City of Kingston Police Commission
- The Police Commission has a new vacancy to fill an existing seat. Applications can be found here.
- The Police Commission held a public forum on September 9. Watch the video here.
- Shaniqua Bowden has been appointed to the Police Commission. Read the announcement here.
- Link to Resolution 116 of 2020 Police Accountability
Meet the Commissioners
Steven T. Noble, Mayor (Chairperson)
Brad Jordan (Commissioner-5/31/2022)
Minya Dejohnette (Commissioner- 5/31/2024)
Shaniqua Bowden (Commissioner-5/31/2024)
Function and Duties of the Police Commission
- Hiring police officers
- Recommend disciplinary action
- Recommend dismissal
- Approve promotions and raises
- Approve all in-service training
- Approve time off for personnel
- The option to require a doctor’s note for paid sick leave or require a physical exam and the ability to choose the physician.
- The approval of PTO for the PBA Union president to attend annual meetings
File a Complaint
KPD Citizen's Compliment Complaint Form (downloadable/fillable pdf)
KPD Online Compliment/Complaint Form
Citizen's Compliment Complaint Form Brochure
Ulster County Sheriff's Office Complaint Form
New York State Police Complaint Form
About the Complaint Process: When a complaint is filed against an employee of the Kingston Police Department, the Deputy Chief of Police is responsible for investigating, gathering and reviewing any and all documentation, pertaining to the complaint. In cases where the complainant is available, the Deputy Chief will interview the complainant for any additional details. The Deputy Chief will then prepare a summary that will be reviewed by the Chief of Police. The Chief will then submit the files to the Police Commission, which will conduct their own review and make a determination as to the status of the complaint.
In most cases, the following statuses are used:
Unfounded—complaint or incident is false or not factual.
Exonerated—complaint or incident did occur but the employee’s actions were lawful and proper.
Not Sustained—complaint or incident is not supported by sufficient evidence of misconduct by department personnel.
Sustained—complaint or incident is supported by sufficient evidence of misconduct by department personnel.
Disciplinary Action & Criminal Charges
If a police officer commits a crime, the case will go to the District Attorney and depending on the details of the criminal offense, it may be transferred to the State Attorney General.
If the police commission decides that an employee of the KPD has acted in a manner warranting disciplinary action or dismissal, as per the PBA (Police Benevolent Association) contract, the officer in question can appeal the decision. The decision will then go into arbitration where an independent arbitrator will make the final determination as to whether the KPC's decision will be upheld or dismissed.
This process can take up to a year. During this time, the officer may be on desk duty, on paid leave, or may patrol from time to time if there is a staff shortage. The PBA contract requires that a certain number of officers patrol during every shift. This entire process is mandated through the current PBA contract and negotiated during collective bargaining.
Upcoming and Archived meetings
- Latest commission meeting (11/18/20) can be found here.
- Agendas and recordings can be found at: https://kingston-ny.gov/Agendas
City of Kingston Charter
Collective Bargaining Agreement City of Kingston & PBA Union contract
Contact the Commission
Mayor Steven Noble, 845-334-3902
Commissioner Minya DeJohnette, Secretary, 845-481-0793
Commissioner Brad Jordan, 845-590-3040
Commissioner Shaniqua Bowden, firstname.lastname@example.org