Three Cheektowaga neighborhoods will be seeing a lot more of town police, who are participating in a foot patrol program that begins Friday and runs through Oct. 31.
Officers on the day and afternoon shifts will walk the beat in the Walden Avenue and Genesee Street areas along the City of Buffalo border, as well as the Cedargrove neighborhood.
Capt. James Speyer, a police department spokesman, said foot patrols serve many purposes: they increase the safety and security of the neighborhoods and reduce the fear of crime; improve contact between police and residents to better identify neighborhood problems and solutions; and enhance the department’s intelligence-gathering efforts. And, they help improve the quality of life.
This is the 20th season of police foot patrols, which are being funded this year with a $33,000 federal Community Development Block Grant.
“These patrols have always been well received in the neighborhoods,” said Capt. Michael Sliwinski. “They’ve worked well for us and for the community.”