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Happy Thanksgiving from our CPD family to yours! We want to wish you a happy and safe holiday!
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from our CPD family to yours! We want to wish you a happy and safe holiday!

To all the Veterans we honor you and are forever grateful for your service. THANK YOU! 🇺🇸
11/11/2023

To all the Veterans we honor you and are forever grateful for your service. THANK YOU! 🇺🇸

11/09/2023

Nov 9, 2023
A message from Chief Brian Gould to the Cheektowaga Community.

This Monday, I advised the police department members and town officials of my intention to bid farewell to a chapter of my life that has been incredibly fulfilling and rewarding. It is with a mix of emotions that I announce my retirement from the esteemed position of Chief of Police in the Cheektowaga Police Department, effective November 30, 2023. For the past 23 years, it has been my honor and privilege to serve this community, and I am grateful for the trust and support I have received throughout my career. When I first joined the law enforcement profession, I never could have imagined the incredible journey that awaited me. From the very beginning, I was captivated by the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others, to protect and serve, and to uphold the principles of justice and fairness. These ideals have been the guiding force behind my every decision and action as a Police Officer, and I am proud of the progress we have made together. During my time as Chief, I have witnessed the unwavering dedication and commitment of the men and women who make up the Cheektowaga Police Department. Their tireless efforts, bravery, and selflessness have inspired me every day. Together, we have faced numerous challenges, but it is through our collective strength and unity that we have overcome them, ensuring the safety and well-being of the Cheektowaga community. I would be remiss if I did not express my deepest gratitude to the Cheektowaga community itself. Your unwavering support and trust in our department have been the cornerstone of our success. It is your willingness to work hand in hand with us, to communicate openly, and to foster a sense of partnership that has allowed us to build a safer and stronger community. I am immensely proud of the progress we have made together, and I have no doubt that this community will continue to thrive under the guidance of my successor.
To my colleagues and fellow law enforcement officers, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for your unwavering dedication and commitment to our profession. It has been an honor to lead such an exceptional group of individuals, and I am confident that you will continue to serve with the utmost integrity and professionalism. As I embark on this new chapter of my life, I do so with a sense of fulfillment and pride. The memories and experiences I have gained during my time as Chief of Police in the Cheektowaga Police Department will forever hold a special place in my heart. I am confident that the foundation we have built together will continue to thrive, and I am excited to witness the continued growth and progress of this community. Thank you once again for the honor of serving as your Chief of Police. It has been an incredible journey, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of it.
Thank you.

Chief Brian Gould

With the weather starting to get colder and the inevitable winter season approaching please take advantage of our FREE C...
11/08/2023

With the weather starting to get colder and the inevitable winter season approaching please take advantage of our FREE Citizen's Preparedness Event coming up on TWO different dates. You MUST register to attend one of the event so we have an accurate headcount on how many kits we need. Please follow the QR code to register.

We had a blast at this years Galleria of Treats 2023!  The indoor trick-or-treating event was fun for all and we met som...
10/31/2023

We had a blast at this years Galleria of Treats 2023! The indoor trick-or-treating event was fun for all and we met some
AMAZING kids in some great costumes!

Best part? 100% of proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society - Western New York!

10/30/2023

Supervisor Diane Benczkowski announced that the overnight parking ban has been
delayed in the Town of Cheektowaga until December 1, 2023. Working with the Highway Superintendent and Chief of Police, it was determined that the Police Department will not enforce the
parking ban until the snow season starts. Warnings may be issued to warn people of the regulations, but
no parking tickets will be issued until the snow starts falling with considerable accumulations.

21 years ago we lost another hero, Detective Wasyl Potienko who was killed in an automobile accident. Please keep his fr...
10/29/2023

21 years ago we lost another hero, Detective Wasyl Potienko who was killed in an automobile accident. Please keep his friends and family in your thoughts and prayers. We will never forget the ultimate sacrifice Det. Potienko made protecting and serving his community.

The DEA National Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow! Saturday, October 28th. We will be at the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 33...
10/27/2023

The DEA National Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow! Saturday, October 28th. We will be at the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Please dump all of your unused, unwanted or expired medication in a Zip-lock type bag, and visit the event!
NOTE: We CANNOT accept any liquids, needles, aerosols, powders or v**e devices.
If you can not make it to the event our have needles that need to be disposed of please use our drug boxes located in our lobby. https://www.dea.gov/takebackday

The weather didn't cooperate but we appreciate everyone coming out to support our annual Trunk Or Treat! We still had a ...
10/24/2023

The weather didn't cooperate but we appreciate everyone coming out to support our annual Trunk Or Treat! We still had a great time and loved seeing all the amazing costumes. Thank you so much to all our community partners that came out to help make this event a a huge success. We want to thank everyone that brought a non perishable food item too! We were able to fill TWO bins full of food for the Resurrection Food Pantry!
Starbucks - Depew, Transit Road
Jeep Wrangler Club of Western New York
Carrubba’s Chicken Pit
Doyle Hose Company No. 2
Bellevue Fire Company
Assemblymember Monica Wallace
Rusiniak's Service Inc.
Cheektowaga Youth and Recreation
Cleveland Hill Fire Department

46 years ago today, Officer David J. Tolsma was shot and killed while responding to a robbery call at a hotel on Genesee...
10/20/2023

46 years ago today, Officer David J. Tolsma was shot and killed while responding to a robbery call at a hotel on Genesee St. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We will never forget this hero that gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting his community.

Road restrictions on Dick Road.The portion of Dick Rd (CR-317) will have a single-lane road restriction at the intersect...
10/19/2023

Road restrictions on Dick Road.

The portion of Dick Rd (CR-317) will have a single-lane road restriction at the intersection of Dick Rd and West Sobieski Ave. This single-lane restriction will begin Monday October 23, with an estimated completion date of October 25 or until complete. Work will be performed between the hours of 9:00AM to 3:00PM. This restriction is for the purpose of a water main project in accordance with ECWA.

10/12/2023

An update on Officer Blackchief:
Yesterday, Officer Troy Blackchief underwent cranioplasty surgery at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. The procedure was similar to his first cranioplasty, which was done at ECMC in April. In May, about 3 weeks later, his 3-D printed skull bone was emergently removed due to infection, a known risk of the surgery. Yesterday’s surgery is the fourth cranial surgery since his incident in February, making it a more challenging procedure with an even higher risk of infection and other complications. His family reports he is in stable condition post-operatively and that a successful recovery over the next twelve weeks will be critical to meeting his long-term goals.

***Updated for clarification 10/12/23***The Town of Cheektowaga does not run an animal kill shelter. Euthanasia is only ...
10/11/2023

***Updated for clarification 10/12/23***
The Town of Cheektowaga does not run an animal kill shelter. Euthanasia is only used as a last resort after all other adoption, sheltering, and care methods have failed and is not done at the Town of Cheektowaga. The Cheektowaga Dog Control Office continuously works diligently to help dogs avoid that fate.

Ever wonder how you can make a difference in your community? Have a love of dogs? Then this post is for you!

The shelter is at capacity and suitable owners must be found. They can not be simply turned over to another (full) shelter in the area. Their best chance is the kindness of their best friend that they haven't met yet! Maybe you?

Current adoptable dogs can be found at the links below or by contacting the Cheektowaga DCO directly.

https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/39420333-cheektowaga-new-york-german-shepherd-dog-mix

https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/39420270-cheektowaga-new-york-mastiff-mix

https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/39420178-cheektowaga-new-york-american-pit-bull-terrier-mix

https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/39420157-cheektowaga-new-york-american-pit-bull-terrier-mix

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SIGN UP FOR THE WAIT LIST! Please sign up if you are interested in attending our Trunk Or Treat...
10/09/2023

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SIGN UP FOR THE WAIT LIST! Please sign up if you are interested in attending our Trunk Or Treat event!

We are hoping to add additional tickets to our upcoming Trunk Or Treat event on October 14th. If you were not able to get tickets and still interested in attending please follow the link and fill out the form. Thank you!!! https://cpdny.org/trunk-or-treat-waiting-list/

Come out to Law & Order night at Tully’s (French Rd Cheektowaga) and help support Special Olympics tonight till 8pm!!! O...
10/05/2023

Come out to Law & Order night at Tully’s (French Rd Cheektowaga) and help support Special Olympics tonight till 8pm!!! Our officers and athletes are waiting tables and excited to serve you! Special Olympics New York

We are hoping to add additional tickets to our upcoming Trunk Or Treat event on October 14th. If you were not able to ge...
10/05/2023

We are hoping to add additional tickets to our upcoming Trunk Or Treat event on October 14th. If you were not able to get tickets and still interested in attending please follow the link and fill out the form. Thank you!!! https://cpdny.org/trunk-or-treat-waiting-list/

Free Disaster Preparedness training! October 18th at 6PM at the Town of Cheektowaga Senior Center. Pre-registration is r...
10/04/2023

Free Disaster Preparedness training! October 18th at 6PM at the Town of Cheektowaga Senior Center. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CSC101823

A few spots are still available for the Cheektowaga Police Department Citizen Police Academy.The Fall 2023 Session is st...
09/26/2023

A few spots are still available for the Cheektowaga Police Department Citizen Police Academy.

The Fall 2023 Session is starting October 5, 2023 and runs till December 28, 2023 every Thursday at CPD Headquarters from 6:00 p.m-9:00 p.m. You will gain firsthand knowledge, understanding, and insight into the day-to-day operations of your local crime fighters! Learning about topics such as Recruiting and Training, Domestic Violence, Patrol Procedures, Crime Scene Investigation, The Behavioral Health Unit, Ride Alongs, S*x Offenses, Penal Law and Accident Investigation and Range Training!

We have a limited number of spots available. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. The application process for the academy will include a check of your criminal history and your driver’s license. If you are interested in participating in this Academy please email Officer Paul Nazzarett at [email protected] or call the Community Crime Services Unit at 686-7451

CD  # - 23-319681 Town Park Shooting ArrestCheektowaga, NY, September 22, 2023:Today, Cheektowaga Police Detectives, wit...
09/22/2023

CD # - 23-319681 Town Park Shooting Arrest
Cheektowaga, NY, September 22, 2023:
Today, Cheektowaga Police Detectives, with the assistance of the Cheektowaga Police Patrol Officers, took a 16 y/o male into custody for Criminal Possession of a weapon. The charges result from a four-month investigation into the shooting of a 15-year-old male at Cheektowaga Town Park on May 13, 2023, at 715 p.m. The 16 y/o male surrendered himself to Officers and was transported to Erie County Youth Part Court, where he was arraigned on Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree, NYS Penal Law 265.03-1B, a Class C Felony. After arraignment at Youth Part Court, Judge Brenda Freedman released the male under the supervision of probation.
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A Letter from Jen Blackchief on her Husband Troy's recovery progress.September 15, 2023To our family, friends, and Troy’...
09/20/2023

A Letter from Jen Blackchief on her Husband Troy's recovery progress.
September 15, 2023
To our family, friends, and Troy’s supporters in this community,
Over seven months have passed since the incident that severely injured Troy, forever changing his life and significantly impacting the lives of many. While I keep a daily electronic journal for those closest to us, it has been more than six months since our last comprehensive update, just before Troy was discharged from his first three-week stay at ECMC.
Troy spent fifty-three days at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, where he began his rehabilitative journey. I had high hopes for the performance of that institution and for the results that Troy would see, and both expectations were exceeded. Drs. Driver and Weber are clinically superlative, directive, collaborative, and, simply stated, good humans. The nursing and therapy teams knew what Troy needed and figured out how to get him to participate even when he was reluctant or disinterested. When we arrived at Shirley Ryan, Troy was in a wheelchair, able to take only a few steps with help, he was unsure of who we were and could not make any new memories. They helped Troy find physical strength and delivered on the most important element of his recovery from my perspective… forming connections between the humans he recognized and the role we have in his world.
We left Shirley Ryan Ability Lab for ECMC on April 23rd for Troy’s replacement skull. 3D printed using a form of resin (PEEK) and secured with titanium plates and screws, Troy’s head was nicely rounded out, protecting his brain for further recovery. After eleven days of intensive medical care, we departed for the Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS)in Fort Worth, Texas. While there are several traumatic brain injury recovery programs across the country, they are located primarily in the Midwest or on the West Coast. Many programs are aimed at maximizing independence with the goal of returning to work, but we could find no program designed to specifically serve law enforcement or emergency responders. After evaluating multiple programs, CNS was chosen for two main reasons. First, the supportive housing structure fits Troy’s lifestyle preferences well. Second, when asked how the program would integrate police work into the program, including fi****ms training, CNS was the only program that did not blink. Welcome to Texas!
Troy has been at CNS since May 4th. He started out strong, but after just two short weeks, he was rushed to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital. There was an infection under his newly placed skull. He underwent another emergency craniectomy, followed
by placement of a central line for long-term antibiotics. We thank Dr. Purcell (Emergency Department) and Dr. Ooi (Neurosurgery) for their clinical excellence and swift action, again saving Troy’s body. The Emergency Room and ICU nurses and support staff were excellent.
Back in the helmet and weakened by the infection, this would be the first major setback in months. Troy’s clinic therapies continued, including physical, occupational, speech, educational, and counseling. After completion of long-term antibiotics, neuro-psych, and neuro-vision evaluations, extensive examinations, and eventual treatment of a jaw injury, shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, and foot surgery to remove a broken bone and file down several others, Troy is gearing up for his second cranioplasty.
Plans regarding the cranioplasty are in the making and not crystalized enough to share.
Our two living children, Christian and Amaya, continue to be primarily in their aunt and uncle's loving and capable hands, Jana and Justin Blackchief. I have been very fortunate to spend time with them intermittently, flying home when someone is available to be with Troy in Texas. They have each been to Texas a couple times, and while I am not a lover of technology, FaceTime has been a blessing of epic proportions.
To our families, friends, and the Cheektowaga Police Department, your support has been immeasurable; and for our colleagues and community at St. Ann’s, Union Fire Company, St. Mary’s Elementary and High School, and West Seneca West, along with the many sports families we coach and play with, we remain grateful. To our newfound friends in Chicago and North Texas, thank you for welcoming us, supporting Troy, and creating a sense of home so far away from Buffalo.
We will continue to let you know what we need as we figure it out, but one thing remains constant… your encouraging thoughts and ongoing prayers cannot be replaced.
My prayer was for Troy to recreate a life worth living; he is on the path to doing that. As I said in my March 2023 letter, he is the most strong-willed person I know, and if anyone can find his way back… it’s Troy.
With Gratitude,
Jen
Letters of support may be mailed to:
Officer Troy Blackchief - 3512 Arborlawn Dr. N - Fort Worth, TX 76109

CPD runners representing at today's Tunnel to Towers race.  Nice job, everyone!
09/16/2023

CPD runners representing at today's Tunnel to Towers race. Nice job, everyone!

Tomorrow is the Tunnel to Towers race in Cheektowaga.  Look for road closures on Como Park from 8 a.m. until 1130 a.m. C...
09/15/2023

Tomorrow is the Tunnel to Towers race in Cheektowaga. Look for road closures on Como Park from 8 a.m. until 1130 a.m. Come support the over 700 runners!

A day of remembrance for those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
09/11/2023

A day of remembrance for those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

CD  #23-330249 – Burglary ArrestCheektowaga, NY, September 6, 2023: On September 5, 2023, Cheektowaga Police Detectives ...
09/06/2023

CD #23-330249 – Burglary Arrest
Cheektowaga, NY, September 6, 2023: On September 5, 2023, Cheektowaga Police Detectives arrested Desaun Atkinson, 22, of Garden Village Drive Cheektowaga, for Burglary 2nd. The arrest comes after an extensive investigation involving the Cheektowaga Police Detective Bureau and Patrol Division into multiple residential burglaries in the Garden Village apartments. Following taking Atkinson into custody, Detectives executed a search warrant at Atkinson’s residence, which uncovered over $1000 in stolen property, leading to additional felony possession charges. Atkinson was arraigned today before Cheektowaga Town Justice John Wanat and held on $30,000 bail.
Erie County Probation assisted the Cheektowaga Police Department in the investigation and apprehension of Atkinson.

09/06/2023
Leave earlier! School busses are back! Please drive slow and be alert for all the children traveling to and from school ...
09/05/2023

Leave earlier! School busses are back! Please drive slow and be alert for all the children traveling to and from school today! We are wishing everyone a great 1st day!!! 🚌

The Cheektowaga Police want to wish you a happy and safe Labor Day.
09/04/2023

The Cheektowaga Police want to wish you a happy and safe Labor Day.

08/30/2023

NEWS RELEASE
****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****

Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident – 23-338410
Cheektowaga, NY, August 30, 2023: At approximately 8:00 p.m. last night, CPD responded to 3101 Broadway for a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer and a motorcycle. The motorcycle was traveling eastbound when it entered the oncoming lane and collided with the tractor-trailer heading westbound.
The operator of the motorcycle, identified as 30-year-old Zachary Reimers of Cheektowaga, was pronounced dead at the scene. The tractor-trailer operator has been identified as 46-year-old Mark Renshaw of Buffalo. No charges were filed in the accident.
CPD was assisted at the scene by Forks FD, Sloan FD, AMR Ambulance, Cheektowaga Highway, and NY State DOT.
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Media Contact:
Capt. Brian C***s, PIO
Office: 716-686-3545
Email: [email protected]

NEWS RELEASE****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****Cheektowaga, NY, August 29, 2023: At approximately 8:30 this morning, CPD offic...
08/29/2023

NEWS RELEASE
****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****

Cheektowaga, NY, August 29, 2023: At approximately 8:30 this morning, CPD officers responded to a report of a body in Scajaquada Creek at the end of Markus Drive. The body is described as an older black male whose identity is unknown at this time. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
CPD Detectives are investigating this as a suspicious death and ask that if you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact the Cheektowaga Police Detective Bureau at 716-686-3505 or send an anonymous text to TIP411 (847411)

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Media Contact:
Capt. Brian C***s, PIO
Office: 716-686-3545
Email: [email protected]

The Cheektowaga Police Department will be hosting a Blood Drive on 8/31/23. The ConnectLifectLife  donation van will be ...
08/25/2023

The Cheektowaga Police Department will be hosting a Blood Drive on 8/31/23. The ConnectLifectLife donation van will be in our parking lot at 3223 Union Road in Cheektowaga from 2:00PM - 5:30PM. In order to maintain the safest environment possible and to keep your wait time down, an appointment is recommended.
ConnectLife has a new updated website for donors. If you scan the QR code or follow the link below, you will need to create an account and enter sponsor code “001052” to make an appointment.

All August blood & platelet donors will receive a Buffalo Bills 6 can cooler and be entered into a raffle for free Buffalo Bills tickets!

Come out to Losson Park and join in the Lucky Duck Hunt! We hid 30 ducks! 10 on the driving trail, 10 on Hummingbird Tra...
08/11/2023

Come out to Losson Park and join in the Lucky Duck Hunt! We hid 30 ducks! 10 on the driving trail, 10 on Hummingbird Trail and 10 on Timber Trail! Don't forget when you find the LUCKY DUCK to submit your picture to the link and be entered to win a prize!
https://cpdny.org/Ducks

The Cheektowaga Police had our Behavior Health Specialist Celeste come out and try our Lucky Duck trails… she’s a natura...
08/11/2023

The Cheektowaga Police had our Behavior Health Specialist Celeste come out and try our Lucky Duck trails… she’s a natural and found them all! We met some highly experienced duck hunters who were pointing out some of our tricky ducks to us. Not only did we find all 30 of our ducks we found some nicely painted rocks too! Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt Sweet Buffalo Rocks

As the school year approaches the The Cheektowaga Police Department is once again hiring part-time crossing guards to di...
08/11/2023

As the school year approaches the The Cheektowaga Police Department is once again hiring part-time crossing guards to direct traffic at assigned intersections at the start and the end of the school day. 🚸🚦 Help protect children traveling to and from school. Learn more by calling Lt. Vogel at 716-686-3527!

08/08/2023

****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****
Motor Vehicle Crash
Cheektowaga, NY – August 7, 2023 – At approximately 4pm, Cheektowaga Police Department responded to 5001 Genesee Street for a motor vehicle crash. A passenger vehicle heading westbound failed to yield when turning into an apartment complex and was struck by a tractor trailer driving eastbound causing the tractor trailer to then leave the road and crash into the Monroe Tractor building at 5035 Genesee Street.
The male driver of the car and the male driver of the tractor trailer were taken to ECMC with non-life threatening injuries. An eleven-year-old passenger in the tractor trailer was transported to O’Shei Children’s hospital for minor injuries. Genesee Street was closed in both directions between Transit Road and Airborne Parkway for the crash investigation.
The driver of the passenger car was issued summons for failure to yield and unsafe lane change. The Hy-View Fire Department, Bowmansville Fire Department, Buffalo Fire Department, U-Crest Fire Department, Southline Fire Department, Lancaster PD, Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps and AMR Ambulance assisted at the scene.

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National Night Out is a night that brings police dept’s and the communities they serves together… I think we nailed it w...
08/03/2023

National Night Out is a night that brings police dept’s and the communities they serves together… I think we nailed it with our 3rd annual Touch A Truck! We had so much fun with our community, non profit volunteers, local businesses, numerous fire depts and other agencies while we got up close and personal with a variety of different trucks! We would never be able to make this event such a success without our community and all the amazing partnerships! Thank you to everyone that came out to support one of our favorite events!

On Tuesday July 25th, The Cheektowaga Police Department welcomed nine new members.   The nine recruits started the Erie ...
08/02/2023

On Tuesday July 25th, The Cheektowaga Police Department welcomed nine new members. The nine recruits started the Erie County Law Enforcement Academy on Monday July 31st, and will be on the road in December. Pictured (L to R) are Joseph Alicea, Brandon Kindzierski, Spencer Bruno, Trevor Krzmien, Wayne Hudson Jr., Christopher Campbell, Salvatore Capitano, Ryan Martin, and Jessica Friend. Congratulations!

Happy National Night Out Day!! Come out tonight to Cheektowaga Town Park between 4-7pm (no sirens, horns quiet hour 4-5p...
08/01/2023

Happy National Night Out Day!! Come out tonight to Cheektowaga Town Park between 4-7pm (no sirens, horns quiet hour 4-5pm) to get up close and personal with a variety of fun vehicles for our annual Touch A Truck event. Carrubba's Chicken will be on location serving finger foods and there is a family fun zone presented by Cheektowaga Youth & Rec. Weather looks great and no registration required! 🚌🚓🚑🚒🚛

07/28/2023

**** UPDATED ****

LOCATED!!!!!! Once again the community came together and we were able to locate Ms. Dinatale! Thank you to everyone that shared and called in tips.

Please help us located Bobbie Dinatale. Her family has recently reported to the police of her disappearance and is concerned for her welfare. Anyone with information please call 716-686-3501.

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