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I would like to know who is responsible for the decline in Buffalo's crime rate. If crime were on the increase, it is a safe wager that people would identify the police commissioner as a primary suspect. I'm sure the media would be asking questions with indignant inferences. Yet when crime decreases, not a word is said.

We should be proud to have a commissioner of the caliber of R. Gil Kerlikowske leading our law-enforcement effort. He is a fine man of high integrity and a skillful communicator. I am not suggesting that he is the sole reason for the decline of serious crime. However, his administrative skills and his ability to identify and empower quality people have resulted in a team effort that replicates his progressive programs.

It is unfortunate that talented professionals only receive the recognition they deserve after they move on. When Kerlikowske leaves, it will be Buffalo's loss but another city's great gain.

Robert J. Terragnoli Amherst

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