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The tentative contract agreement between the city of Syracuse and its police union aims to address two major challenges facing the department:  Recruitment and retention.  Officials talked about the 4 1/2 year deal Wednesday with a committee of common councilors.  It includes a retroactive 2.5% pay increase for 2018, plus 2% raises through mid-2022.  First deputy chief Joe Cecile says there are also bigger raises for higher ranks to make the roles more attractive.

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The Syracuse Police Chief and Manager of Destiny USA want to reassure shoppers the shooting incident on Black Friday in the food court area was an isolated incident.  Police were alerted shortly after 7 PM and quickly responded to the scene.  Chief Kenton Buckner says a victim was shot twice in the leg. 


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It was February 4th, 2018, when then-Syracuse Police Sgt. James Milana pulled up on the scene of a man wielding a gun on South Salina Street near West Calthrop Avenue.  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul picks up the story…


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Youth and community advocacy groups in Syracuse are working with city police to try and bridge gaps between officers and neighborhoods.  The SPD has been making a concerted effort to connect with the residents they serve and nurture more positive interactions. 


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Syracuse Police are ready to take the next step in their body-worn Camera program.  The department is looking for feedback to make the technology the most effective.


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Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner has made improving the relationship between police officers and the communities they serve a priority since he was sworn in nearly four months ago. But some community organizations are concerned there isn’t enough being done to earn the public’s trust. 


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The board tasked with oversight of the Syracuse Police department says it is eager to get to know new Syracuse police chief Kenton Buckner.  The Citizen Review Board examines grievances against officers and can recommend corrective action.


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Syracuse’s new Chief of Police began his job just moments after a brief swearing in ceremony at the Public Safety Building. Mayor Ben Walsh issued the oath of office to Kenton Buckner, the former head of Little Rock Arkansas’ department. 


The results are in from a major community engagement effort to see what Syracuse residents and other stakeholders would like to see in a new police chief.  Months of meetings and outreach culminated in the release of the 74-page report.  The recurring themes of accountability and commitment to the community resonated with a pair of common councilors.


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A $12 million civil lawsuit was filed today against the City of Syracuse, Police Chief Frank Fowler and Officer Vallon Smith after alleged police misconduct. Officer Smith allegedly broke a 14-year-old student’s arm at Nottingham High School in February of last year after he was suspended and had been asked to leave the school’s premises.  Jabari Boykins’ mother says he has autism and bipolar disorder.  Lawyer Charles Bonner says the officer assaulted Boykins without probable cause.

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