Lancaster, N.Y. Police Department

Lancaster, N.Y. Police Department 525 Pavement Road, Lancaster, New York, U.S.A. This page is not constantly monitored. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1. For other complaints that require prompt attention, please call our station: (716) 683-2800.

The Lancaster Police Department proudly serves the Town of Lancaster, a community of 41,604 residents (as of the 2010 census). This includes the Village of Lancaster. Lancaster is a suburb of the city of Buffalo, NY. The Department currently has 49 sworn officers and 14 civilian employees. In addition to our uniformed Patrol division, we have several specialized units, including a Detective Bureau, Emergency Response Team, Accident Investigation Unit and two School Resource Officers. The current Chief of Police is Gerald J. Gill Jr.

Mission: *MISSION STATEMENT* The Lancaster Police Department endeavors to provide the community with a safe and thriving environment by deterring and effectively responding to disorder, problematic conditions and crime. The women and men of the Lancaster Police Department shall respect and protect the rights of individuals and act in collaboration with, and for the benefit of, the public. They are expected to serve with courage, professionalism and sound judgment.

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY:Lancaster Police is seeking your assistance in identifying the male in the photos below and operatin...
08/07/2019

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY:

Lancaster Police is seeking your assistance in identifying the male in the photos below and operating the black vehicle pictured. If you believe you know the identity of this individual please call Detective Kotlak at (716)683-3120 ext:138.

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Cheektowaga Police Department
08/06/2019

Cheektowaga Police Department

WE NEED YOUR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE!!

Yuriy Bruks should be considered dangerous and is wanted for questioning in the death of his wife.

Lancaster, N.Y. Police Department's cover photo
08/06/2019

Lancaster, N.Y. Police Department's cover photo

Erie County Department of Public Works
08/06/2019

Erie County Department of Public Works

The Big Boys have arrived!! Equipment has made its presence at Como Lake Park to begin the dredging of the lake. The crews have built the road that will be used to haul the material in the lake to the sled hill. Great job Erie County DPW and Parks on this joint effort!

Back at the end of June, we had a mom from Sawgrass Lane contact us to see if we could send an officer to stop by her so...
08/05/2019

Back at the end of June, we had a mom from Sawgrass Lane contact us to see if we could send an officer to stop by her son's 5th birthday party. She said that her son, Bentley, was obsessed with police officers and that she was having a police-themed party for him. That day, Lt. Gummo had most of the shift stop by to visit Bentley and wish him a happy birthday.

Mom was nice enough to send a thank you card and some photos of our visit:

TASTE OF LANCASTER & ARTS IN THE VILLAGE SCHEDULEFriday 8/9:- Food Tents open 5pm (Central Ave)- Beer garden opens 6pm (...
08/05/2019

TASTE OF LANCASTER & ARTS IN THE VILLAGE SCHEDULE

Friday 8/9:
- Food Tents open 5pm (Central Ave)
- Beer garden opens 6pm (hosted by Lancaster Jr Football)
- BACK TO THE BARS on stage 7-11pm

Saturday 8/10:
- Arts in the Village 10am-6pm (Artisans on Central Avenue & W. Main St.)
- Chocolate & Mead pairings on W. Main Street
- Food Tents open 11am
- DOWNBEAT PERCUSSION (Buffalo Bills Official Drumline)
on stage 1:30-2:15pm
- BROTHER JAMES on stage 3-6pm
- Beer Garden opens at 5pm (hosted by Lancaster Jr Football)
- MICHAEL BLY BAND on stage 7-11pm

Police Blotter 7/31/19 – 8/3/19An Officer observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Central Ave.  The vehi...
08/04/2019

Police Blotter 7/31/19 – 8/3/19

An Officer observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Central Ave. The vehicles speed was verified with radar to be 56 in a 35 mph zone and a traffic stop was conducted. The driver, a 42 year old male from Lancaster, displayed obvious signs of intoxication and was asked to perform field sobriety tests. The driver was subsequently arrested for Driving while Intoxicated and the vehicle was towed from the scene.

A Pearl Ave resident reported a fraudulent Utility account was opened in their name.

Lancaster dispatch handled 39 requests for emergency medical services.

An Officer conducted a traffic stop on Old Post Rd for a vehicle that failed to give sufficient notice when signaling a turn. A DMV check showed the driver, a 60 year old male from Lancaster, had a suspended NYS Driver’s License. The driver was arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree and the vehicle was towed from the scene. The driver was later released on bail.

Officers completed traffic details on Broadway (5), Cemetery Rd, Como Park Blvd, Genesee St, Harris Hill Rd (2), Lake Ave, Schwartz Rd, Transit Rd (2), Walden Ave and William St.

Patrol responded to a Transit Rd Grocery Store for a counterfeit $100 bill that was located in store funds. The bill was collected for evidence and the case referred to Detectives.

Patrol checked on a vehicle that was in Como Lake Park after closing. While speaking with the occupants, an Officer detected a strong odor of marihuana. During a subsequent search of the vehicle an E-Cigarette was located containing Concentrated Cannabis. A 17 year old male from Lancaster was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a controlled substance, UTT’s for driving in violation of DJ class license restrictions and a local code violation for being in the park after hours.

An Aurora St resident reported a Larceny from their unlocked vehicle. Taken was a Bank card, Driver’s License and a cell phone.

Patrol responded to a Church street residence for a Burglary that occurred. The case has been referred to Detectives.

Patrol took multiple reports of Larcenies from vehicles that occurred on Sterling Place. In one case the vehicle entered was parked inside a garage. The case has been referred to Detectives.

Patrol responded to a Transit Rd retail store for a Complaint that a party was intentionally struck on the hip with a shopping cart. The individual that was being accused of the intentional action stated they moved a shopping cart to make room for a grandparent to pass by and the cart struck the Complainant but it was an accident. Both parties were advised to stay away from each other and sent on their way.

Rest In Peace Officer, prayers for all involved...
08/02/2019

Rest In Peace Officer, prayers for all involved...

Rest In Peace, Officer Diaz...we Honor your Supreme Sacrifice while reacting to a crime OFF DUTY and then being murdered for it! We pray for the comfort of your loved ones, Both Blood and Blue!
You will NEVER be FORGOTTEN 💙💙💙

**From CALIFORNIA**

From the ODMP:
Police Officer Juan Diaz was shot and killed shortly after midnight in the area of Avenue 26 and Humboldt Street after taking law enforcement action when he observed several men vandalizing a wall.

He was eating with friends when he observed the man tagging a wall with gang graffiti. He approached the man and told him to stop. A short time later the man returned with others, confronted Officer Diaz and his friends, and brandished a handgun. The man then opened fire on the group as they tried to leave the area, killing Officer Diaz and wounding his girlfriend's brother.

The man fled the area and remains at large.

Officer Diaz had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for two years and was assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau.

*FOUND DOG**PLEASE SHARE*
08/01/2019

*FOUND DOG*

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**OWNER HAS BEEN LOCATED**THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP.

**FOUND DOG**

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This dog was picked up by Lancaster Dog Control on Genesee St. and Augusta Way near Fairways at Lancaster. If you are the owner of this dog or know who the owner is please call Lancaster Dog Control at 220-5620 or the Lancaster Police Department at 683-2800.

Thanks for your help!!

Police Blotter 7/28/19 - 7/30/19Patrol located a suspicious vehicle in a Transit Rd. retail store parking lot parked by ...
07/31/2019

Police Blotter 7/28/19 - 7/30/19

Patrol located a suspicious vehicle in a Transit Rd. retail store parking lot parked by itself far away from the building and other vehicles. A license plate check came back to license plates that did not match the vehicle and were expired by several years. The vehicle was occupied by a female passenger who stated her husband had operated the vehicle and was in the store purchasing items. When the male returned he gave a name he claimed was his and stated he was a “sovereign citizen.” After a data check on both individuals came back without results, the male and female were asked again what their names were. The female then gave both of their legal names to officers. When the male was asked again what his name was, he gave a false name even after being warned he would be arrested for doing so. The 29yo male from Maryland was taken into custody for False Personation and VTL violations. During a search of the vehicle, officers located a loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun which the male admitted ownership of. The male was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd (Loaded Firearm), Criminal Possession of a Firearm, False Personation, and several Vehicle & Traffic Law violations. He was arraigned by a judge on the listed charges and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center.

Patrol responded to an address on Vandenberg for a report of a possible overdose. Upon arrival the female patient was unresponsive with labored breathing. Officers administered two doses of Narcan and began rescue breaths with a bag valve mask. After several minutes the female regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital by LVAC.

While checking on the welfare of a female on Walden Ave., her dog jumped onto the officer’s leg and bit his thigh causing some bruising and a minor break in the skin. A Lancaster DCO responded to obtain information on the dog and will be following up with the incident.

Patrol responded to Commerce Pkwy for a report of a confused male. Patrol located the male who immediately appeared impaired by alcohol. The 25yo male had no recollection of where he was or why, appeared disheveled, and was soaked from likely falling into a nearby pond. The male was transported by ambulance to a hospital due to his high level of intoxication.

Patrol responded to a Ransom Rd. address for a report of an unlocked vehicle being entered and rummaged through during the overnight hours. While on location, a second complainant reported a similar occurrence in which loose change was taken. No evidence was immediately available and neither vehicle sustained any damage.

Patrol responded to an attempt to locate for a vehicle entering the Town of Lancaster. Patrol observed the vehicle and a check of the license plate showed the registration to be expired. Patrol conducted a traffic stop in the area of Transit Rd. and Genesee St. The registered owner was operator and found to have suspended driver’s license. The 27yo male was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd, Unregistered Motor Vehicle, and Operating without Insurance. The vehicle was impounded and the male was later released on bail.

Public Safety Dispatchers handled 28 requests for EMS.

Patrol investigated seven PDO accidents.

Town of Lancaster Dog Control
07/30/2019

Town of Lancaster Dog Control

**OWNER HAS BEEN LOCATED ** THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP.

**FOUND DOG**

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This dog was picked up by Lancaster Dog Control by Uhaul on Transit Rd. If you are the owner of this dog or know who the owner is please call Lancaster Dog Control at 220-5620 or the Lancaster Police Department at 683-2800.

Thanks for your help!!

Good job by the 9 year old chalk artist who brought some happiness and color to the Court Street bridge this weekend!
07/29/2019

Good job by the 9 year old chalk artist who brought some happiness and color to the Court Street bridge this weekend!

Today, several of our patrol cars participated in the Village of Depew's "Founder's Day Parade", celebrating the 125th a...
07/27/2019

Today, several of our patrol cars participated in the Village of Depew's "Founder's Day Parade", celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Depew.

Police Blotter: 7/24/19 - 7/26/19Patrol conducted a traffic stop on Gunnville Rd. after the License Plate Reader hit on ...
07/26/2019

Police Blotter: 7/24/19 - 7/26/19

Patrol conducted a traffic stop on Gunnville Rd. after the License Plate Reader hit on a vehicle for having a suspended registration. The vehicle was confirmed to have a suspended registration as well as an expired inspection. Patrol identified the driver, a 52yo male from Clarence, and determined he had a bench warrant from New York State Police. The male was taken into custody and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended Registration and an Expired Inspection. He was later transferred to the custody of NYSP on their bench warrant.

Detectives and Patrol arrested a 24yo female from Buffalo for an incident at a Maple Dr. hotel. The female was charged with Prostitution, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd, Operating a Motor Vehicle with Suspended Registration, Unlicensed Operation, and Unregistered Motor Vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and the female was later released.

Detectives and Patrol arrested a 20yo female from Buffalo for Prostitution at a Maple Dr. hotel. The female was later released on bail.

Patrol observed a group of 4 dual purpose type motorcycles w/b on Genesee St at a high rate of speed passing vehicles on the shoulder. The officer initiated the emergency lights and sirens of the marked patrol car and attempted to stop the motorcycles. Instead of stopping, the motorcycles continued w/b on Genesee St, passing vehicles on both the right and left at about 60mph and at times reached speeds of 75mph as they traveled through various streets attempting to elude officers. The motorcycles eventually split up and the chase was called off for safety reasons. Patrol was able to gather identifying information from several of the motorcycles and an investigation of the incident is continuing.

Patrol was dispatched to Walden Ave. for a report of a vehicle driving erratically. Patrol located the vehicle as it was turning onto Stony Rd. The officer observed the vehicle leave the lane of travel more than once and observed the vehicle traveling 48mph in a 35mph zone. Patrol conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the male operator. Patrol could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, observed glassy bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and lack of motor coordination. The male was given standardized field sobriety tests which he failed. The 64yo male from Clarence was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated and the vehicle was impounded. The male submitted to a breath test at the station which resulted in a .15% BAC. The male was charged with DWI, DWI .08% or higher, moving from lane unsafely, speeding, operating with an open alcohol container in the vehicle, and later released.

A Como Park Blvd. resident reported his hanging flower baskets were stolen from his front yard.

A Central Ave. resident report her hanging basket were stolen from the yard.

Patrol conducted a traffic stop on Transit Rd. after the License Plate Reader hit on a vehicle for having a suspended registration. The vehicle was verified to be suspended for parking violations and no insurance in effect. Patrol made contact with the 32yo male operator from Tonawanda. A license check determined his license was also suspended. The male was taken into custody and charged with AUO 3rd, Operating with Suspended Reg., Operating Without Insurance, and later released on bail.

Patrol assisted the Erie County Sheriffs with a traffic stop on Aurora St. regarding a road rage incident that started in Alden and continued into Lancaster.

Patrol investigated a reported fight between youths at Meadow Lea Park. The fight was said to be over “vaping.” No parties were injured and the parents were advised.

Patrol assisted Cheektowaga Police with taking a male into custody on their warrant at a Transit Rd. hotel.

Public Safety Dispatchers handled 31 requests for EMS.

RPD: Man pulls gun on officers, who are hurt trying to disarm him
07/25/2019
RPD: Man pulls gun on officers, who are hurt trying to disarm him

RPD: Man pulls gun on officers, who are hurt trying to disarm him

Two Rochester Police officers are recovering after being injured while trying to disarm a man who pulled a gun on them. According to Rochester Police, the two officers were on routine patrol just before 6:30 p. m. in the 200 block of Weyl Street. They were in an area that has been a target of compla...

Michigan sheriff's K9 Nellie find woman missing for 11 hours
07/24/2019
Michigan sheriff's K9 Nellie find woman missing for 11 hours

Michigan sheriff's K9 Nellie find woman missing for 11 hours

CASS COUNTY, Mich. (WSBT) – Good dog! A Cass County Sheriff bloodhound in Michigan found a woman who was missing for 11 hours! The family of a 46-year-old woman became concerned after she walked into the woods and didn't return. When they were not able to locate her in the area, they contacted...

07/23/2019
Town of Hamburg Police

Town of Hamburg Police

The Town of Hamburg Police Department is looking for the public's assistance in identifying the individual pictured in the accompanying video. This individual is being sought for questioning regarding the theft of a TV from Walmart. If anyone has any information regarding the identity of this individual, please contact Detective Thomas Boyer at 648-5118 ext 2608 or our confidential tip line at 648-5111 ext 2847

Case #19-014752

Happy Birthday to Depew!
07/23/2019

Happy Birthday to Depew!

Happy Birthday to us!! Today we celebrate 125 years of officially becoming a village. From Chauncey Mitchell Depew's dream of building a railroad town to adapting and bringing Depew into the future, the Village of Depew has continued to play a vital role in the area and provide the best services to our residents.

The original incorporation papers were signed in the Villages first post office, which still stands today on the southwest corner of Transit and George Urban Blvd.

The following were the first officers of the New Village. Dr. William Fairbanks was President, John Graney, George Waltz and John Zurbrick served as the first Trustees. The first person to serve as Village Clerk was James Oswald. These officers were to serve for a period of two years. This Village Board held it’s first official meeting on Wednesday
August 22, 1894

These individuals are currently wanted on outstanding warrant(s) from Lancaster courts (Town or Village). Please click o...
07/23/2019

These individuals are currently wanted on outstanding warrant(s) from Lancaster courts (Town or Village). Please click on each photo to see more information. If you know where they are, do not approach them. Please call the Lancaster Police at (716)683-2800. All persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. *****PLEASE SHARE*****

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525 Pavement Rd
Lancaster, NY
14086

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HISTORY: The Village of Lancaster appointed its first police officer/Village constable, John Swartout, on May 19, 1866. The appointments were then for 3 month periods, and the officers had to report on their activities to the Village Board on a monthly basis. The first motorcycle policeman, Frank Beyer, was appointed in 1912. He was paid 50 cents per night and $3 for a Sunday. The first documented Village of Lancaster Police Chief was George Nichter, who was appointed on May 10, 1920. The Town of Lancaster Police Department was officially established by the Lancaster Town Board on June 20, 1932. Prior to that time, the Town of Lancaster was served by constables led by a Chief. The first Police Chief of the newly established Department was Edwin Sutton. The Town of Lancaster Police Department started a police ambulance service circa 1953, with an ambulance that was donated to the Department. Police headquarters was housed in the basement of the Town Hall from 1950-1975. In 1975, the Department moved to a larger facility at the site of the former Nike missile base on Pavement Road in the Town. The Village of Lancaster Police Department merged with the Town of Lancaster Police Department in 2003. The Department has recently moved into our new Public Safety Building, housing both the Police Department and Town of Lancaster Court, located next to our old police headquarters on Pavement Road. PAST TOWN OF LANCASTER POLICE CHIEFS: Edwin R. Sutton 1931-1933 Walter G. Hasterich 1933-1935 Edward P. Bund 1935-1936 Earl S. Sweitzer 1936-1968 Victor Ott 1969-1979 Thomas E. Fowler 1979-2003 Gary S. Stoldt 2003-2010 Gerald J. Gill, Jr. 2010-2019 FACEBOOK PAGE POSTINGS POLICY The Lancaster Police Department's page is maintained by the Lancaster Police Department. This page is maintained as a public service, in order to keep the public informed of our activities and to assist with investigations and crime prevention. This forum is open to the public, and any opinions expressed by visitors to our page do not imply endorsement by, or reflect the views of, our Department. The Lancaster Police Department reserves the right to remove any submissions that contain obscenities, offensive comments, personal attacks and unauthorized solicitations or advertisements.

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