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Community safety initiative underway in Bailey-Kensington

The Bailey-Kensington area and other crime “hot spots” are getting additional Buffalo police patrols and street cameras to monitor crime, Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said.

During a meeting this week in Westminster Community Charter School on Westminster Avenue near Bailey Avenue, about 160 city residents were presented copies of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood’s “community safety report” outlining problem sections of the city and efforts to make neighborhoods safer for families.

David Chamberlain, CEO of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, said the effort “is only possible through community engagement at every level and robust partnerships with a diverse group of stakeholders, including the City of Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department, the University at Buffalo and the Buffalo Urban League.”

Derenda said police have “already hit the area” with additional patrols. He said he could not release details about the stepped-up measures “because doing that would give information to the criminal element.”

Chamberlain and Caitlin Wolf, communications director of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, which has a staff of 20 working out of offices at 455 Main St., said their organization has provided a full-time caseworker operating out of the Buffalo Community Health Center on Benwood Avenue to help residents with employment transition issues and questions about education, family preservation, housing and community development services.

The organization also has an ongoing research partnership with UB’s Regional Institute to closely examine people who become “drivers of crime in the neighborhood” and to develop data-driven solutions to neighborhood problems.