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Buffalo Police facing shortage of patrol cars

August 23, 2019 09:06 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Buffalo Police Department is facing a shortage of working patrol cars.

The president of the Buffalo Police Union told the Investigative Post that the situation is "dire."

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This is causing another problem as working patrol cars are assigned based on seniority. This means younger officers are taking longer to get on-the-job experience.

The department's spokesman acknowledged the problem but says the situation is not dire.

"Are we at a point where I don't have enough cars in the district for officers to respond to 911 calls? No, we're not there. Do I think we're on the verge of being there? No," said Captain Jeff Rinaldo. "Are we limited in our resources? Are there times when we don't necessarily have enough cars to do everything that we'd like to do? Absolutely."

Eight new patrol cars that were ordered nearly a year ago are being deployed this week. This year's budget will allow for 14 more cars to be ordered this year.

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