Growth in downtown Buffalo's central business district has prompted the addition of a two-person foot police patrol that will walk the Main Street pedestrian mall during business hours and special events.
The new downtown patrol will focus solely on the main spine of the central business district with the police not only walking the district but also meeting and interacting with landlords, residents and business owners.
"I want them to be more personalized," said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, who confirmed the squad's presence. "I want them to be very proactive."
The team will not be pulled away to handle calls away from the district, Brown said.
"They are a dedicated downtown detail," Brown said.
Brown said the added presence came after he held meetings with property owners, residents and other stakeholders along the central business district. The mayor said other policing strategies will also be employed to keep downtown safe.
"With more people living downtown, working downtown and being downtown, we thought it was very important to have this new squad out on the street," Brown said.
The downtown detail will not be limited to just the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday hours.
"It will be beyond that," Brown said.