About Matthew Oliver Bragg
The second black patrolman appointed, a year later, was 22 year old Oliver M. Bragg, also appointed from a civil service list, on July 18, 1919. Initially assigned to Precinct 4.
Patrolman Bragg was promoted to Detective on January 31, 1946 and assigned to the detective bureau.
Detective Bragg retired on January 1, 1962 with 43 year of service as a member of the Buffalo Police Department, he passed away at the age of 76 on June 5, 1974.
The Buffalo Police Department had only one active black member on the force from 1937 until1943 when, then Mayor of the City of Buffalo, Joseph J. Kelly called in members of the Civil Service Commission, and, then Buffalo Police Commissioner Charles E. Cannan (lt Richard Doyle's Grandfather), in to his office and insisted that African-Americans be certified for service in the Buffalo Police Department.