Peekskill Police Reform TaskForce Public Meeting
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About the Event
Cuomo’s executive order, coming in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing, orders City Managers and Police Chiefs to draft reform plans in consultation with the communities they serve. Each police agency's reform plan must address policies, procedures, practices and deployment, including but not limited to use of force, and address issues of racial disparities wherever they exist. The reform plan must incorporate community comments, involve diverse stakeholders, and be adopted by the City Council by April 1, 2021 to be eligible for future state funding for police. The City of Peekskill recently formed a Taskforce Organizing Committee to recruit and appoint a Taskforce. Organizing Committee members have included:
- Mayor Andre Rainey (Chair)
- Valerie Eaton (President, NAACP-Peekskill),
- Susie Erdey (Chair, Human Relations Commission),
- Councilman Ramon Fernandez (Liaison to Police Department),
- Police Chief Halmy
- City Manager Andy Stewart.
- Mayo Bartlett, Co-Chair of the County Police Reform Taskforce
The Organizing Committee has met several times, and reviewed almost thirty applications from those interested in serving on the Taskforce and participating in other ways. The City has created a webpage for the project for easy public access to documents and presentations. Once established, the Taskforce will coordinate public participation, solicit presentations, and review and prioritize recommendations for changes in local law, police policy and operations.