As many of you are already aware, the Governor of New York State issued an executive order last summer requiring each local government in the State to adopt a policing reform plan by April 1, 2021. Policies were to be developed to allow the police to do their jobs to protect the public. These policies must meet with the local communities’ acceptance.
RCIL is one of three organizations to host forums for community feedback on the 12 Utica Police Reforms being recommended.
This public forum will take place on Monday, March 8, 2021 from 1:30-3pm via Zoom. Members of the Police Reform Committee will be in attendance. Everyone who lives and/or works in Utica is invited to participate in this public reform. Pre-Registration is required!
The 12 Recommended Reforms for the Utica Police Department Concerning the Use of Force, Engagement, and Justice Administration include:
- Establishment of a Crisis Intervention Team
- Increase and Enhance Implicit Bias Training
- Familiarize Recruits with City Neighborhoods
- Mandatory Community Service Events Following a Hire
- Rotate Officers Through Community Outreach
- Develop Comprehensive Recruiting and Preparation Program
- Training to Resolve Language Barriers for non-English speakers and Individuals who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing
- Work to Establish “Green Light” Districts
- Add Adherence to Procedural Justice Policies to Body Cam Audits
- Increase Peer Support for Officer Wellness
- Increase Transparency with Citizen Complaints
- Establish Civilian Public Safety Board and Auditor
The complete report, and a press release from the City of Utica, can be found here:
City of Utica Police Reform Report: https://www.rcil.com/city-of-utica-police-reform-report
City of Utica Police Reform Report Press Release: http://www.rcil.com/city-of-utica-police-reform-report-press-release
If you cannot attend or participate but would like to comment, please send written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.