West Seneca Police Department

Educational Programs

School Programs

Program Contact:
Family Offense Bureau
716-674-2284, ext. 140

As part of our regular operations, our department, in cooperation with the West Seneca Central School District and most of the private schools in the Town of West Seneca, run an extensive program of instruction that is tailored to the needs of children and different levels of education.

These programs start in the primary grades with presentations by our officers that help to teach children that the police are their friends and are there to help you. The programs change each year as children move ahead in grades and include presentations on such subjects as vandalism, shoplifting, drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse and other subjects that children experience as they grow up.

Included in this area is the D.A.R.E. Program, which is taught in the elementary schools at grade five and at the middle school in grade seven. Officers from our department are also trained to teach a D.A.R.E. curriculum that is appropriate to high school students. When utilized this instruction is presented in health classes at both high schools.

In addition to these programs, our officers work with the Health and Physical Education Department of the West Seneca Schools and present up-to-date information on issues of steroid use and other substance abuse by athletes during their middle and high school years.

Before a program is presented or any modifications are made, the curriculum is presented to the West Seneca Central School Board for their review. Through the Director of Health and Physical Education for the West Seneca Schools, the curriculum is reviewed to meet the standards for which it is being presented and to make sure it meets with the directives of the Board of Education for the West Seneca Schools.

For more information on any of these programs contact our Family Offense Bureau at 716-674-2284, ext. 140.

Seal of the West Seneca Central Schools

School Resource Officers

The West Seneca Police Department and the Town of West Seneca School District have partnered to utilize School resource officers in West Seneca East & West High Schools and East & West Middle Schools. The program is a comprehensive interagency strategy designed to assist communities in focusing leadership and resources on the issues related to creating and maintaining a safe school environment.

The main objective of the school resource officer, or SRO, is to prevent juvenile delinquency by promoting positive relations between youth and law enforcement. The SRO position encompasses three major components which allow the SRO to achieve this goal: law enforcement, education, and counseling. These three components allow the SRO to take a proactive approach to law enforcement. SROs are not just cops on campus. SROs provide all law enforcement duties on their campus. They educate the students by teaching law-related classes and other related subjects in the classrooms and counsel both students and parents on various topics. The SRO becomes involved in the students’ lives as a positive role model. The intent is that the positive experiences students have with the SRO will bridge the gap between juveniles and law enforcement, and in doing so, help prevent juvenile crime.

Personnel were selected for this intense and gratifying job from the patrol division. Criteria for the officers include that they be educated, have a base of knowledge regarding youth, current social issues, and an understanding of the criminal justice system. Personnel should also possess effective verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills, including the ability to address public audiences in the school as well as in business and community settings.

National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual event celebrated nationally. It symbolizes the community’s stand against crime. The town of West Seneca participates each year and celebrates our unity against crime at the Southgate Plaza. Various displays from the police and fire departments signify the professionalism of our first responders, and various community groups also participate and assist in a true community partnership.

Citizen Police Academy

Academy Contact:
Assistant Chief William Leitzel
716-674-2280, ext. 1140

This program is temporarily suspended.

The Town of West Seneca Police Department runs one Citizen Police Academy per calendar year. Sessions are held in the fall.

The academy is run on Wednesday nights from 7pm till 10pm and it enables the participants to see how the department is organized and run from many different levels. Participants have the chance to fire weapons on our shooting range, work with officers in learning about many different types of non-lethal weapons that we use and also to learn how many different specialty units work in our department.

Participation in this course is limited to the residents of the Town of West Seneca who are at least 21 years of age. For more information on our program or an application for the upcoming class, please contact Assistant Chief William Leitzel.

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