Medina Committee on Police Reform Delivers Update, Additional Public Comment Forum in November

Medina, NY, November 5, 2020 – The Medina Committee on Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative is releasing an overview of the state’s directive and upcoming public comment opportunities. 

Background:

On June 12, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo initiated an executive order entitled the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. The core objective was that each local government with a police department needed to review the policies, procedures, and strategies of the police department. To achieve this, each head of government (the Mayor of Medina in our case) must work with the head of the police department to compile a group of community stakeholders who will review these activities. 

On August 12, 2020, Chief Kenward and Mayor Sidari pulled together Medina’s Committee on Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. The committee includes several individuals recommended by the executive order, including faith-based leaders, business owners, the district attorney, public defender, a representative of the public schools, and others. 

Consistent with the Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, after receiving community input, a plan will be submitted for acceptance to the Medina Village Board and provided to the State of New York by April 1, 2021. The submission will seek to include the comments and suggestions from committee members, community members, and additional stakeholders. 

Process Update:

The Medina Committee on Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative has been actively engaged with reviewing current Medina Police Department policies and procedures, while also reviewing new additions and modifications for consideration. 

Following the public comment received on September 23, 2020, the committee launched an email address and survey to increase participation in the process. 

Through the remainder of 2020, the committee will be reviewing public comments, policy and procedure recommendations, and additional recommendations being offered by stakeholders from the community and committee. 

Public Comment:

Another public comment opportunity has been scheduled for November 18, 2020 from 7pm – 8:30pm at the Medina Theatre (603 Main St.). 

Additionally, the survey remains open and can be accessed directly at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K6GNX92 (English) or https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/DGPGGQR (Spanish)

Photo from the Medina Committee on Police Reform’s first public comment meeting at the Medina Theater.