Syracuse Police to open new community center

Mayor Matthew Driscoll and Chief Gary Miguel will attend the opening of the Butternut Community Policing Center located at 909 Butternut St. in Syracuse this Wednesday Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

The new center will be staffed and operated by Officer Kenn Burdick of the Syracuse Police Department. Burdick will collaborate with Pastor James Gebhardt of Father's Heart Ministries (who donated the office space to the Syracuse Police), as well as, local community groups and area residents to develop and organize programs and events designed to build stronger police\\community relationships, especially with the area youth.

There will be additional officers available at the center to provide services to the refugee community, including officers Dzenan Selimovic and Varoosh Zarian, both of whom came to this country as refugees and have extensive language skills. Selimovic and Zarian will focus their efforts on reaching out and forging stronger bonds with the city's burgeoning refugee population.

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