Syracuse Police

Scott Willis / WAER News

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. 


Scott Willis / WAER News

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.


Chris Bolt / WAER News

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.


Chris Bolt / WAER News

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.

Syracuse Police Chief To Stay On During Transition

Jan 22, 2018
John Smith / WAER

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler will continue to lead the department during the first year of the new mayoral administration. Fowler was sworn in by Mayor Ben Walsh Monday. The city will bring on the new police chief by the end of the year, according to the Mayor’s office.

Fowler was vague about what might be different in his job under the new administration. He also declined to comment on his past performance in the Syracuse Police Department, or talk about goals for the future.

John Smith, WAER News

Onondaga County Authorities say it appears that a drug deal gone bad resulted in the homicide of a former Syracuse University Student in DeWitt in September.  Cameron Isaac of North Syracuse and Ninimbe Mitchell from Syracuse are charged with 2nd degree murder and first degree robbery.  County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick promised there could be additional arrests and made a plea for the return of the murder weapon.

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An Onondaga County grand jury has concluded that a Syracuse police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of Deric Brown last month when he opened fire on the officer. County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said officer Joseph Mauro III was performing a routine traffic stop on Walnut Avenue near Madison Street.

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