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Jun
11

Buffalo police didn’t participate in dive training

Eight months after Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner drowned in the Niagara River’s fast currents, divers from several local law enforcement agencies participated in a three-day swift water dive training in Amherst and Tonawanda. Officers from the Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team did not participate, however. A department spokesperson did not respond to calls and a […]

May
01

Safety practices ignored in Lehner’s drowning

If training practices elsewhere are any indicator, the Buffalo Police Department had no business sending Officer Craig Lehner into the rapid currents of the Niagara River last October. Depending on the agency, trainees for swift water diving elsewhere typically start out in water moving somewhere between 1 and 4 knots, or under 5 miles per […]

Mar
27

Progress on Buffalo police accreditation

 The Buffalo Police Department is getting closer to obtaining professional accreditation from the state, according to police representatives who spoke Tuesday at the Common Council’s Police Oversight Committee.   As Investigative Post reported last year, the City Charter requires the police to maintain professional accreditation, a good housekeeping stamp of approval that ensures departments […]

Mar
22

No job search for Buffalo police commissioner

 Mayor Byron Brown didn’t search for job applicants or interview any candidates other than Byron Lockwood before he nominated him to succeed Daniel Derenda as police commissioner in February. Selecting a police commissioner without conducting a job search is not standard practice for large municipalities. Other cities take their candidate hunts national by posting […]

Mar
14

Porat discusses police drowning on Press Pass

Daniela Porat walks Jay Moran of WBFO through her reporting on her recent story about the drowning death of Officer Craig Lehner while on a training dive with the Buffalo Police Department’s Underwater Recovery Team.

Feb
13

Training, equipment deficient in police drowning

The rapid-moving and debris-filled water of the Niagara River was unfamiliar territory to Officer Craig Lehner. His previous dives were in relatively calm and contained waters like the Buffalo River and the clear, warm Caribbean where he got his scuba certification. Last October, Lehner was training with the Buffalo Police’s Underwater Recovery Team in the […]

Feb
09

Buffalo police disbanding troubled Strike Force

 The Buffalo Police Department is disbanding a special unit that ostensibly targets gang, guns and drug activity in the face of criticism over what some regard as its heavy-handed tactics. Police officials confirmed the 19 officers and supervisors in the unit, known as Strike Force, will be reassigned effective March 12. The fate of […]

Feb
02

Buffalo police cleared in fatal shooting

Daniela Porat provided analysis for WGRZ on a report released Thursday by the state attorney general on the fatal shooting of Jose Hernandez-Rossy by Buffalo police last May. The report concluded that police had legal justification to use deadly force as Hernandez-Rossy fled police because they believed – mistakenly – that he had a gun […]