The Subcommittee on Police Policy Review will be holding community forums in Lockport’s neighborhood parks over the next several weeks. The newly-formed subcommittee of 12 members, along with Mayor Michelle Roman, is charged with reviewing policing policies with local citizens, city government, and the Lockport Police Department. The goal of the forums is to gain direct feedback from the community.
The first of these forums will be held Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30pm at Rogers Park. Additional gatherings include Grossi Park on Thursday, August 20th at 6:30pm; Dolan Park on Saturday, August 22nd at 11am; Children’s Park on Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30pm; William Street Park on Thursday, August 27th at 6:30pm; Outwater Park on Saturday, August 29th at 11am; Kibler Park on Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30pm; and, Willow Park on Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30pm.
Additionally, a survey is being created that Mayor Roman says will help, “continue the conversation and update policies that will impact the culture and build trust and positive relationships within the department, its officers, and with the community at large.”
The subcommittee’s goal is to have a recommendation to present by the end of September or early in October for public input and review. The group would then present a recommendation to the Police Board and Common Council later in October or early in November.
The Subcommittee on Police Policy Review was formed after NYS legislation was passed earlier this year requiring local governments with police departments to form a review of policing policies with the community, legislative body, and police by November, 2020, and have it take effect by April 1, 2021.