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Lt. Craig has served as a board member, overseeing multiple steps of the development of this program. Acting as a solid sounding board, as he has multiple years serving as a successful Community Police Officer, honing years of creativity and ambition that serve both the community and police force needs. Additionally, Lt. Craig has spent time developing classes in which he reviews with Buffalo Police Explorer recruits various tactical strategies that he has acquired during his lengthy experience part of the United States Army, as well as a current member of the SWAT team.
Officer Joelle, MSW has had a lifelong passion for community development. She earned her MSW in 2011 to formalize her passion and learn to practically implement it. After making a career change from the Mental Health Care industry in 2014 to the Buffalo Police Department, she served 5 years in the west and east side communities as a police officer, ultimately having the unique opportunity to create a new Explorer branch under Commissioner Lockwood. She has been grateful to be tasked with the job of a full program development and implementation, all while mentoring 35 recruits each year
The Finance Board is comprised of one Buffalo Police Lieutenant and 3 Buffalo Police Officers whose cumulative time with the department equates to 22 years of service. While their role is with The Buffalo Police Explorer recruits is more “hands off”, the program simply would not exist without The Finance Board’s contributions. This program exists solely from fundraising efforts and donations. The Finance Board donates their time and dips into their resources to find funds from local businesses and individuals who believe in the mission of this unit. A yearly goal of $30,000 has been set, and nearly met for the year, to accommodate the many expenses that exist to operate this program.
Neighborhood Engagement Team (NET)