City Holds Public Forum on Police Reform Initiative
City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and the co-chairs of Poughkeepsie Procedural Justice Committee hosted a public meeting to get feedback to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order pertaining to policing and enhanced training and policies. The virtual meeting took place Tuesday night. The public was given up to three minutes each to share their experiences and make suggestions.
Earlier this month, Mayor Rolison named Common Council member Yvonne Flowers and Bishop Debra Gause co-chairs of the Procedural Justice Committee and asked the committee to review the executive order, to obtain public input and to make recommendations to the mayor and Common Council. City of Police Chief Tom Pape was among those listening to the participants in the forum, in addition to members of the Procedural Justice Committee.
In mid-June, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 203 — the “New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative” — requiring local police agencies to develop a plan and address policies, procedures, practices and deployment, including but not limited to the use of force. Governments with police agencies must adopt a plan by April 1, 2021, to be eligible for future state funding.