By Rick Pfeiffer
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Two weeks into his tenure as the Falls Police Superintendent, Bryan DalPorto sits in an office filled with half-unpacked boxes.
He tells a Gazette photographer there will be no pictures taken there until he’s finished settling in.
The new Cataract City top cop thinks he might finally get unpacked in another week or so. You see, he’s been a little busy since he became superintendent.
“Extremely busy,” DalPorto says with a bit of a chuckle. “But a lot of that is self-imposed.”
A 15-year Falls police veteran, DalPorto hasn’t hesitated to move fast to put his imprint on the department. He met with the department’s captains early last week to outline his vision for the force.
He’s also made an effort to speak with every one of his officers and detectives, attending platoon roll-calls and dropping in for investigator briefings.
“I make it a point to walk through (police headquarters) at least once a day and stop and talk to any of the officers I encounter,” DalPorto said.
The new superintendent has also made it clear he won’t be a 9 to 5, behind a desk chief.
“I was out the other night (around 9:30 p.m.) on patrol, and I backed up a car stop,” he said. “And I’m not out there to watch over (the officers). I’m out there to show my support and show them how much I appreciate what they do. When I took the (superintendent’s) job, I envisioned it being like this.”
A military commander with the New York Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing at the Falls Air Reserve Station, DalPorto says his approach to commanding city cops is shaped by a U.S. Army hero.
“Always do everything you ask of those you command,” DalPorto said. “That was the motto of General George S. Patton and I believe in that.”
DalPorto also hasn’t shied away from making dramatic moves to combat a rising crime rate. Among his first orders, DalPorto dispersed the officers of the Roving Anti-Crime Unit back into the Patrol Division.
The former Narcotics Division lieutenant, who commanded RAC, said it wasn’t an easy move to make.
“That was a difficult decision. These guys are like my kids,” DalPorto said of the eight-officer unit. “But I spoke to them all, individually, and they understand why I did this. This is no reflection on the job they did. They are all very good officers and they’ll continue to do good work.”