City of Poughkeepsie Holds Public Meeting on Police Reform, Seeks Final Comments Before Sending Plan to Common Council
City of Poughkeepsie officials held a public meeting Wednesday night to gain more feedback regarding the city’s preliminary response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 203 on police reforms. The city also is closing public comment at 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 16 for people to make further comments on the report before the finishing the plan to send to the Common Council for consideration. The public can provide more feedback by using the form on the city’s webpage devoted to this issue.
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 to be eligible for future state funding.
Mayor Rolison asked the city’s Procedural Justice Committee to first review the governor’s order, to gain public input and to make recommendations for the Mayor and Common Council to consider and act upon. The Committee, which includes police officers, other city officials and members of the public, made their recommendations in December. The city released its preliminary report on February 2.
Mayor Rob Rolison, Police Chief Tom Pape, Captain Richard Wilson and Common Council member Yvonne Flowers, who co-chairs the Procedural Justice Committee, listened to dozens of speakers at Wednesday’s meeting. You can watch a replay of the meeting at https://youtu.be/Fizy9LndKpI.
“We appreciate all the feedback we have received to date,” said Mayor Rolison said. “We look forward to finalizing this report and to forwarding to the Common Council for its consideration, and to do so in a timely manner.”