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Letter: Police Department should comply with City Charter

Police Department should comply with City Charter

I was very shocked and discouraged to learn in Sam Magavern’s April 2 Another Voice, “Police relationship with residents can be improved” that the Buffalo Police Department has not complied with the City Charter requiring it to obtain independent accreditation from the national police organization charged with that important task “because it does not do performance evaluations of its officers.”

What possible justification could there be for not doing performance evaluations of officers; for not complying with the City Charter; and for Mayor Byron Brown not being aware of this and exercising his executive powers to order immediate compliance?

As Magavern points out, “Accreditation is important to make sure that basic good management practices are in place.” While obviously not a panacea or cure for all that ails the Buffalo Police Department, it would certainly provide internal performance structure for management to ensure that the citizens of Buffalo are getting the best value for their tax dollars from those who are sworn to protect and serve them.

George W. Collins Jr., Esq.


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