New Windsor Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Advisory Panel


New Windsor Reimagining Public Safety Reinvention and Collaborative Plan

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:

  1. George J. Meyers III – Town Supervisor & town resident – Panel Chairman
  2. Robert L. Doss – Town Police Chief & community member
  3. Alana Harris – Community youth representative, college student & town resident
  4. Sarah Ruback, Ed.D – Assistant Executive Director – St. Christopher’s Inc. in N.W.
  5. Ciria Briscoe-Perez – School administrator, educator & town resident
  6. Anthony Mugnano – Pastor at NW’s Encounter Church & Director of N.W. food pantry
  7. James Hubbard – Veteran & town resident
  8. Hon. Stewart Rosenwasser – OC District Attorney’s Office – County Court Judge (ret.)
  9. Neil Fernandez – Town resident
  10. Hardy Pierce – Town Police Officer & town resident
  11. Sean Davis – Youth pastor at Vails Gate Solid Rock Church & community member
  12. Sylvia Santiago – Town Councilwoman & town resident
  13. Randy Siper, Esq. – Local defense attorney & town resident
     

Timeline

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
 

Submit Your Input

In order to ensure we engage the public, we are seeking your feedback.  You can do this by:           

  • Email input and questions to: [email protected]  to make a comment or ask a question for the panel to review and/or submit.
  • Attend the public input meeting (date TBD) that will be held specifically for your input and address the advisory panel.  Your input is wanted and appreciated.  This public input meeting will be advertised well in advance to ensure community participation.

 

Documents

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: