February 2, 2021
New Windsor Town Supervisor George J. Meyers III has announced the creation of the New Windsor Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Advisory Panel, per Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order #203, to review the New Windsor Police Department’s policies and practices.
This order, signed by Governor Cuomo on June 12, 2020, requires that each local government entity that has a police agency operating with police officers, as defined under 1.20 of the Criminal Procedure Law, to convene a group of stakeholders from government and the community to perform such evaluation.
Municipalities must address policing functions, standards, and strategies; fostering community-oriented leadership, culture, and accountability; and recruiting and supporting excellent and diverse personnel.
This Advisory Panel will gather input from the public and then make recommendations to the Town Board to adopt the plan that then must be sent to the State, no later than April 1, 2021.
The Advisory Panel is charged with the task of developing a plan to improve the deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency with an eye toward promoting community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color. The Advisory Panel will ultimately develop a plan that considers the community's needs and will recommend how the New Windsor Police Department can effectively meet those needs.
Community input and public comments will be taken into consideration in the development of the group’s final plan, which much be adopted as a local law no later than April 1, 2021. In addition to the public input meeting that will be held, this website will allow for citizens to provide comments and recommendations by posing questions and comments by email. See the Submit Your Input section below for more details.
The members of the New Windsor Advisory Panel are:
There are currently four meetings planned for the advisory panel, with a fifth meeting to be held for public input. All of the meetings will be held virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, but they will all be made public for viewing in the interest of transparency.
Upcoming meeting dates:
Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7pm - Click Here to View Meeting on Youtube
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7pm - Click here to View Meeting on Youtube
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7pm - Click here to View Meeting on Youtube
Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7pm - Click here to View Meeting on Youtube
In order to ensure we engage the public, we are seeking your feedback. You can do this by:
Documents for Review:
New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative
NYS Executive Order 203
Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Summary
Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Synopsis
Police Leadership and Culture & Make up of Department
Concerns the Governor Asks that all Police Agencies Address
New Windsor Police Department Community Satisfaction Survey Results