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Niagara Falls Police launch targeted hot-spot enforcement


Mon, Apr 11th 2022 01:30 pm

Dozens charged with misdemeanors, felonies

On Friday, April 8, the Niagara Falls Police Department executed an eight-hour targeted hot spot enforcement detail with the assistance of numerous local and federal law enforcement partners.

Mayor Robert Restaino’s office said, “This operation stemmed from a continuing collaborative effort connected to the Gun Involved Violence Enforcement (GIVE) initiative. The goal of this focused deterrence detail was to identify, locate and arrest individuals involved in gun violence. Police agencies were provided intelligence, maps and specific information on individuals and areas with a known and documented history of drug and weapons activity.”

While information regarding all arrests made during the sweep is still outstanding, Niagara Falls Police announce the following statistics:

  • Traffic stops/citizen encounters – 127
  • Felony arrests – 11
  • Misdemeanor arrests – 20
  • Narcotics pending charges – 4
  • Traffic infractions – 115
  • Failure to appear warrants executed – 3
  • Gun arrests – 2

“I would like to thank our participating partners who assisted in this initiative,” Niagara Falls Police Superintendent John Faso said. “With their assistance, we were able to bring more than 80 law enforcement officers onto the streets of Niagara Falls to help tackle the gun and drug issues in our city. I commend the tireless work of all involved, and look forward to future similar collaborations.”

Restaino said, “Superintendent Faso’s dedication to our neighbors shines through this effort. Chief Faso’s leadership is a testament to our dedication to our community. I am proud of the work his officers do on a daily basis, and especially of the NFPD’s ability to collaborate with other agencies in order to make our neighborhoods safer.”

In addition to the Niagara Falls Police Department, also participating were the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, New York State Parks Police, North Tonawanda Police, Lewiston Police Department, Town of Niagara Police, Lockport Police, U.S. Border Patrol, FBI, New York State Parole and Niagara County Probation.

The Niagara Falls Police Department asks the community to remain vigilant and call the confidential tip line to make a report at 716-286-4591.

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