After several months of dialogue, the Auburn Police Department and Auburn Police Local 195 said conditions are improving at Cayuga Centers.
In May, Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler raised concerns about Cayuga Centers and its residential treatment program for at-risk youth following the death of one of its residents, 17-year-old Destani Williams. Williams was found dead at a hospital in Dunkirk after she was reported missing from Cayuga Centers’ Auburn campus.
Then, in July, an Auburn police officer fractured an elbow and sustained several cuts to his elbows and knees while arresting a 16-year-old resident. It was the second time an officer was injured in a case related to Cayuga Centers this year.
That incident sparked a letter from the city police officers union, which expressed its own concerns with the agency.