Programs & Services
The Buffalo Police Department participates in a number of special programs and services. Click on one of the programs or services listed below to learn more about the program and the participation of the Buffalo Police Department.
Join us for the City of Buffalo’s 9th Annual Night to Unite Event on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Click here to view a 2017 Block Party Information Guide, and fill out the form below to register your Neighborhood Block Party. The Community Event will take place starting at 6:00pm and go until 8:00pm. This year’s event will again be held in the parking lot between the Buffalo Police Department and the City Center. Please register by July 26 to ensure an officer will stop at your party.
As public concern about drinking & driving and underage consumption of alcohol as increased over the years, so has the focus on how to combat this issue. More emphasis has been, and is being placed on ensuring that those individuals who are purchasing alcohol are of legal drinking age. As a result, Cities across the State of Minnesota are conducting random checks in bars and liquor stores to make sure that clerks are asking for identification when it is appropriate to do so. In fact, this issue has become so important, many feel that the legislature will soon require that these random checks be done on an annual basis. To ensure that we are doing our part at the Buffalo Police Department, we have voluntarily begun to conduct alcohol compliance checks at our local establishments. We are hopeful that these checks will lead to a reduction in underage consumption of alcohol and of underage drinking & driving.
In an effort to reduce bicycle theft and return stolen bicycles to their rightful owners, the Buffalo Police Department implemented this registration program. Click here to register your bicycle today!
Beyond Waste Drug Drop Program
The Buffalo Police Department, in partnership with Wright County Environmental Services, is piloting an ongoing Drug Drop Program for all of Wright County to provide a secure and environmentally sound method of medication disposal. In order to provide an alternative to tossing or flushing unwanted drugs, and allowing the possibility of them getting into the hands of children, please stop by the Police Department to dispose of your personal items safely and securely. The Drop-Off Depository is located in the lobby of the Police Building. It is accessible during regular business hours. Leave the items in the original containers. If you wish, mark out any personal information on the containers, but please leave the name of the drug on the bottle. All drop offs are anonymous and confidential. NO QUESTIONS ASKED-JUST STOP AND DROP- Items Not Accepted:
- Bloody or infectious waste
- Personal care products
- Empty containers
- Business waste
- Unused medications
- Outdated medications
- Any Illegal drugs or narcotics
- Veterinary medications
- Medical ointments & lotions
- Liquid medication in glass or leak-proof containers
- Household & personal medications only
For more information on household hazardous wastes and collection programs, contact our County Solid Waste Office. Solid Waste Administrator, Bill Stephens at 763/ 682-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Other resources: US Geological Survey research on the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment. US Environmental Protection Agency provides information on the potential environmental impacts of pharmaceuticals. Lets work together to keep our community safe and clean. Your community thanks you!
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes. While you can’t entirely control whether you will become a victim, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk. The Federal Trade Commission has established a website dedicated to the issue of Identity Theft. Excerpts from that website have been included here. The links in this section will take you to the full website, which contains detailed information regarding Identity Theft. You can also visit http://financialinfo.org/index.html, which also contains detailed information on how to prevent and respond to Identity Theft. If you have any questions or feel that you have been the victim of Identity Theft, please be sure to call the Buffalo Police Department at (763) 682-5976 to make a report. If you think your identity has been stolen, here’s what to do:
- Contact the fraud departments of any one of consumer reporting companies to place a fraud alert on your credit report. The fraud alert tells creditors to contact you before opening any new accounts or making any changes to your existing accounts. You only need to contact one of the three companies to place an alert. The company you call is required to contact the other two, which will place an alert on their versions of your report, too. Once you place the fraud alert in your file, you’re entitled to order free copies of your credit reports, and, if you ask, only the last four digits of your Social Security number will appear on your credit reports.
- Close the accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Use the ID Theft Affidavit (PDF, 56 KB) when disputing new unauthorized accounts.
- File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place. Get a copy of the report or at the very least, the number of the report, to submit to your creditors and others that may require proof of the crime.
- File your complaint with the FTC. The FTC maintains a database of identity theft cases used by law enforcement agencies for investigations. Filing a complaint also helps us learn more about identity theft and the problems victims are having so that we can better assist you.
For more in-depth information on recovering from identity theft and help with specific problems, read Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft.
The Buffalo Police Department Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a partnership between rental property owners, managers, tenants and the Police Department. The purpose is to provide a safer living environment, and reduce crime and nuisance problems on rental properties.
The Multi-Housing City Ordinance, Section 10.11 requires that all four-plexes or larger are required to register the property as a Multi-Housing Unit with the Police Department. Owners of rental properties that do not fall under this requirement are encouraged to register their property as well.
The Police Department assists rental property owners and managers of multi-housing units within the city in developing, implementing and enforcing all laws, statutes and city ordinance as it relates to multi-housing. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has been a huge success in the City of Buffalo because of the partnership of all involved.
For more than 30 years, law enforcement and members of the community have been working together to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. Our community’s citizens are being empowered and mobilized as we participate in proactive partnerships with other law enforcement agencies such as the Sheriff’s Association, USA On Watch Organization, Safe Communities, and the US Department of Justice. Click on the logo’s to the left to visit their websites. Neighborhood watch programs offer many community benefits including, greater sense of security, responsibility, and personal control for community members. Neighborhood watch groups build community pride, unity, and prepare us for helping ourselves and others in the community. The community group is made up of volunteers from neighborhoods throughout Buffalo. Whether you are a member, a Block Captain, or the Area Coordinator, an important role is waiting. For additional information, please refer to the FAQ’s below and contact Officer Erickson at 763-682-5976 with any questions or for additional information.
Frequently Asked Questions about Neighborhood Watch
What are the benefits of Neighborhood Watch?
- Provide a greater sense of security, responsibility, and personal control.
- Builds community pride.
- Prepares us all for helping others.
What do Neighborhood Watch groups do?
- Promote unity.
- Train members
- Make a difference.
What activities so the NW groups organize?
- Expanding partnerships.
- Address neighborhood disorder
- Reduce crime
- Improve the quality of life.
What is a Block Captain responsible for?
- Serves as the spokesperson for the group.
- Organizes meetings and maintains list of participants.
- Recruits new members and partners.
- Distributes materials and designates work assignments
- Liaison between law enforcement and the group.
What are members responsible for?
- Actively participate in the group.
- Create excitement and recruit new members
- Stay informed and inform others
- Report to law enforcement.
Public Parking & Restrictions
Often, questions are asked of us what the parking rules are throughout the city. Below is a quick look at some answers for frequent questions. For complete accuracy and definition, please inquire of the City Ordinance, Chapter 9 by clicking here or inquire at the City Administrative Offices
General Parking. It is unlawful to have a vehicle parked on any street or municipal parking lot for a continuous period in excess of twenty-four (24) hours. (Some areas are posted with shorter time limits). Sec.9.09 Parking Hours. Subd.1.
Winter Parking. No on-street parking is allowed from November 1 to April 1 after 2:00 am following any snowfall, until the street has been plowed curb to curb. In addition, no parking is allowed on any City Street during any time when a Snow Emergency has been declared. Section 9.10.Snow Removal. Subd. 1.
Vehicles Repair on Streets and City Owned Parking lots. It is unlawful for any person to service, repair, assemble or dismantle any vehicle parked upon a street or City-owned parking lot, or attempt to do so, except to service such vehicle with gasoline or oil or to provide emergency repairs thereon, but in no event for more than twenty-four (24) hours. Section 9.16.Vehicle Repair on Streets and City-Owned Parking Lots.
City of Buffalo Municipal Lots Location, Maximum space, Availability Map
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In addition to our regular compliment of licensed Peace Officers, the Buffalo Police Department also utilizes a volunteer Police Reserve Unit of twelve Officers. These Reserve Officers assist the Buffalo Police Department and the City of Buffalo by participating in a number of programs and services. Check out the list of events the Buffalo Police Reserve Unit participated in during the year 2014.
- Buffalo Days Parade
- Classics Car Show
- Demolition Derby
- Fire Department Open House
- Football Games
- Holiday Business Patrol
- Office Staffing Assistance
- Squad Car Displays
- Traffic Surveys
- Bicycle Safety Program
- Buffalo Police Department Tours
- City Clean-Up Days
- Family Fun Fairs
- Fireworks Display
- Halloween Patrol
- Holiday Train
- Buffalo Rodeo
- Concerts in the Park
- Fly In Breakfast
- High School Graduation
- Night to Unite
- Special Olympics Torch Run
- Wedding dances
Since 1987 when the Buffalo Police Reserve Program was initially established, thousands of hours of community service have been provided on a voluntary basis by very dedicated Reserve Officers. The Buffalo Police Reserve Unit is a vital part of the police services that we are able to offer to the community. Reserve Officers are required to attend a monthly meeting for 1-2 hours, and an additional commitment of several hous per month is also required, depending on planned events. If you have a desire to help the community as a part of this program, click on the Opportunities link here to learn more about what you need to do to apply.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Police Officer, or what the Police Officers for the City of Buffalo do all day? Many people have had these same questions from time to time, and they have been answered through the Buffalo Police Department Ride Along Program.
This program affords private citizens an opportunity to get a close-up view of the inner workings of the Buffalo Police Department, and is designed to answer many of the questions people have such as the one posed above. Individuals who wish to learn more about the police department and our operations can submit a request to ride along with an officer for a portion of the officer’s shift.
Because of data privacy rules, confidentiality issues, and operational security issues, all applicants must complete a background check prior to being approved for a ride along. While we do approve juvenile’s requests for a ride along, these requests must be signed by a suitable parent or guardian. In addition, requests for a ride along are subject to officer availability.
How do you get started? If you would like to request a ride along, you will need to complete a ride along form and submit it for approval. The form must be turned in personally by the requesting adult, or the parent/guardian of the juvenile who is making the request. You can download a copy of this form by clicking on this LINK, or you can obtain a copy from our office during regular business hours.
Nearly 20 years ago, Wright County Court Services Director Mike MacMillan and Buffalo High School Principal Nick Miller partnered to communicate about the well being of the students in the Buffalo School District. As the years passed, their initial partnership grew into a group that now includes multiple County, State, and City Representatives, including the Buffalo Police Department. Now known as the Safe Schools Committee, approximately 30 members meet once a month to discuss safety issues that involve students in District 877. Everything from attendance, to how many students in the district are on probation, to traffic flow, to bus rules, are discussed at the meetings. Students from Buffalo High School are also included in this committee to provide input and to obtain their perspective on issues. Safe Schools continues to be an integral part of the communication and planning process concerning safety decisions regarding the students in District 877. The Buffalo Police Department is proud to be a part of that process.
School Resource Officers (S.R.O.) or Liaison Officers have been around since the late 1950’s. Appearing first in Flint, Michigan. By the 1970’s, S.R.O.’s were recognized nationally and could be found in states such as, Arizona, California, and Florida. S.R.O.’s are based on a triad concept. At the top you would find a law enforcement officer. First and foremost the officer in the school is a police officer and it is their duty to assist with the prevention and investigation of criminal activity that occurs on or near school campus. The bottom two corners of this concept are made up of a teacher and a counselor. The teacher role is someone that goes into a classroom or speaks with students, staff, or parents on an individual basis. Topics could be about drugs, criminal activity, laws, or legal questions. The counselor part of the position allows the officer to be a resource to the school community. You may be asking yourself, “Do we need a School Resource Officer in the Buffalo Schools?” The answer may be in how you view a police officer or more specifically an SRO. The Buffalo Schools are safe, and that is one reason we have an SRO, to help maintain a safe school. But also keep in mind besides the safety factor; there are other reasons for an SRO to be in a school. As a resource and an educator as mentioned before. SRO’s are another person to assist in the development of our young people. It is important to remember that an SRO can be a preventative tool not only benefits the school, but also the community as a whole. In September of 2014 Officer Dustyn Bruch took the position of School Resource Officer at the Buffalo High School. He is also a liaison for the Phoenix Learning Center. In addition to our SRO at the High School, we also have Officer Mark Brown at the Buffalo Middle School. He is also a liaison for Cornerstones, Wright Learning Center, and Wright Technical Center. Both SROs provide educational presentations to the elementary schools in Buffalo as well. The Buffalo SROs office in the schools and their duties are full-time at the school during the school year. During the summer months the officer will return to patrol duties at the police department.
As public concern about teenage use of tobacco has increased over the years, so has the focus on how to combat this issue. More emphasis has been, and is being placed on ensuring that those individuals who are purchasing and consuming tobacco are of legal age.
As a result, the State of Minnesota passed legislation requiring tobacco compliance checks at each point of sale location within each community. It is the responsibility of each individual community or appropriate Sheriff’s Department to conduct these checks.
The Buffalo Police Department has been conducting these compliance checks at our local establishments for several years. While there have been some instances where violations have occurred, the number of violations has been decreasing and understanding of the problem has increased.