Buffalo Police Commissioner Derenda Has Retired

Retirement was effective at midnight

Richard Root
January 17, 2018 - 2:49 am
Daniel Derenda

NYS Public Safety


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda has retired.  That announcement was made overnight by Mayor Byron Brown's office.  The retirement was effective at midnight.

The only reason given for the sudden announcement was that Derenda plans to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.  First Deputy Commissioner Byron Lockwood will take over as interim commissioner.

"Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda has faithfully and dutifully served the City of Buffalo for more than thirty years," said Mayor Brown in a statement.

Under Derenda the Buffalo Police Department has seen 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 its history.  

The Mayor's statement also cites improved community-police relations and a modernized police force as Derenda's achievements.

"I am thankful to Commissioner Derenda for his service to our entire community and his dedication to the city's public safety," Brown said.

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  in July of 2010. 

He had been with the Buffalo Police Department for 31 years.

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