Syracuse Police Department

John Smith / WAER-FM 88.3

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…


Chris Bolt/WAER News / WAER FM

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.


axon.com

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.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Members of the Syracuse Police Department responded to a different kind of call over the past two months.  They were up to the challenge…in exchange for wearing pink badges, growing beards, and painting their fingernails. 

Sergeant Colin Hillman says there was a certain feeling of freedom when male officers didn’t have to shave and female officers could paint their nails blue.  Normally, both are prohibited.

"Telling the patrol cops they get to grow a beard for a month was great.  As far as bolstering morale, it was very popular."

Jason Chen

Dozens of people packed the Syracuse Police Department Monday morning to have a look at a hallway that honors police officers who have given their lives protecting and serving Syracuse. The Hall of Honor was the idea of a recently-retired Sgt. John Savage. He said he hopes that young recruits and old retirees can take some time to walk through the history and tradition of the department.

Syracuse Police Searching for Missing Syracuse Man

Apr 12, 2016
Syracuse Police Department

  Syracuse Police are asking the public's help in search of a man who's been missing for nearly two weeks. 53-year-old Norman Mattice has not been seen since April 1, 2016.  He was last seen walking northbound away from the Catholic Charities Shelter on 1074 S. Clinton St. wearing a red jacket.  Mattice has been a resident of the emergency shelter since late December.

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