Niagara Gazette

December 21, 2013

COPS NOTEBOOK: Year-end musings

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

— Well, it’s the last time I’ll be in this corner of Page 1 for 2013, so let me leave you with some good news.

Shiny new recruits

For a police department that seems to constantly strain to maintain its manpower, the arrival of seven new officers just before Christmas is just what Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto had on his wish list for Santa. The officers were part of the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy’s 56th graduating class and received their diplomas and certifications in a ceremony on Friday.

Fresh on the force are Officers Brian Buchalski, Mi’ch-el Le King, David Kok, John Marcyan, Robert Miles, Kelly Rougeux and Christina Tyran. All the new officers are currently on the Cataract City streets in field training. 

They’ll be patrolling on their own after the first of the year.

The Falls officers also picked up some academy honors. Officer Miles received the Physical Fitness Award.

Officer Marcyan was the class president.

“Like many classes before us, we started as individuals, and ended up a single, cohesive unit,” Marcyan told family, friends and guests at the graduation. “There were times when we struggled and there were times when we succeeded, but we always did it together.”

The academy is an intensive 22 week training program, featuring a curriculum for police and corrections officers that includes firearm instruction, civilian dispatch training, DWI detection, accident investigation, radar operation, TASER use and fingerprinting as well as seminars on developing topics such as homeland security. 

Getting the Gold Star

And more great news for Falls cops as they get ready for 2014. 

The department has just been re-accredited by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services. It’s the second re-accreditation for Falls Police since they first earned the distinction in 2003.

The accreditation will remain in place for the next five years.

In order to achieve accreditation, the department must meet or exceed over 150 standards for police work and law enforcement activities.

“You have to prove you have policies in place and prove you’ve maintained those polices and standards for the last five years,” DalPorto said.

Examiners conducting the re-accreditation take a long, hard look at such things as how officers work with crime victims, as well as the procedures that are involved in making arrests.

I’m told, there is even a standard and test for how the department deals with the media. 

All in all, not a bad way to start the holidays.

Contact reporter Rick Pfeiffer at 282-2311, ext. 2252.




Contact reporter Rick Pfeiffer at 282-2311, ext. 2252.