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Buffalo's police commissioner stepping down

Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood in uniform with the American flag and Buffalo Police Department shields behind him

Buffalo's police commissioner is stepping down.

The Buffalo News reported that Commissioner Byron Lockwood announced at a police function Friday that he will depart at the end of February. BPD Spokesman Mike DeGeorge confirmed to WBFO that Lockwood in retiring.

Lockwood has been with the department, the largest in upstate New York, for 38 years. He was the deputy commissioner in 2018 when Mayor Byron Brown picked him to replace Daniel Derenda, who had resigned.

As commissioner, Lockwood oversaw the police department's implementation of body-worn cameras and its accreditation through a state program that sets uniform standards for law enforcement.

It wasn't immediately known who would replace Lockwood.

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