Kenton Buckner was sworn in Dec. 3, 2018, as Syracuse’s new chief of police. Buckner, who turned 50 on Feb. 2, sat down with the founder of The Stand, now-retired Syracuse University professor emeritus Steve Davis, at the end of February for a nearly two-hour interview.


Buckner’s exclusive interview will be revealed over the next month in a four-part series, starting Sunday, March 17.  

In the interview, Buckner discusses:

  • • Police use of force
  • • Plans to reorganize the department from 22 territories into three
  • • New initiatives with groups such as the NAACP to help increase minority recruitment
  • • His belief that Little Rock narcotics officers have appropriately used “no knock” warrants in drug raids, a practice previously challenged
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