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Former FBI agent named head of Erie County Central Police Services

A longtime Federal Bureau of Investigation agent with top secret clearance has been tapped for the role of Erie County Commissioner of Central Police Services.

He’s handled everything from street gang investigations to law enforcement field training, according to his resume.

James A. Jancewicz has worked for the FBI since 1997 as a special agent, and crisis manager for the Bureau’s Buffalo Division. He also had prior experience as a special agent in the U.S. Customs Service, a department of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He holds certifications in crisis negotiations and SWAT.

“Central Police Services demands a Commissioner with a strong law enforcement background, an ability to work with others, and the acumen to handle a fast-paced work environment,” stated County Executive Mark Poloncarz, in naming his appointment Tuesday. “Jim brings all those traits and more to the job.”

Jancewicz’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the Erie County Legislature. If he is confirmed, he will begin work on November 7.

Lackawanna Police Chief James L. Michel Jr. had previously been named to the position, but Poloncarz withdrew his name in July after learning that Michel had been disciplined in 1999 for repeatedly using foul and “dirty” language toward a female dispatcher.

Jancewicz is expected to complete a master’s degree in human resources and police training in December from Seton Hall University and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and criminal justice.

He graduated from both the FBI Training Academy and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and was awarded the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation Service Award in 2011 as well as the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Criminal Investigation in 2001. He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Poloncarz said Jancewicz understands the current issues facing law enforcement.

“He has lengthy law enforcement experience, paired with the ability to build collaborative partnerships, and has demonstrated his organizational leadership at a high level,” he said.


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