FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2021
Public Safety Task Force Delivers Recommendations
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that the Re-envision Public Safety Task Force has delivered their recommendations, which have been submitted to the City of Kingston Common Council.
The Re-envision Public Safety Task Force was formed after an Executive Order from Governor Cuomo calling for a New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative to:
- Review the needs of the community served by its police agency, and evaluate the department’s current policies and practices;
- Establish policies that allow police to effectively and safely perform their duties;
- Involve the entire community in the discussion;
- Develop policy recommendations resulting from this review;
- Offer a plan for public comment;
- Present the plan to the local legislative body to ratify or adopt it, and;
- Certify adoption of the plan to the State Budget Director on or before April 1, 2021.
The City of Kingston commissioned the Peaceful Guardians Project to facilitate the Re-envision Public Safety Task Force. Mayor Noble put out a call for applications in August and, in September 2020, Lester Strong, the Peaceful Guardians Project Executive Director, announced the 10 task force members from the Kingston community: Beetle Bailey, Jimmy Buff, Andrea Callan, Raquel Derrick, Daniel Gruner, Donald Mapes, Jr., David McNamara, Naimah Muhammad, Manuel Blas Sánchez, and Amy Shapiro. The task force includes three liaisons: Chief of Police Egidio Tinti, Aldermen Tony Davis, and Police Commission member Minya DeJohnette. The task members came from a variety of backgrounds including an educator, an attorney, a social worker, a pastor, an addiction specialist, and a mental health researcher with a PhD in Criminal Justice.
Each of the members chose a topic to research from four key areas: Use of Force & Accountability, Police Recruitment, Training & Morale, Community Policing, and Alternatives to Police Intervention. Two virtual Town Hall meetings were held on November 19 and December 16, 2020 to gather community feedback. Additional input was solicited through EngageKingston.com. The Task Force’s final recommendations incorporated public comment and have been finalized for review and ratification by the Common Council.
“I cannot thank the task force enough for their thoughtful research and diligence on these often complicated issues,” said Mayor Noble. “This unique group of people with a broad range of experience and expertise brought such good insight to the task force. I hope the Common Council will adopt and ratify their recommendations, which I believe will benefit our entire community greatly. Once ratified, we will work with the Council to see what initiatives should be funded with the budgeted $100,000 in the coming months.”
Find the Re-envision Public Safety Task Force report here. (Link updated on 1/27/21)