BUFFALO, NY (MB) — Buffalo’s new police commissioner spoke with the neighborhood on Thursday in a city corridor occasion. Joseph Gramaglia addressed considerations from violence and psychological well being to littering and high quality of life.
In his opening remark, Commissioner Gramaglia mentioned Buffalo has a violence downside, and one solution to handle that concern is connecting with residents head-on to handle their considerations.
A number of considerations like violence, ghost weapons, psychological well being, littering and police coaching took middle stage at Frederick Legislation Olmsted College. He additionally outlined his priorities his, which embody cracking down on the rise of violent crime.
“We have now a criminal offense violence downside, a gun violence downside. We’re working very exhausting to deal with lowering that,” Commissioner Gramaglia added.
Residents from throughout the town introduced their questions ahead.
“My greatest concern could be can we adequately fund the coaching the police is requiring,” Ashley Brunner, a former member of the police advisory committee, mentioned.
Different considerations centered round how police dealt with “peaceable” protests, together with an incident with a person who was shoved throughout an indication.
“The police division isn’t para-military, however the notion is that you’re,” Joan Simpson continued.
A number of residents additionally requested questions on psychological and behavioral well being calls following an officer concerned taking pictures on Hertel Ave. final week.
“I’ve come tonight to ask if there’s an alternative choice to taking pictures individuals with psychological well being issues,” Howard Henry mentioned.
In response to questions on neighborhoods seeing a spike in crime, the Commissioner mentioned the town is being divided into smaller sub-sections with the intention to handle this downside. Additionally, 100 tasers had been put into use and officers are being skilled on them now.
Throughout this assembly, metropolis lawmakers addressed the adjustments within the police advisory board, which was lately disbanded. The Frequent Council voted to create a brand new Neighborhood Police Advisory Committee. Members of the council mentioned they’re actively recruiting individuals to take part they usually have prolonged the applying deadline. To use, go to their web site.
“As a result of we thought that was acceptable to ensure that anybody that is very being part of this may be part of it and that advisory board may be very crucial to police reform,” College District Council Member Rasheed NC Wyatt mentioned.
The assembly centered on a dedication to working along with the neighborhood, council and police. They hope to have extra conferences like this throughout the town to handle residents’ considerations. Even when somebody’s query was not answered Thursday evening, they may submit it through paper and the Commissioner promised he would reply.
“I am not going to have all the solutions, however we’re definitely going to hearken to the considerations. Councilmember Wyatt requested at my affirmation listening to if I might be open to a city corridor and to me, that’s a simple one. That is a part of the job,” Commissioner Gramaglia added.
Tara Lynch is a Buffalo native who joined the Minus Better staff as a reporter in 2022. She beforehand labored at WETM in Elmira, NY, a sister station of Minus Better. You possibly can comply with Tara on Fb and Twitter and discover extra of her work right here.