BUFFALO, NY- Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced the implementation of the first phase of the restorative policing policies which were contained in the Buffalo Reform Agenda he announced on June 9, 2020. The Buffalo Reform Agenda is a community-driven outline for achievable and immediate initiatives the City of Buffalo is committed to taking to shift its law enforcement model to a restorative model that strengthens its ties to the community it is meant to serve. The action steps being announced today are part of an effort to ensure greater transparency, equity and fairness for black residents who live in the City of Buffalo beginning with community-police relations.
The first reform actions being implemented by the City this week, which will be in place by Wednesday, June 24th, are:
Mayor Brown said, “Today’s announcement shows the urgency required to address systemic racism in the City of Buffalo. The time for action is now and my Administration is taking bold steps to ensure that black residents feel safe throughout our City. As I said during my announcement with community activists, clergy, block club leaders, police officers and others, this is the first of many steps that we are taking while also calling on every other sector of our community, from healthcare to higher education to media to philanthropy to banking to labor, to do the same.”
For more information, go to www.buffalony.gov/reformagenda.