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Buffalo’s Police Commissioner steps down

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Buffalo Police Commissioner, Daniel Derenda has retired, effective immediately.

Mayor Byron Brown has made the official announcement.

“Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda has faithfully and dutifully served the City of Buffalo for more than thirty years,” said Mayor Brown. “Public safety has been a top priority for my administration, and the work of Commissioner Derenda and the Buffalo Police Department has yielded a 40% drop in crime, with over 15,500 illegal guns removed from our streets since 2006. During his tenure the city has achieved the lowest annual crime rate in our history, improved community-police relations and modernized our police force. I am thankful to Commissioner Derenda for his service to our entire community and his dedication to the city’s public safety.”

Commissioner Derenda began his career as an Uniformed Police Officer before earning the designations of Detective, Detective Sergeant, and Deputy Commissioner of Operations. He was appointed Commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department by Mayor Brown in July of 2010.

Commissioner Derenda retired effective midnight, January 17, 2018, to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

Mayor Brown has appointed First Deputy Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood as Police Commissioner.

Mary Friona

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Mary Friona

Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.

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