Syracuse Police Chief Answers Residents Questions

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Syracuse Residents Call for Change in Police Department at Forum

By Briana Smith Syracuse

Syracuse residents continue to express their concerns to the police chief, pushing for some change. The Syracuse Housing Authority held a meet and greet with Chief Kenton Buckner on Wednesday.

Residents had a long list of issues with the police department, which include crime prevention, better community policing, and improving the recruitment process.

"If you have people within the system picking and choosing who can be part of the system, that kind of is already biased as it is," said Curtis Chaplin, a Syracuse resident. "So, an unbiased approach to the recruitment process would help us a lot."

"I understand that our recruitment process has opportunities for improvement," said Buckner. "It's my job to evaluate that process from top to bottom to make sure it's reflective of the 21st century."

Buckner says there are about 40 vacancies in the department that he's trying to fill. There's another public meeting at the Magnarelli Community Center at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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