The first meeting of the Public Safety Citizens’ Review Panel will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 3pm in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 41 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
All meetings are open to the public and are streamed live over the internet. Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7H36PiuYNJJkZpczbLvCbw/
This committee was established by the Common Council of the City of Plattsburgh at a Regular meeting of the Common Council held on June 25, 2020. See resolution below:
Whereas pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 203, every municipality with a police force, including the City of Plattsburgh, must perform a comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, and develop a plan to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color; and
Whereas, the Mayor seeks to convene with the Chief of Police, and stakeholders in the community to develop such plan, which shall consider evidence-based policing strategies, including but not limited to, use of force policies, procedural justice; any studies addressing systemic racial bias or racial justice in policing; implicit bias awareness training; de-escalation training and practices; law enforcement assisted diversion programs; restorative justice practices; community-based outreach and conflict resolution; problem-oriented policing; hot spots policing; focused deterrence; crime prevention through environmental design; violence prevention and reduction interventions; and model policies, standards and guidelines; and
Whereas, upon development of such plan, it will be shared with the Common Council of the City of Plattsburgh who will then be required, per the Executive Order, to review, adopt and implement the recommendations resulting from its review and consultation.
NOW THEREFORE, Be It Resolved that the Common Council, at the request of the Mayor, hereby establishes a Public Safety Citizens’ Review Panel (“Panel”). The purpose of the Panel is to accomplish the requirements set forth in Executive Order 203, as described above; and it is further
RESOLVED, that members of the Panel, per the nominations and selections below, will be approved by the Common Council. Each Panel member will be appointed for a one-year term, or until the Plan described above is adopted by the Common Council and will serve without compensation. The Panel shall include the various stakeholders in the community, which may include the following representatives:
a. membership and leadership of the local police force;
b. members of the community, with emphasis in areas with high numbers of police and community interactions;
c. interested non-profit and faith-based community groups;
d. the local office of the district attorney;
e. the local public defender;
f. and local elected officials; and it is further
RESOLVED, that the following individuals will be appointed to the Panel:
Police Chief Ritter
City Councilor Gibbs
RESOLVED, that the Panel shall vote to elect their Chair and Vice Chair and shall establish their agenda and schedule for meetings at their first meeting; and it is further
RESOLVED, that the Panel shall comply with the New York Open Meetings Law and the New York Freedom of Information Act; and it is further
RESOLVED, that such plan by the Panel shall be offered for public comment to all citizens in the City of Plattsburgh, and after consideration of such comments, shall be presented to the Common Council, which shall ratify or adopt such plan by local law or resolution, as appropriate, no later than December 31, 2020.