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As Buffalo Police Lt. Paul K. Mullen was sworn in to his newly promoted rank of captain, his father pinned onto his chest the captain’s badge worn by the 20-year departmental veteran’s late uncle, former Buffalo Deputy Police Commissioner William J. “Bill” Mullen Jr.

The badge passing took place Monday in ceremonies in the Buffalo Police Academy at Police Headquarters on Franklin Street.

Mullen, 43, is one of 15 newly promoted Buffalo officers in the ranks of inspector, lieutenant and detective, along with new Deputy Police Commissioner Kimberly L. Beaty.

William Mullen, a native of Buffalo’s Old first Ward, died July 11, 2012, at age 68. He had a 34-year police career that saw him promoted from a patrol officer walking the beat on Seneca Street to lieutenant, assistant chief of detectives and than as captain in command of the South Park Station before his appointment as a deputy commissioner.

Police officials noted that before Mullen retired in 1999 he also served as chief of detectives and in his last years on the force was the inspector in charge of the department’s South District.

Police officials said the late deputy commissioner was very proud of having been a founder of South Buffalo’s First Class Fishing Club and being a loyal member of Monsignor Nash Council 3875, Knights of Columbus.

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