Chief Frank Fowler

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A class of 25 new Syracuse Police Officers was sworn in today.  Chief Frank Fowler got things started:

"Recruit class...are you ready?"  

"Yes, Sir!”   

  But Monday's ceremony was only the beginning for the cadets.  The Officers must endure 26 weeks of additional training. 

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Several members of various law enforcement  agencies gathered Thursday to announce the latest results of the multi-agency Syracuse Truce program.  Police Chief Frank Fowler set the tone:

"When I talk about the crime stats, I'm not going to talk about it from a perspective of joy because, in order for us to reach this point, and the reason why we're here, is because two young men lost their lives in the process."

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It’s probably happened to some of us – we’re focused on checking email or texting on the go that we might not be aware of our surroundings.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said smartphone robberies are becoming more of a problem because it can mean easy money. 

“People who are on their smartphones often are distracted,” he said, “you know, if they’re listening to music or something. People just knock them over, grab [the cell phone], and it’s too easy.”  

A rise in smartphone robberies is why Schneiderman and the San Francisco District Attorney began the “Secure Our Smartphones Coalition.” Unlike other cities, Syracuse is lucky and has yet to report any fatality due to cell phone robberies. However, Frank Fowler, Syracuse Police Chief, said phone thefts have risen in the past year. According to Fowler, they account for more than 1/3 of all robberies.

Robberies of any type of property places people in harm’s way. When we can discourage this type of robbery, we can have an opportunity to decrease our robberies by 35%, and that’s a great number.”    The "kill switches" would make the phones less appealing to thieves.  But Schneiderman says  there's also little incentive for manufacturers and even the service providers, who are not cooperating. 

Local Law Enforcement Join Campaign for Early Childhood Education Funding

Oct 24, 2013
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Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

Members of law enforcement in Central New York are supporting a Federally-funded early childhood education proposal they say would reduce the number of low-income youngsters who end up in jail.

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Syracuse Police Benevolent Association

Four teenagers were arrested this week in connection with the murder of Marvin Bryant. Bryant was robbed on Monday night on South Salina street and stabbed twice in the back. He was rushed to Upstate University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Syracuse Police Department Chief Frank Fowler says that evidence gathered from the scene suggests that Bryant was forcefully robbed of his wallet by Tony Comer 10 to 15 minutes prior to the stabbing.