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Mayor pleased with Strike Force progress

City of Buffalo

The city's new effort to crack down on crime is off to a solid start.  WBFO & AM-970's caught up with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown about the new police "Strike Force".

The mayor says he is pleased with the collaborative effort that has created a new crime fighting tool.  Buffalo Police are now teaming with 40 members of the Erie County Sheriff's Department and New York State Troopers. 

"Strike Force is going extremely well.  It's been in operation for a little over a week now," Brown said.

In recent weeks, there has been an upswing in fatal shootings, including last month's shooting in Martin Luther King Park.  The Strike Force is designed to prevent to that type of violent crime.

"The frightning thing about them is when people target people, they don't care who is around them," said Mayor Bronw.  People are going after people and it is our job to send the message that that won't be tolerated."

Police have received several leads, but continue to search for a suspect in the MLK Park shooting.

The Strike Force specifically targets high crime areas of the city.  

The Force includes checkpoints on the city's East Side and road blocks, which will be set up without any warning in various city neighborhoods.