Fourteen police recruits who completed police training through a city scholarship program that seeks to further diversify the Buffalo Police Department received their police badges Monday and will now begin three months of field training.
"It’s a unique, first-in-the-nation police scholarship program designed to recruit the diverse police department of the future that mirrors the diversity of our city,” Mayor Byron W. Brown said of BPD21c (Buffalo Police Department 21st Century).
There were seven individuals of color and seven white recruits receiving their badges at the "pinning ceremony" in Buffalo Police Headquarters. The city provided them with scholarships to the Erie County Central Police Services Training Academy's basic police course, which they successfully completed.
But unlike traditional recruits, the scholarship recipients did not receive a salary from the city during their six months at the academy, resulting in a $300,000 savings, the mayor said, noting that their commitment demonstrated willingness and dedication in wanting to serve the public.
Receiving badges were Ronald Ammerman, Jermaine Barker, Cameron Boice, Terrell Bolden, Christopher Bridgett, Jordan Burke, Hector Coco, Peter Goretti, Felisha Kenyon, Stephen Lesniak, Raul Nunez, Allysa Taborn, Vincent Workman and Nicholas Yant. Also, Kyle Moriarity, who paid his own tuition to the academy, was issued a badge.
The mayor took a moment to recognize Ronald Ammerman, who follows in his father and grandfather's footsteps as a city officer.
Pinning Ronald J. Ammerman's badge to his uniform was his dad, Ronald T. Ammerman, who is retired. The newest Ammerman to serve also has an uncle on the force, Capt. Randall W. Ammerman. Robert J. Ammerman, the grandfather, is deceased.