(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Friday announced next steps to meet Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Executive Order regarding the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative and a partnership with the John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety.
“Binghamton is home to the premier law enforcement agency in our region, and we will be partnering with experts to advance best practices to hear from the community and meet the goals of Governor Cuomo’s executive order,” said Mayor David. “Our goal is to enhance public safety operations in Binghamton, continuing to support smart policing practices in training, community policing and beyond.”
In June 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 203, titled New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, requiring any agency seeking New York State funding to have a plan in place addressing police reform. Soon after, Mayor David issued a statement affirming the City’s participation and outlining next steps to advance the order, including creation of a stakeholder coalition.
The plan must be submitted to the Governor by April 1, 2021. A copy of the Governor’s Executive Order is attached.
Through this process, a steering committee will seek to identify ways for the police department to better serve the City's diverse community, improve public safety, implement 21st Century policing strategies, build confidence, strengthen trust and legitimacy and address disparities that affect communities of color. Members of the steering committee are included in the attached document as well as a schedule of community outreach meetings.
“Our steering committee reflects Binghamton’s racial, political, gender and neighborhood diversity,” said Mayor David. “We took time and care to build this structure and committee, to ensure a positive end result and a process our residents have confidence in.”
In addition to a representative from police administration and the police union, Mayor David has selected Binghamton’s highest-ranking female officer and three officers of color to serve on the steering committee.
Residents or organizations wishing to submit comments are encouraged to email BPDcollaborative@cityofbinghamton.com or visit the City’s dedicated 2021 Binghamton Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative page.
At the conclusion of the series of meetings, a formal document outlining the recommended changes voiced by the community will be presented for public comment and be taken up by Binghamton City Council for appropriate action by April 1, 2021.
The City has partnered with The Finn Institute for Public Safety through which they will serve as an independent research partner, systematically collecting and tracking input, themes and surveying participants. The Finn Institute will collect and analyze community input through facilitated community conversations, as well as develop community surveys. It will also analyze Binghamton Police Department data on stops, arrests and use of force regarding racial or ethnic disparities, and assess strategies and policies in fostering public trust and effective policing.
The Finn Institute for Public Safety, Inc., is an independent, not-for-profit and nonpartisan corporation, whose work is dedicated to the development of criminal justice strategies, programs, and practices that are effective, lawful, and procedurally fair, through the application of social science findings and methods. The Finn Institute is also partnering with the City of Schenectady on its police reinvention collaborative.
The cost of The Finn Institute services is $36,000.