HEADQUARTERS of this department are located on the
triangle formed by the intersection of Franklin, Seneca, Erie streets,
and the Terrace. The building was erected in 1884, and contains
the offices of the Superintendent of Police, Excise and Police Commissioners,
quarters of the city’s detective force, the First Precinct station-house
and the offices of the City Poormaster. In addition to these there
is a “rogues gallery,” the “freezer” and a daily session of the
Police Court. This department has in its employ 782 men all told.
Of these there is a board of three commissioners, a superintendent
of police, one assistant superintendent, two inspectors, one clerk
board of police, stenographer, one clerk in charge of Bertillion
system, one surgeon, one sealer of weights and measures, two assistants,
one superintendent of electrical department, one clerk to superintendent
of police, one chief operator, one assistant operator, fifteen detectives,
thirteen captains, twenty-six precinct specials, thirty-nine sergeants,
forty-three desk sergeants, (doormen) three assigned to patrol signal
system, one superintendent of horses, 472 first grade patrolmen,
75 second grade, 21 third grade, two conductors of prison vans,
three police boat pilots, three engineers, six hostlers, twenty-one
drivers, thirteen janitresses, three matrons, one watchman, one
interpreter for police court, and four linemen.
Every man has attained his position
by years of excellent police service, and according to the statements
made by the heads of the police departments in several cities, Buffalo
has one of the most efficient detective bureaus in the country.
During the year 1899, according to the report of the police commissioners,
stolen property to the amount of $18,589.48 was recovered by the
headquarters men and returned to owners. Out of 231 persons who
were reported missing, ninety-three were located by the detectives.
Three or four private detective agencies are located in this city,
but while their business is a lucrative one, a greater part of the
detective work is done by the official force.
Following are the locations of police
stations in the city:
The total of salaries
paid by the city for police protection during the year 1899 was
$715,690. Cost of maintenance for department other than salaries
$130,008. The Board of Police also acts as the Board of Excise.