Byron Lockwood Nominated to be Permanent BPD Commissioner

Mayor Brown makes nomination at Thursday's State of the City

Mike Baggerman
February 22, 2018 - 4:30 pm

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown (podium) with Retired BPD Commissioner Daniel Derend (left) and interim Commissioner Byron Lockwood (right) a from May 2017 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Interim Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood was nominated by Mayor Byron Brown on Thursday to permanently fill the post of the highest ranked officer in the Buffalo Police Department.

Lockwood was previously the department's deputy commissioner and selected to his current interim role on January 17, the day then-commissioner Daniel Derenda left his post to work in the private sector.

"I know that he is the right person for this job," Mayor Brown said in his state of the city address. "His distinguished career in law enforcement and strong relationships within the department and community, along with his integrity, hard work, and love for our city and our police department, will make our neighborhoods safer, stronger, and deepen the bonds between the police and the community."

Brown said there were a "number" of other senior officers that could have been named as the head of the department but he picked Lockwood because of his experience and relationship with the union, among other factors.

LISTEN: Mayor Brown nominates Byron Lockwood to lead Buffalo Police Department during State of the City address

"The role is the same," Brown added. "I have asked Commissioner Lockwood and the management team to hit the ground running, to move forward on a number of priorities like accreditation, like the body camera study we're doing, like looking at tasers, like coming up with new units."

In order for Buffalo Police to become accreditated, it will need to reach a certain standard set by New York State. The standards are divided into three categories:

  • Standards in the Administrative Section: Agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices, and records management
  • Training Standards: Basic and in-service instruction, training for supervisors, and specialized or technical assignments
  • Operations Standards: Critical and litigious topics like high-speed pursuits, road blocks, patrol, and unusual occurrances.

Brown believes that by having the police department officially accreditated by New York State, it will allow them to have the tools, resources, and technology necessary to do its job. It will also allow them to increase their reputation in the community.

"(We want to) have this viewed as one of the best departments in the nation," Brown explained.

Buffalo Police Lieutenant Joseph A. Fahey from the A-District was assigned by the police commission to lead the accreditation process. Brown said he received a report on Wednesday that indicated his 2018 goal to have it accreditated this year is on track.

LISTEN: Buffalo Mayor speaks to reporters after his State of the City Address

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