Buffalo housing unit police officers served more than 1,200 Thanksgiving dinners to residents at the Kenfield-Langfield housing project at a gathering in the Martha Mitchell Community Center earlier this week.
The officers contributed several hundred dollars of their own money, purchased more than 30 turkeys and all of the trimmings, and -- on their own time -- cooked the food for the dinner, which sought to enhance relations with the citizens they protect.
According to city and police officials, the gesture hit the spot.
"This is the type of activity Buffalo police officers do and it often goes unnoticed," said Mayor Byron W. Brown, who was invited by the officers to attend the dinner and meet with residents.
Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said he also was impressed by the officers.
"It's great to see the care and respect they showed the community they serve," Derenda said. "There's a lot more to policing than just enforcing the law."
Also giving a hand at the meal were a number of police supervisors. Housing Unit and Strike Force Chief Aaron Young said he too was proud of the officers and cited one in particular --- Community Police Officer Craig Macy.
"He was the main organizer," Young said.