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Buffalo police intelligence unit under investigation by FBI, internal affairs

The FBI and the Buffalo Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division are investigating a police intelligence unit, city police officials confirmed Tuesday.

FBI agents last week removed documents and other items from the unit at Buffalo Police Headquarters, although details of the investigation have not been released.

The unit investigates gang activity and shootings often associated with those criminal organizations. Illegal drug activity also sometimes enters into the investigations. The unit, which develops leads, works with other detective units in the department and outside law enforcement agencies.

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda declined to discuss the investigation.

“We work closely with our federal partners on many cases including internal cases, none of which can be discussed at this time,” he said.

If wrongdoing is uncovered, corrective actions will be taken, police officials said.