Syracuse Police Department

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

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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. 


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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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Syracuse Police officers did not use excessive force during a recent traffic stop that was made public on video.  That’s the decision of Police Chief Kenton Buckner, who released details of his investigation Monday.  He explained that combining citizen video with police body-camera footage, the use of force was appropriate because the driver was not complying and was resisting arrest. 

Buckner understands how the video on social media raised community concerns.

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. 


Syracuse Announces Kenton Buckner As The City's New Police Chief

Nov 2, 2018
Erron Franklin / WAER News

It's been a week of new appoitments in local government. A surprise announcement came today from the city that the search for a new police chief of Syracuse is complete. Mayor Ben Walsh selected Kenton Buckner, who most recently led the Little Rock, Arkansas Police force.


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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The Syracuse Police department will soon begin the process of outfitting one hundred officers with body cameras under a pilot program approved Monday by common councilors.  It appears both the community and officers are asking for the devices.

First Deputy Chief Joe Cecile says the field trial agreement with Axon corporation is free of charge, and builds upon a separate, earlier effort with a handful of officers.

Chris Bolt/WAER News

Can your smart phone make you safer in the City of Syracuse?  Mayor Ben Walsh joined members of the Syracuse Police Department to roll out new technology to help reduce crime and improve community relations. You might have a phone app to find your way around or get a ride, maybe check the weather or play a game. Deputy Chief Joe Cecile wants you to get another app for community benefit.

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