Syracuse Police Department

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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LAW ENFORCEMENT
11:09 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Syracuse Police Graduates Five Canines and Their Handlers

New Binghamton K9 officer Douglas Chavez with his partner Dona at the Inner Harbor Friday.
Credit John Smith / WAER News

Five police canines and their handlers are ready to hit the streets in their respective communities after graduating Friday from the Syracuse Police Department’s Canine Academy. 

 A ceremony was held  at the Inner Harbor.  SPD Sergeant Tim Stepian has been a K9 handler himself for 24 years and a trainer for 16. 

  Chavez and other officers from Johnson City, Ithaca, and the Troy Police Departments as well as Delaware County Sheriffs spent nine weeks getting to know their dogs and how to give commands.  

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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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Pre-school Funding
6:51 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Local Law Enforcement Join Campaign for Early Childhood Education Funding

Officials at the Thursday press conference
Credit 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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