Police Reform and Collaborative Plan

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In June 2020, Governor Cuomo enacted an executive order on Police Reform and Reinvention requiring each government entity in New York which has a police agency to perform a comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures and practices and develop a plan to improve these areas. This coincided with a similar request by the New Rochelle City Council, also in June 2020. The Policing Review Committee members were announced by City Manager Charles B. Strome,III on August 1, 2020. 

The Committee met throughout the fall and a draft report was presented to City Council at the Council's November 24, 2020 Special Meeting. Public Hearings were held February 9 and March 9 on draft plans. The City Council adopted the final plan on March 16, 2021 and it was sent to the State on March 17. The Governor's Executive Order requires a report submission by April 1, 2021.

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Apply now for the Community - Police Partnership Board

In March, the New Rochelle City Council adopted a Policing Reform and Collaborative Plan, intended to enhance the quality, transparency and fairness of law enforcement practices in New Rochelle, while also providing our Police Department with the support and tools necessary to discharge its vital mission. The Plan contains multiple components and recommendations, including the creation of a thirteen-member Community-Police Partnership Board (CPPB).

The Board’s responsibilities will include reviewing and recommending improvements to police training, protocols and policies; examining serious incidents, and recommending a framework for the creation of a Civilian Complaint Review Board. The CPPB will be comprised of four members from the New Rochelle Police Department, one senior City staff member, one City Council Member, and seven members from the community. 

The City is now receiving applications for community representatives for the CPPB here. Applications can also be submitted by mail to the City Clerk, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801.  The deadline for application is May 15, 2021.  

Applicants should be New Rochelle residents and indicate their experiences, skills, leadership roles, and perspectives relevant to the CPPB’s duties.  A majority of community members selected will be drawn from neighborhoods or demographic groups with higher than average frequency of Police interaction. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Policing Reform and Collaborative Plan in order to have a full understanding of the CPPB’s mission, responsibilities, and probable work schedule, and also to understand the broader context of New Rochelle’s Policing reform efforts. Copies of the plan are available online and also available at the City Clerk’s office.