Syracuse Police

POLICE/COMMUNITY RELATIONS
5:13 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Syracuse Police Department Partners with Faith Community Regarding Conduct

Syracuse police department looking to avoid incidents like Ferguson
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

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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LABOR RELATIONS
11:25 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Syracuse Police Labor Agreement Ratified by Common Council

Syracuse’s 428 police officers are working under a new contract for the first time in more than three years.  Common councilors Monday gave their approval to the five year agreement retroactive to 2011.  Police Benevolent Association President Jeffrey Piedmonte says both city and union negotiators put a lot of work into the talks, which culminated in a agreement in mid-June.  He says health insurance was a key sticking point…the deal calls for officer contributions to more than double starting in September.

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6th Homicide in 2014
2:03 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Suspect in Stabbing Death Turns Himself In to Syracuse Police

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler announces to public suspect in Saturday stabbing death is in custody.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Syracuse Police have arrested a suspect in Saturday’s stabbing death in Solvay who they say turned himself in.  31-year-old Jerry Benton of 261 W. Ostrander Ave in Syracuse is accused of second-degree murder for killing 29-year-old Brian Sheppard.  Police have video surveillance and eye witnesses to help identify Benton as the suspect.  Fowler was grateful the public helped.

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WALLIE HOWARD JUNIOR CASE
2:03 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Syracuse Police Officer's Killer Eligible for Parole in 2020

Officer Wallie Howard, Junior.
Credit Syracuse Police website.

The man who fatally shot Syracuse Police Officer Wallie Howard, Junior in 1990 will be eligible for parole in six years after a ruling today by a Federal Judge in Utica to shorten his sentence to 31 years.  Robert Lawrence faced life in prison but, became eligible for re-sentencing in 2012 following a U-S Supreme Court ruling.

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STING OPERATION BY SYRACUSE POLICE AND OTHERS
3:30 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Seven Syracuse Corner Stores Raided for Willingness to Sell Purported Stolen Goods

Synthetic drug called "spike" discovered at one store and two registered hand guns.
Credit Syracuse Police / John Smith/WAER News

Nine people associated with seven corner stores in Syracuse are now in trouble after Syracuse Police uncovered they’re willing to buy purported stolen goods.  The sting operation involved a six month investigation as informants were sent into stores with products such as baby formula, razor blades, energy drinks and electronics.  Store clerks would buy the items, even though they were told the items were stolen.  A raid was carried out Thursday.  Police Chief Frank Fowler refers here to ”undercover informants” that helped to build a case against the stores.

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