FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2020
Re-envision Public Safety Task Force Hosts Town Hall
Virtual Meeting to be Held on December 16
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Re-envision Public Safety Task Force are pleased to announce a virtual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, December 16 from 6:00-8:30pm. The virtual meeting is open to the public with registration and will have live Spanish interpretation.
The Re-envision Public Safety Task Force members have each selected a topic to research, and will present proposed solutions and metrics for successful implementation. The task force has focused on four key areas of reform: Alternatives to Direct Police Response; Use of Force and Accountability, Recruitment, Training and Morale; and Community Policing.
Presentation topics include:
- Examining SROs in public schools
- Mandatory Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for police officers
- Alternatives to police engagement regarding mental and drug-related issues
- Re-envisioning the Kingston Police Commission
- Developing procedural justice policies in the KPD
- Upgrading police accountability and discipline
- Improving morale on the police force
- Greater transparency of the police department
- Building a supportive and rehabilitative criminal justice system
- Instituting intensive racial bias training
- Creating community ambassadors
Presentations are available for preview now at Engage Kingston and will be presented by task members at the town hall meeting.
“The public safety task force has been working hard to research key areas of improvement, and will present their findings and suggestions for implementation at the next public meeting,” said Mayor Noble. “This is a passionate group of community members, who each bring a unique expertise and perspective to these important issues, and I look forward to seeing their presentations and hearing feedback from the community.”
“It's important for everyone to understand that these presentations are still works in progress,” said Lester Strong, Executive Director of Peaceful Guardians Project and task force facilitator. “The goal is for community members to be able to more thoroughly review our work and come to the meeting better prepared with questions and feedback. In this way, we hope community input can be even more rigorous.”
The Re-Envision Public Safety Task Force was formed to address law enforcement-community relations, use-of-force policies, procedural justice, systemic racial bias, and practices that may contribute to racial disparity in the community, among other issues. The task force has met bi-monthly since September to review current police force policies, procedures, and practices, and develop a plan for any necessary improvements, with a focus on the needs of the community and fostering trust. The Re-envision Public Safety Task Force will provide a comprehensive plan to the Mayor and Common Council, which per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order must be ratified by April 1, 2021.
Re-envision Public Safety Task Force Town Hall
December 16, 2020
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lcuusqT8rHtTGIWFXqWYAQ5mAxh2mrSWS