Syracuse Police

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Syracuse Police are trying to piece together what led to multiple shots being fired Sunday night at a large party that claimed the life of a 41-year-old man on the city’s near west side.  An officer also fired her weapon during the melee.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says police had an idea there could be a problem at an annual father’s day gathering near Skiddy Park.

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The administrator of board tasked with investigating allegations of police misconduct is stepping down Friday to take a related position in New York City.  WAER News caught up with Joe Lipari, who came to Syracuse in 2012 when the Citizen Review Board was trying to regain its footing after years of obscurity and inactivity.

GETTING STARTED

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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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  The search for the 21-month old girl reported missing Sunday ended in tragic fashion when the body was found Tuesday in the Inner Harbor.  Details are starting to tell the story of an abduction and alleged murder.

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  As many as 1000 northside residents are expected to turn out for next week’s family Christmas party put on by the Butternut Community Police center.  The success of 7th annual gathering illustrates just how much of a positive impact the center has on the lives of children in that neighborhood.

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Onondaga County and State law enforcement agencies are hoping a new tip line in the form of an app will provide them with more information from the public to solve serious crimes or report suspicious activity. The app is called Tip 411. Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says the system is already in operation in about 100 areas statewide. Now people have to be empowered to use it.

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Hundreds of residents joined lines and lines of police officers Friday to remember an officer lost in the line of duty 25 years ago.  To the law enforcement community, the death of Wallie Howard Junior is a rallying cry. 

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At 3 a.m. on Easter Sunday in 2000, Waliek Hamer was shot down at Grandma’s Burgers on South Salina Street. For 15 years, his killer went uncharged. On Thursday, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick announced that they finally have the ballistic evidence to place the murder weapon in the suspect’s hand.

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The results are in from a joint, four-month effort to combat gang violence in Syracuse.   Police Chief Frank Fowler says  the 248 arrests made during “Operation:  Salt City” from May to September included 124 gang members.   He says they couldn’t have had that success without the help of the U.S. Marshal Service.

"It's not only important that we have a group like this, but it's important that we sustain a group like this.  All urban police departments throughout the country are facing a manpower shortage like this.  The City of Syracuse is no different."

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A group of Syracuse pastors and ministers are partnering with the police department to open a dialogue about any questions concerning police conduct. They say they're hoping to avoid the disconnect that led to the deadly encounters with police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. Pastor Daren Jaime of People's AME Zion Church hopes monthly meetings at churches across the community will clear up and confusion about the law.

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