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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Mayor Brown, Police Commissioner Lockwood & U.S. Attorney Kennedy Announce Shoot Review Initiative

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Buffalo, NY - Mayor Byron W. Brown, Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood, and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York James P. Kennedy, Jr. today announced a new data driven crime fighting initiative, called Shoot Review, in a continued effort to reduce gun violence in neighborhoods citywide.

“Shoot Review is about accountability,” said Mayor Brown. “We share our community’s sense of urgency to curb the senseless gun violence that harms the quality of life in Buffalo, and this collaborative initiative will help us further reduce and prevent gun violence in our city. This intelligence led, data driven violence reduction strategy is the latest example of our City’s commitment to interagency collaboration between local and federal law enforcement agencies. I thank United States Attorney for the Western District of New York James P. Kennedy, Jr. for securing the $229,000 federal grant to support this program that will further increase the solvability of shooting cases and reduce gun violence throughout neighborhoods citywide.”

Police Commissioner Lockwood stated, “I want to thank our many partners on this important initiative to reduce gun violence in our community. Working together we can help solve some of these senseless crimes. I look forward to working with all of the agencies and I thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the important funding they are providing for this critical collaborative effort.”

The Shoot Review initiative, modeled after a highly effective Milwaukee Police Department program, is an intelligence led, data driven violence reduction strategy and the latest example of the City’s commitment to interagency collaboration between local and federal law enforcement agencies. United States Attorney for the Western District of New York James P. Kennedy, Jr. assisted in securing a $229,000 federal grant to help support the program. Launched last week in Buffalo, Shoot Review meetings will be held weekly. During the meetings, Buffalo Police command staff and detectives, will gather with local and federal agents and prosecutors, parole and probation officers and other partners to examine shooting cases from the past week. The goal of Shoot Review is to further increase the solvability of shooting cases, reducing gun violence throughout the community. Collaborating with the Buffalo Police Department on the Shoot Review initiative is the U.S. Attorney’s Office, The Office of the Erie County District Attorney, FBI, ATF, NYS Parole, Erie County Probation, Erie County Crime Analysis Center, and Erie County Central Police Services.

The Shoot Review initiative builds on the Brown Administration’s other efforts to reduce gun violence in neighborhoods citywide, including a new Gun Violence Unit, the Crisis Intervention Team, and an effective community policing program which includes the BPD Neighborhood Engagement Team. For more information, go to buffalony.gov.

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