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Mayor Brown, BPD announce program to help build relationships between police & community

Posted at 12:21 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 12:21:56-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood announced applications are now being accepted for a program to build relationships between police and community.

Officials say Buffalo residents can apply for the spring 2019 Police and Community Together (P.A.C.T.) Buffalo Citizen Police Academy.

The program is scheduled to run on Wednesdays for nine weeks from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Buffalo Police Training Academy, Room 319 at 68 Court Street.

“The purpose of the P.A.C.T. Citizen’s Police Academy is to provide a structured program that increases understanding and communication between our residents and police," said Mayor Brown. "By building our relationship with the community we serve, the department hopes to make the City of Buffalo an even greater place to live, work, invest and raise a family.”

The informational program is meant to build relationships between police and the community with the ultimate goal of reducing crime and achieving the best police service.

Interested candidates will be subject to a background check and must be 18 years of age or older and a Buffalo resident.

Find more information here.