An Overview

The Police Accountability/Community Relations fact sheet provides an overview of reform actions taken to improve policing efforts within the Syracuse Police Department (SPD).

Under the leadership of Chief Kenton Buckner, the appointed candidate after a national search, new policies have been implemented to ensure fair community-police interactions.

Chief Buckner and the Walsh administration have also placed an emphasis on working to create a police force that is reflective of the community. In addition to diversifying recruits, leadership has focused on setting high standards for training and accreditation.

To assist with accountability related to alleged officer misconduct, staff who investigate complaints received are located in a neutral building alongside the Citizen Review Board. Open hearings involving discipline is a process currently being pursued as a part of the new police union contract.

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