Brendan Keany

City Officials Celebrate Opening of Buffalo Police & Fire Headquarters

"This move translates to a safer Buffalo." - Darius Pridgen

November 01, 2018 - 1:50 pm

by Brendan Keany

BUFFALO (WBEN) - Two years ago, the City of Buffalo acquired the Michael J. Dillon Courthouse Building for $1. Today, city officials celebrated the creation of a joint police and fire public safety headquarters, as there was a decommissioning ceremony at the former police headquarters on Franklin St., then a procession to the new home at Niagara Square.

The former police headquarters had housed the department since 1937, but Mayor Byron Brown said it's been a goal to find a place that could hold both police and fire departments for one joint headquarters.

"Today marks a new start of a new era for public safety in our city as we commission the City of Buffalo Police and Fire Headquarters at the Michael J. Dillon U.S. Courthouse Building," said Brown. "Establishing a joint police/fire safety headquarters has been a goal of my administration, and this special building, with its strategic location on Niagara Square, was just what we were seeking."

The 180,000-square-foot building was redeveloped and renovated over the past two years to make the headquarters a modernized, state-of-the-art facility. Some of the investments include high-tech evidence, property, camera and training rooms for the BPD, installation of advanced security measures throughout the building, camera systems, and fire suppression.

"As our city's resurgence continues, we are experiencing increased demand on our police and fire services," said Brown. "This new police and fire headquarters offers both departments the technology and physical layout they need to efficiently and effectively coordinate and deliver critical public safety services."

Buffalo Common Council Darius Pridgen says this move will make services more efficient, cut down on city costs, and also show the importance of redevelopment and conservation.

"This building represents not only professionalism for those who will occupy this wonderful building, but also one of preservation, and finally, one of progress," said Pridgen. "In a time in which we look to our neighbors in Pittsburgh and times where there are tragedies, and calamities, and even natural disasters and unforeseen events, it makes sense to have our first responders in one building where they can work together, collaborate together, but most importantly, protect and serve."

Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood says that the new building represents a place that public service can be proud of, and that it will assist the department in providing service to the community.

"We will be steadfast in our mission of providing the best possible public safety to our community," said Lockwood. "Like the Buffalo Police Department itself, this new home also has a great history that we are all proud of. My hope is that this building serves our department and our citizens well for the next 80 years and beyond."

More pictures and full audio from today's commissioning ceremony below:

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