BUFFALO, NY -- Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda has retired from the department, effective as of midnight, January 17, 2018.

"Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda has faithfully and dutifully served the City of Buffalo for more than thirty years," said Mayor Brown. "During his tenure, the city has achieved the lowest annual crime rate in our history, improved community-police relations and modernized our police force. I am thankful to Commissioner Derenda for his service to our entire community and his dedication to the city's public safety."

Derenda, who was sworn in as commissioner back in July 2010, rose up through the ranks of the Buffalo Police Department and spent a total of three decades with the force. He will now go on to take a job in the private sector.

First Deputy Commissioner Byron Lockwood will serve as interim.