Mayor Brown on Crime in City of Buffalo

"Thank God homicides not up in city this year"

Mike Baggerman
June 12, 2018 - 3:00 am

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown on June 11, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Last weekend's shooting at "Bowl-Inn" was the latest example of violence in the City of Buffalo. 

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said that he meets weekly with his deputy mayor and officials from the Buffalo Police Department to combat crime in the city.

"Thank God homicides are not up in the City of Buffalo this year," Brown said. "Any homicide, though, is one homicide too many. There have been a number of incidents that we are very concerned about and our police department looks at these things and works on these things every single day. So we are well aware of what is happening."

Buffalo Police on Sunday afternoon shut down Bowl-Inn on Bailey Avenue following a shooting at the alley's parking lot. There was also a shooting last Friday which left a teenager critically injured. Shootings as a whole are down seven percent from this point in 2017. There have been approximately 17 homicides in the City of Buffalo in 2018, down from 21 on this date last year.

"When we have seen violence spike in a neighborhood if that occurs or if we see an elevated pattern of crime in an area, we add more manpower," Brown said. "More personnel to the area, to make sure we are cracking down on the critical element and making sure the community is safe."

The mayor said police are the most needed resource, though an increase in officers drives overtime for the police department.

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