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Posted on: July 23, 2020

City of New Rochelle Creates Policing Review Committee

In June, 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.

To facilitate the review and formulate such a plan, New Rochelle City Manager Charles B. Strome, III has proposed the creation of a 15-member Police Review Committee. The Committee will examine the following issues:

  • Use of Force policy/training
  • Data disclosure and transparency
  • Community engagement
  • Oversight/Discipline/Complaint procedures
  • Equipment
  • Other issues

New Rochelle residents and business owners are invited to apply. Applications will be open July 23-31, with a committee being selected by August 5. Non-voting members from Police and other City staff, as well as a facilitator, will be selected by the Police Commissioner and the City Manager to provide information and support to the Committee. The committee will meet in in August and September, and a draft report is expected for presentation to City Council in October. The Governor’s Executive Order requires a report submission by April 1, 2021.

To apply on line, visit www.newrochelleny.com/NRPDreview. Paper applications are also available at City Hall in the Office of the City Clerk, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle during business hours M-F 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

For further reference, in July, the Police Department presented a special report to City Council, offering a historical perspective on past practices, an outline of current practices, and steps planned for the future. 

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