Local Organizations Push For Community Involvement in Oneida County’s Police Reform Plan

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(WUTR-TV) — Over the summer Governor Cuomo issued executive order 203. This requires all local governments and their police agencies to create a review plan with strategies to improve law enforcement. It also states to “involve the entire community in the discussion.” All plans must be submitted by April 1st and members from the community are asking to have their voices heard in Oneida County’s police reform plan.

“Whether the state accepts the county’s plan or not, i think the citizens have a responsibility to, even if they were to improve this plan considerably. We still to check to see whether or not any even approved proposals are actually implemented and whether they work.” – Frank Anechiarico, College-Community Partnership For Racial Justice

“There’s one sentence that mentions members of the police department will meet with the public and annually have some type of public comment but we don’t think that’s enough.” – Oneka Roach-Campbell Member, Black Leader Coalition

The College-Community Partnership For Racial Justice has done research on successful reform plans.

“Our website community4justice.Org number 4, justice includes our report. Our very extensive report that details all of the very effective proposals that have been tried around the country and the evidence for them.” – Frank Anechiarico, College-Community Partnership For Racial Justice

“It’s not a matter of it not existing anywhere and not being successful. It’s just a matter of whether the county wants to used these evidence based ways of reaching the civilians or not.” – Oneka Roach-Campbell Member, Black Leader Coalition

If the county doesn’t include the community’s input, then state and federal funds can be cut. The Board of Legislators will vote on the plan next month.

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