Police Department's enforcement of Mayor Brown's Zero Tolerance anti-crime agenda, overall crime has been reduced in the city by approximately 7.2% over the past 3 years, reduced violent crime by 6% in and reduced homicides by 32%. Through the first six months of 2009 overall Crime is down 11% compared to the same time period in 2008.