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Kenmore Village Board approves changes in police force

The Kenmore Village Board on Tuesday approved an agreement with the Police Benevolent Association to eliminate the position of assistant police chief and add a second captain’s position to the force.

Mayor Patrick Mang said it was essentially an amendment of the village’s current agreement with the police union, allowing for a reorganization of the chain of command in the Police Department. With the elimination of the assistant chief’s position, two captains will serve under Chief Peter Breitnauer.

The current contract between the village and the PBA covers four police lieutenants, three detectives and 13 patrol officers.

Mang said the department received 13,362 requests for service last year. There were 1,989 police reports filed, including arrests, investigations and informational inquiries; and 169 domestic incident reports.

Among enforcement activity in the village last year, Mang said there were 67 felony arrests, 169 violation arrests and 339 misdemeanor arrests.

There were 4,399 vehicle and traffic summonses issued by the department in 2012.

The board also approved an intermunicipal agreement with the Town of Tonawanda and West Seneca to pick up and house lost, stray or abandoned dogs in the village.

Under the agreement, the Town of Tonawanda will pick up the animals and transport them to a facility in West Seneca, where the dogs will be housed.