The City of Buffalo has made some strides in community policing, but there’s plenty more work to be done to improve police-community relations, according to a study by the Partnership for the Public Good.
The report – Collaboration, Communication and Community-Building: A New Model of Policing for 21st Century Buffalo – praises city leaders for certain initiatives like the collaboration with Buffalo Peacemakers, but it also offers more than 30 recommendations for local reforms. Instead of 11 officers being responsible for community policing, for instance, the report calls for all police officers to do a minimum amount of community policing each week, doing foot or bike patrols, attending community meetings, mentoring youth and otherwise engaging residents.
The study will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Monday at a community forum on policing in Buffalo at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. The forum – which is free and open to the public – will include a discussion of the report as well as ways to learn more about efforts to improve community-police.