New Police Academy Scholarship

New Police Academy Scholarship Program Designed to Revolutionize Community-Based Policing in Buffalo

Mayor Brown and Police Commissioner Derenda unveiled ‘Buffalo Police Department:  21st Century’ (BPD21) during a press conference at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Mayor Brown and Police Commissioner Derenda unveiled ‘Buffalo Police Department:  21st Century’ (BPD21) during a press conference at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

This week Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Dan Derenda unveiled the  “Buffalo Police Department:  21st Century” (BPD21C).  BPD21C is an innovative, first of its kind in the nation, police pre-employment scholarship program designed to provide scholarship opportunities for city residents who want to pursue a career in law enforcement.  Up to 50 successful City of Buffalo residents may receive full scholarships to the Erie County-Erie Community College Central Police Services Law Enforcement Training Academy for the spring semester, beginning on January 18, 2016. The goal, explained Mayor Brown and Commissioner Derenda, is to make the department more reflective of minorities, women and immigrants.

   APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for a BPD21C scholarship, City of Buffalo residents must complete and submit applications to the City’s Department of Human Resources by NOVEMBER 13, 2015.  There are NO FEES for application or participation in this program. Complete application packets will be available at City Hall, at each District Police Station, at recruiting events throughout the City, and via the City’s website (www.city-buffalo.com) by downloading and printing an application, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Human Resources Department. The WRITTEN ASSESSMENT will be administered on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015.

Qualifications for applicants include:

•City of Buffalo residency requirement / proof of U.S. Citizenship

•Valid and clean driver’s license

•Age requirement: applicants must be at least 19 years old on or before the date of the written assessment screening

*Applicants who will be 35 years old on or before june 18, 2016 are not qualified to particiate

•Criminal background check 

*Education (high school diploma / ged / equivalency) for more information, call the civil service office at:  851-9614

Mayor Brown and Commissioner Derenda were  joined by Erie Community College President Jack Quinn, members of the Buffalo Common Council,  local and state legislators, members of the Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York and other interfaith-based community leaders, Peacemakers, Buffalo Office of New Americans, Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Buffalo Employment and Training Center, National Federation for Just Communities, community-policing advocates and many other stakeholders, who were gathered at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where Rev. William  Gillison is Pastor.