From the Mayor's Desk
NEW YORK STATE POLICE REFORM AND REINVENTION COLLABORATIVE’ (NYSPRRC)
Established by Governor's Executive Order in June; Localities Must Adopt a Plan by April 1, 2021, to Be Eligible for Future State Funding.
The recent guidance from the NYSPRRC builds on the Governor's actions following the death of George Floyd. Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo signed into law a series of reform policy items - called the "Say Their Name" agenda - including allowing for transparency of prior disciplinary records of law enforcement officers by reforming 50-a of the civil rights law; banning chokeholds by law enforcement officers; prohibiting false race-based 911 reports and making them a crime; and designating the Attorney General as an independent prosecutor for matters relating to the deaths of unarmed civilians caused by law enforcement.
With more than 500 law enforcement agencies in our large and diverse state, there is no "one size fits all" solution. To rebuild the police-community relationship, each local government must convene stakeholders for a fact-based and honest dialogue about their community's public safety needs. Each district must envision for itself the appropriate role of the police. Policies must be developed to allow the police to do their jobs to protect the public, and these policies must meet with the local communities' acceptance.
Village of Tuxedo Park Police Reform Plan – The Chief and I have put together a committee of community stakeholders (the Police Reform Committee) to develop the plan. The plan will focus on community policing. The committee members are Village Police Chief Dave Conklin, Village Mayor David McFadden, US ARMY Ret Col & Village Trustee Chris Kasker, Serena Mueller, Associate Head of School at Tuxedo Park School, Joshua Scherer, Governor of the Tuxedo Club, and Richard "Father Rick" James Robÿn, St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo Episcopal Church. Our collaborative process will:
- Review the needs of the community served by its police agency, and evaluate the department's current policies and practices;
- Establish policies that allow police to effectively and safely perform their duties;
- Involve the entire community in the discussion;
- Develop policy recommendations resulting from this review;
- Offer a plan for public comment;
- Present the plan to the local legislative body to ratify or adopt it, and;
- Certify adoption of the plan to the State Budget Director on or before April 1, 2021.