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Posted on: December 11, 2017



June 2, 2017 – As part of his continued commitment to end gun violence in Buffalo and in cities across the country, Mayor Byron W. Brown issued a proclamation that declared June 2, 2017 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the City of Buffalo.

"Every shooting affects the lives of a countless number of people and there is nothing more powerful than for our entire city to stand united together to make Buffalo an even safer city to live, work and invest,” said Mayor Brown.  “I am proud to join with my colleagues in government, community members and anti-violence advocates to continue to raise awareness about gun violence prevention on National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Buffalo. The Wear Orange Campaign in Buffalo will be quite visible and it’s my hope that it will bring people together to eliminate gun violence in our city.”

The Wear Orange movement began after the shooting death of a Chicago teen named Hadiya Pendleton in 2013. Today, Mayor Brown joined Mayors across the country in wearing orange as part of the Wear Orange Campaign, followed by making several updates on how the city plans to recognize Gun Violence Awareness Month to address the issue of gun violence prevention.

Since 2006, the Brown Administration has and continues to focus on two equally important goals: to keep neighborhoods safe and to build solid police-community relations.

  • The crime rate has dropped by over 35 percent since 2005
  • From the Brown administration’s Zero Tolerance policing policy, to numerous collaborative efforts with other law enforcement agencies and partnerships with organizations, including Buffalo Peacemakers, that have resulted in successful arrests and convictions, to adding more surveillance cameras and removing over 15,000 illegal guns, local strategies continue to produce results

For more information, go to - Twitter:  @BPDAlerts - Facebook: Buffalo Police Department - Instagram: BUFFALO_POLICE_DEPT.

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