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Mayor Brown Announces Summer Police Foot, Bicycle, & Segway Patrols

Police Patrols Will Focus on Commercial Districts, Residential Neighborhoods & Parks

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the Buffalo Police Department’s foot and bicycle patrols are prepared for another summer season. The patrols will provide comprehensive patrol coverage in the each of the department’s five districts including all of the city’s commercial districts, residential neighborhoods and parks.

“These measures are part of ongoing initiatives by the Buffalo Police Department to reduce crime from our streets,” said Mayor Brown. “This is the third summer for enhanced foot and bicycle patrols. I am pleased that the strong police presence will now include the use of four Segway vehicles.

The foot and bicycle patrols will again focus on the city’s commercial districts, residential neighborhoods and parks. Currently, police “detail cars” in every district are mandated to perform “park and walk” patrols during every shift. The foot and bike patrols continue to complement these ongoing patrols.

They will be conducted in predetermined areas of each police district and will occur during each district’s day and afternoon shifts.

“The foot and bicycle patrols continue our effort to strengthen the quality of life and reduce crime for Buffalo residents,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda. “This initiative and the use of Segway vehicles further improve direct contact and maximum visibility between officers and the public”.

The Buffalo Police Department’s enforcement of Mayor Brown’s Zero Tolerance anti-crime agenda has reduced overall crime in the city by approximately 11.4% since January 2006. Violent crime has been reduced by 8% in the same period of time.

So far, preliminary numbers show overall crime has dropped another 7% in 2011 from last year at this time, with violent crime down 17%.