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Home > City Departments > Citizens Services > Save Our Streets Program

Save Our Streets Program

Address: 218 City Hall, Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone -  (716) 851-5094

The City of Buffalo’s Save Our Streets (SOS) Task Force is comprised of various law enforcement and government agencies, which include the Division of Citizen Services, City of Buffalo’s Law Department, Buffalo Police Department, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, New York State Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the United States Attorney’s Office. The charge of the Task Force is to empower residents in the community, and improve the quality of life in the City of Buffalo by ridding residential properties of drug activity in a collaborative manner. 
The SOS Task Force recognizes that non-traditional techniques of law enforcement must supplement traditional investigative and arrest methods. Using a coordinated approach between and among the members of the SOS Task Force, each agency is responsible for a particular problem facing the individual property. These agencies will send a response team to enforce their respective ordinances to ensure that the owners and tenants of the property are properly made accountable for any violations. For example, if a tenant of a targeted property is on probation or parole, Task Force members from the Erie County Department of Probation and the NYS Division of Parole will quickly respond to any arrests or complaints regarding that individual. If a tenant is receiving social service benefits, the Director of Investigation for the Erie County Department of Social Services will immediately investigate to determine whether that individual should continue to receive benefits.