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As 2021 draws to a close, we’re taking a closer look at crime in Buffalo. What are the police facing and what are the strategies for bringing about change in the future?

BUFFALO, NY – Crime, whether it’s burglary or homicide, is something every police department looks at. Buffalo has seen its ups and downs.

Between 2016 and 2019, shootings declined in the city of Buffalo. In 2020, there were 292 shootings. As of December 29, 2021, they were 295.

The numbers tell a story, and bail reform is something the police are fighting against. According to the deputy commissioner of the bison police, many shooting victims are people released on bail for firearms and re-arrested as armed defendants.

Joseph Gramaglia said: “New York is the last state in the nation where the dangerousness of the accused cannot be taken as bail.”

“The problem that we are seeing over the last couple of years is a very high number of gunshot victims who are either on parole or probation, or already convicted felons. We are also seeing quite a number of people shooting at gunshots. victims who are released on gun bail, and we re-arrest gun accused who have gun cases pending or who may be on parole, and that’s a problem. “

The deputy commissioner said that “the focus will be on community resources, community services. We can’t do it alone, it’s a community issue. We are part of the community and we have to do it together.” .

Another concern relates to phantom weapons.

“Ghost guns are a big problem in our community and across the country,” Gramaglia said.

“SSomeone can legally buy the top part of a gun, like a handgun, the slide in the barrel, they can buy it legally without a license or background check, and a company will sell a cast bottom part, which is the trigger of the handle. “

Buffalo Police have made more than 60 ghost gun arrests this year, up from five last year.

Current Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood has announced he will step down in February.