© 2024 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Donate Today Banner

Buffalo police "injured on duty" numbers down significantly

The number of Buffalo police officers who are off work because they were injured on duty has dropped drastically.

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says there are now just 19 members of the city police department who are home recovering from on-the-job injuries.  That's down from a high of 116 three years ago.  Derenda says the department has been pro-active in making sure those who suffer on the job injuries are returned to duty as soon as possible.

"We've put a system in place where they have to see a doctor to get the medical treatment they need -- MRIs -- whatever they need immediately to get back on the streets," Derenda said.

Another factor for the lower number, Derenda says, was the recent federal prosecution of former lieutenant Patrick O'Mara, who pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge last month for abusing the department's sick leave system.  He says that could be a deterrent for others. 

Derenda says having a net of 100 more officers on the streets reduces the amount of money the department must spend on overtime.