(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Friday announced the 2021 Binghamton Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative has released to the public and City Council a final draft of its plan for improving police operations, as mandated by Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 203.
“I want to thank the Collaborative’s Steering Committee members and members of the public who participated in this process to identify ways the Binghamton Police Department can better serve our diverse community,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “I’m proud of our collective efforts, starting with assembling a diverse and inclusive Steering Committee representative of a broad range of opinions, experiences and areas of expertise. The result is the most comprehensive and robust plan released by a local Collaborative to date, with recommendations for substantive improvements to the Police Department that will create lasting, positive change.”
In addition to recommendations for improving policing in the community, the 310-page draft plan also includes a detailed overview of the Binghamton Police Department and the report and public survey results from The John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety released earlier this week. The Finn Institute is a criminal justice research firm that has served as the City’s independent research partner throughout the Collaborative process.
The Collaborative held six community listening sessions in January and February to collect input from the public. The first five sessions were broken down into the following constituency groups: faith organizations, neighborhood groups, community advocacy groups, business organizations and education / youth groups. The sixth meeting, held Feb. 18, was open public comment.
City Council will hold a public hearing on the plan on Monday, March 22 at 6 p.m.
City Council members Tom Scanlon, District 7, and Joe Burns, District 5, have served on the Collaborative’s Steering Committee since the start of the process.
The Collaborative will continue to accept written public comment via a dedicated email address, BPDcollaborative@cityofbinghamton.com.
The plan is available on the 2021 Binghamton Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative page of the City’s website. The page also includes links to the Finn Report, all written public testimony submitted during the process and video recordings of all Collaborative public meetings.
Under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 203, the plan must be approved by City Council and submitted by April 1. The Collaborative’s Steering Committee will continue to meet after the plan is submitted to focus on implementation and review.
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