In the midst of an investigation by the Attorney General's Office, the Buffalo Police Strike force is being disbanded.
The fifteen members of the division will be reallocated to the traffic division and be put to work throughout the city.
Lieutenant Jeff Rinaldo did not comment on whether the move is related to the Attorney General's investigation but said the change is tied to ongoing changes under new Commissioner Byron Lockwood.
"When there’s a new commissioner new priorities are set in place,” said Rinaldo. “Commissioner Lockwood has decided to make a few changes to begin with, and one of them was to reallocate manpower to the traffic division to enhance their mission and their abilities."
They hope this move will alleviate overtime concerns within the traffic division and allow them to engage more with the community in their day-to-day roles.
According to Rinaldo, police checkpoints throughout the city are expected to continue.