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Letter: With Strike Force gone, violence will escalate

Strike Force served the citizens of Buffalo with professionalism and determination.

Statistically, the unit took hundreds of guns off the streets, made hundreds of arrests, and never had to use deadly force. This last statistic is most important considering those who were arrested and the fact so many were armed. We responded to every shooting and gun call. The presence of Strike Force cars in a neighborhood sent gangs scattering and text messages across the city. Foot chases and physical confrontations were daily occurrences. Thankfully, the final radio transmission usually ended with “one in custody…gun recovered.”

Politics ended the unit. Some couldn’t accept the fact that we were primarily responding to violence on the Easts Side. This same violence escalates each and every summer. Buffalo will have more guns and criminals on the streets this year because there is no Strike Force.

David Wilcox

Lieutenant/Strike Force



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