Syracuse Police Department

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  Mayor Ben Walsh is promising more actions to improve the safey and health at the embattled Skyline Apartments in Syracuse.

After the suspected murder of a 93-year-old resident, the Skyline Apartment complex has come under scrutiny, bringing more attentoin to numerous past complaints. Walsh and Syracuse Police have taken action to hold the property owners accountable, such as requiring the presence of police officers at the building.


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  The New York Civil Liberties Union is suing the Syracuse Police Department for denying their requests to access all records pertaining to complaints of police misconduct.  The NYCLU claims the previously secret records are now authorized to be publicly disclosed following the repeal of section 50a of state civil rights law last year. 


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All uniformed police officers in Syracuse are now equipped with body cameras. A total of 220 cameras have been issued to police officers and are to be on whenever any law enforcement activity occurs.

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A former Syracuse Parks official is settling into a position to improve relations between Syracuse Police and the community.  The new role comes after summer protests and years of strained interactions with local residents over police conduct. 

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Syracuse’s Police Chief says two homicides over the weekend and another killing form last weekend are not connected to recent protests, but rather drug and gang activity.   Together, the three killings push the city’s number of homicides for the year to 17. 

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17-year-old Chariel Osorio passed away Thursday, a week after being shot at a party in downtown Syracuse. The Police Department has a few suspects, and believes it was a multiple-shooter, gang-related incident. Various social media posts suggest the organizers of the party told the police the gathering was a Black Live’s Matter rally. 

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The ongoing protests in Syracuse and many other cities are calling out for change in police policies on conduct, use of force, and violence.  Friday, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Police Chief Kenton Buckner addressed some of the questions that are coming from protestors.

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UPDATE: Common Councilors will vote on the labor agreement with the Police Benevolent Association Thursday at 4:00 p.m.


Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner made his case Tuesday for common council approval of a hotly debated union contract.  In his first public comments on the matter, he told councilors the various educational, language, and longevity incentives will make the department more competitive in recruiting and retaining officers.

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A Syracuse Common Councilor is delaying a vote on a tentative contract with the police union, saying the total cost of the agreement might be much more than originally estimated.  Finance committee chairman Tim Rudd says instead of $12 million, it could be more than $20 million. 

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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.