Syracuse Police Department

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Can your smart phone make you safer in the City of Syracuse?  Mayor Ben Walsh joined members of the Syracuse Police Department to roll out new technology to help reduce crime and improve community relations. You might have a phone app to find your way around or get a ride, maybe check the weather or play a game. Deputy Chief Joe Cecile wants you to get another app for community benefit.

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Members of the Syracuse Police Department responded to a different kind of call over the past two months.  They were up to the challenge…in exchange for wearing pink badges, growing beards, and painting their fingernails. 

Sergeant Colin Hillman says there was a certain feeling of freedom when male officers didn’t have to shave and female officers could paint their nails blue.  Normally, both are prohibited.

"Telling the patrol cops they get to grow a beard for a month was great.  As far as bolstering morale, it was very popular."

Jason Chen

Dozens of people packed the Syracuse Police Department Monday morning to have a look at a hallway that honors police officers who have given their lives protecting and serving Syracuse. The Hall of Honor was the idea of a recently-retired Sgt. John Savage. He said he hopes that young recruits and old retirees can take some time to walk through the history and tradition of the department.

Syracuse Police Searching for Missing Syracuse Man

Apr 12, 2016
Syracuse Police Department

  Syracuse Police are asking the public's help in search of a man who's been missing for nearly two weeks. 53-year-old Norman Mattice has not been seen since April 1, 2016.  He was last seen walking northbound away from the Catholic Charities Shelter on 1074 S. Clinton St. wearing a red jacket.  Mattice has been a resident of the emergency shelter since late December.

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The Syracuse Police Department is about to order 45 new police vehicles to upgrade its aging and run-down fleet.  Common councilors unanimously approved the $1.6 million in spending, but not without some discussion about the number of cars that go home with officers on a routine basis.  

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The Syracuse Police Department receives one of its most diverse groups of incoming officers. 

Matti Blume

Some Syracuse Common Councilors are questioning what appears to be a trend by the police department to add military hardware to its SWAT team.  The Council voted 6 to 1 this week to accept a $100,000 federal homeland security grant to outfit its 9-ton Bearcat armored vehicle with night vision, ballistic protection search mirrors, a pole camera, tubular assault equipment, among other items.   Jean Kessner cast the lone "no" vote.  She says using military tools and tactics on domestic problems is the wrong approach. 

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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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.  

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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