Adopt-A-School Project Named After Fallen Buffalo Officer

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, with the support of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, is announcing that the Buffalo high school adopted by the DA’s Office will now be named the Officer “Skip” McDougald Adopt-a-School Project, after the late Buffalo Police Officer Charles E. “Skip” McDougald.  

“There is no better role model for our adopted students than Officer McDougald, a decorated African-American police officer who gave his time to teach city students and who gave his life to protect city residents,” says DA Flynn

Officer McDougald was an eight-year veteran of the department who was assigned to Precinct 12.  He was killed in the line of duty while investigating a suspect on April 9, 1997; the gunman fatally shot Officer McDougald and wounded his partner, Officer Michael Martinez.  In addition to being a decorated officer who was recognized for his bravery and heroism, Officer McDougald worked as a substitute English teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools until his death. 

In June 2016, the DA’s Office formalized the volunteer project with the Buffalo Public School District and adopted the Academy School 131. One of the objectives of the Adopt-a-School Project is to build and strengthen relationships between law enforcement and city residents, including students of the Buffalo Public Schools.  

Employees of the DA’s Office, including attorneys, investigators and support staff visit the school each month. 

During the visits, the volunteers engage a group of students in various discussions and activities aimed at encouraging an open and honest dialogue between the students and law enforcement, as well as teaching the students life skills.  

Future plans include planting and maintaining a Grassroots Garden at the school and a one-on-one mentoring program.  The students at the school range from grades 7 through 12.