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Twenty-nine of the 45 new police officers graduating today from the Law Enforcement Academy of Erie County Central Police Services are members of the Buffalo Police Department.

Buffalo Officer Thomas Whelan served as president and platoon leader of the academy's 91st Basic Police Officer Training Class, and Buffalo Officer Sean Buth served as vice president. Erie County Sheriff's Deputy John Payne was treasurer.

The graduating officers completed a 21-week course of specialized law enforcement education and training, earning certificates from the state and county.

Deputy County Executive James P. Keane, Buffalo Police Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, Sheriff Thomas F. Higgins and East Aurora Police Chief Bill Nye were to be among the dignitaries attending the ceremony.

In addition to the Buffalo officers, three graduates were from the sheriff's department, two from Lackawanna, four from Amherst, two from the Town of Hamburg, one from the Town of Tonawanda, two from West Seneca and two from the Village of Hamburg.

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