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Buffalo Unveils New Police Initiative to Fight Crime

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The City of Buffalo has unveiled a new police initiative to begin a crack down on crime. It is based on the success of last year's Operation Strike Force.

Mayor Byron Brown, along with top leaders from the Buffalo Police Department, announced the formation of the Mobile Response Unit. The program is designed after Operation Strike Force. It was implemented for 100-days last year targeting quality of life crimes and violent criminal activity, like illegal guns.

But Mayor Brown says the crime program has been stepped up and now becomes permanent. City leaders would not say what areas will be targeted. But a list of so called hotspots will be developed. 24 city cops will make up the force, that includes four lieutenants and two police detectives. The Mayor says the safety and protection of residents is a top priority.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on how city leaders believe this will unit will put a dent in some of Buffalo's most serious crimes. Click the "listen" icon above to hear Eileen's story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.