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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Mayor Brown, Police Commissioner Gramaglia Encourage Individuals to Take the Upcoming Police Exam

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Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia today encouraged those individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement to take the 2023 Buffalo Police Entry Exam. From now until, Monday, May 22, 2023, the city is accepting applications for the June 17th police exam — the first in four years. This year, the city is reaching out to interested candidates in communities across the region and state, with a focus on those from communities of colors.

“The Buffalo Police Department is looking for individuals to serve their community and join our community as a Buffalo Police Officer,” said Mayor Brown. “This is a great opportunity to change lives and be proud of what you do. Through this Buffalo Police entry exam application process and recruitment campaign, we want to attract a high-quality pool of diverse candidates that can help us continue to reduce crime and also help to ensure that our police force continues to represent the residents we serve. 

Commissioner Gramaglia stated, “I am excited to see what the next group of women and men bring to our police department. We are looking for a diverse pool of candidates reflective of our community that want to be a part of the change in policing, the next generation of police officer. This is an exciting and rewarding profession deeply rooted in community engagement. The key to safer communities with lower crime rates is a joint collaboration between our police officers and the community we serve.”

The deadline for exam registration is Monday, May 22, 2023. The exam will be given on Saturday, June 17, 2023.

To qualify, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 19 and 34 on exam date
  • Any New York State resident can apply to take the exam, however, all candidates who pass the exam must be a City of Buffalo resident 90 days prior to being canvassed for appointment
  • High School Diploma, GED or Equivalency Diploma

For more information about the application process, go to or go to Room 1001 City Hall or call 716-851-9614.

The Buffalo Police Department offers excellent benefits to becoming an officer. Salaries range from $49,588.00-$82,646. Benefit packages include health, dental and optical coverage, vacation/sick pay, a retirement plan, and a continued education stipend.


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