The Erie County Department of Central Police Services (CPS) was established in 1973 to provide support services to law enforcement and criminal justice agencies on a countywide basis.  These services primarily include Enhanced 911, forensic laboratory, computerized law enforcement systems, Statewide Automated Biometric Identification System (SABIS) and the STOP DWI program.

These services are provided for the purposes of improved crime prevention, effective investigation, prompt arrest of offenders, expert court testimony, state-of-the-art technology, the protection of police officers and the entire community.  By providing these services on a countywide basis, CPS strives to provide the best possible services to promote public safety in an efficient manner.

Through a partnership between CPS and Erie Community College (ECC) law enforcement training is provided through the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy (ECLETA) located in the North Campus of ECC. This academy provides both basic and advanced in-service law enforcement training on a variety of matters to every local police department in Erie County.



Mission Statement: The primary mission of Erie County Central Police Services is to provide forensic, technical, and support services on a countywide and regional basis to law enforcement agencies and other public safety first responders.  In doing so, CPS will insure that first responders have access to the very best technical tools, and that there is standardization of processes and interoperability among law enfocement agencies in Erie County.

What's Happening in Central Police Services


130th police academy

On June 9th, the 130th Police Academy graduated from the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy. 

STOP DWI awards

On May 31, 2017, STOP DWI held it's annual awards luncheon honoring one officer from each of Erie County's 23 police departments for their outstanding work in public safety and minimizing the impact of drinking and driving in Erie County.

Police Memorial Service

On May 18, 2017, the Erie County Department of Central Police Services held its Police Memorial Service.  Each May, during National Police Week, the U.S. recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement and pays tribute to those who...


24/7 Addiction Treatment Hotline


Active Shooter

On May 6, 2017, Central Police Services co-hosted an active shooter community presentation with the Buffalo Police Department and other organizations at Bennett High School.  The presentation focused on the preparation, prevention and response to such an event...

Forensic Lab

On May 5, 2017, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz toured the Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory and was briefed by laboratory personnel on emerging trends and new technology within the lab. 

Disability Awareness

On April 4, 2017, Dave Whalen from Niagara University provided Disability Awareness Training to CPS call takers and police dispatchers in Erie County.

Lab pic

On March 30,2017, members of the CPS Laboratory Chemistry Section were recognized by the DEA for their work in identifying three opiate derivatives which caused multiple overdose deaths in Erie County.  As a result of the diligent analysis performed by the lab the...

Forensic Lab

On March 13, 2017, Time Warner Reporter, Brianna Fuss interviewed Chemistry Section Supervisor, Michelli Schmitz of the Erie County Forensic Laboratory concerning the opiate epidemic in Erie County.


On March 15, 2017, despite the snowy weather, the Law Enforcement Training Academy held their Emergency Vehicle Operator's Course at New Era Stadium.

Stop DWI

On February 24,2017, Police Officers from the Amherst PD, University of Buffalo PD, New York State Police, Erie County Sheriff's Office, and the NFTA PD participated in a Stop DWI sobriety checkpoint at Main Street and Bailey Avenue. During the four hour checkpoint,...

Suicide Prevention


On March 6, 2017, Chris Prochut spoke at a seminar titled "In Harm's Way", a program designed to bring awareness to Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention. Their motto, "It takes courage to ask for help, BE COURAGEOUS!"

Frequently Requested Information


Phone: (716) 858-8219
Fax: (716) 858-6039

Central Police Services
Public Safety Building
45 Elm Street
Buffalo, New York 14203