Clean Sweep 2018 and NET launched by Buffalo Police

Cleaning the neighborhoods and building relationships with community

Mike Baggerman
June 20, 2018 - 1:33 pm

Buffalo Police Department (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The City of Buffalo began its clean sweep initiative and formally announced its neighborhood engagement team on Wednesday morning. 

The clean sweep initiative is an annual collaboration between city agencies and small neighborhoods, to physically clean up garbage and other materials that aren't aesthetically pleasing to a neighborhood. Last year, 32 neighborhoods were cleaned as part of the initiative and the goal is for more in 2018. 

"These clean sweeps have really helped to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the city," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. "This year, when we finish the clean sweeps, since 2006 we would have done more than 300 clean sweeps."

Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood said the NET initiative by the Buffalo Police Department will help the fight against crime by taking over a dozen of the officers assigned to the community policing program and address problems such as property problems and quality of life concerns while building relationships with neighborhoods by participating in events such as neighborhood cookouts and walking the beat. 

"It shows them we're not just always there to make arrests," Lockwood said. "We're there to help in any way that we can. Also to help provide good safety for the neighborhood."

BPD NET is a 100-day venture that began two weeks ago with training.


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