How are we reporting progress on Executive Order actions?
- Initiated Kick-Off indicates that work on an executive order action has begun
- Planning indicates that working groups are completing initial discovery, conception, and planning around how to meet the requirements for the action
- Implementing indicates that internal plans are actively being executed and milestones and outcomes are either in progress or coming soon pending action from another governmental body
- Completed indicates that the administration has met its commitment on this executive order action and published proof of completion in a progress update
- Monitoring/Ongoing indicates monitoring and practice of this executive order action is ongoing
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Syracuse Police Reform.
Why did Mayor Walsh issue an Executive Order?
Since taking office in 2018 Mayor Walsh has been committed to police reform and implementing the steps necessary to empower the Syracuse Police Department to incorporate policing policies and practices in line with 21st Century policing principles:
- Building trust & legitimacy between police and the citizens they serve;
- Policies and oversight that reflect community values;
- Using technology and social media to engage and educate the community while ensuring transparency, accountability and privacy;
- Community policing and crime reduction strategies and policies that address public safety while embracing sound community engagement practices;
- Training and education that address the changing requirements of police officers and expectations of the community they serve
When will the changes from these Executive Order items go into effect?
Each Executive Order (EO) action has time parameters. Below, you can click each EO action to see Where We Stand in our progress to complete and implement Syracuse Police Reform Executive Order Actions. In our progress updates, dates were identified as a result of reviewing various internal and external factors. We ensured that the timelines allowed for effective implementation.
Do some Executive Order items require action by other areas of government?
- EO1 Action #1 requires the Common Council to take legislative action on certain provisions of the Right to Know law
- EO1 Action #12 requires Common Council to take legislative action on any changes in how the Citizen Review Board operates.
- EO Action #16 requires a collaborative approach with the Syracuse City School District Board. The goal of this EO action is to create a model for public safety in schools that addresses safety while maintaining an environment where learning is the primary focus.
Who is managing this process to ensure commitments are met on time?
The ultimate responsibility for implementing the Mayor’s Executive Order lies with the Chief of Police and his department. Mayor Walsh is committed to ensuring that each of the 16 items in his Executive Order are implemented and has assigned Deputy Mayor Owens the responsibility of managing the process.
The Breakdown is a quick and accessible view of the 16 actions within Mayor Walsh's Syracuse Police Reform Executive Order. At the end of each summary is an opportunity to +sign up for the Syracuse Police Reform mailing list. As City workgroups achieve milestones or complete EO actions, in-depth progress updates will be posted online and emailed to subscribers.
Click each Executive Order (EO) action below to see the following information:
Action Title | Action Status | Action Description | Where We Stand (Progress Snapshot)
Executive Order Action #1: Right to Know Law
Review, revise and amend the policies and procedures of the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) to ensure the principles embodied in the New York City Right to Know Act are incorporated into the department’s policies and procedures, including but not limited to self-identification to citizens, provision of written identification to citizens, obtaining consent to searches, recording consent and making the record of the consent available to the subject of the search. This will be done in conjunction with legislative action by the Syracuse Common Council, which will seek to codify the Right to Know principles related to the reporting of investigative encounters.
Where We Stand:
- On October 13, 2020 the Syracuse Common Council passed the Right to Know law.
- Click here to read the April 5 update on the full implementation of the Right to Know Law's operational components.
- In accordance with the Right to Know legislation passed by the Syracuse Common Council on October 13, 2020, the City is reporting the following update:
- Syracuse Police Department Right to Know Policy 434
- NEW REPORT April 1, 2021-June 30, 2021 Syracuse Police Department Investigative Encounters Report. [view online] [download as PDF] [download as Excel]
- July 30, 2021 Letter to the Common Council. [view and download PDF]
- Follow-up Letter to the Common Council dated August 12, 2021, that provides further context to the report data. [view and download PDF]
- Onondaga Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Model VIII Plan. You can read more about the GIVE Model and other Violence Diversion programs/models on pages 50-51 of the Syracuse Police Reform and Reinvention Plan
- On August 26, 2021, the Syracuse Police published data in accordance with the Right to Know legislation. Click here to read the progress update and all of the included reports. [Read Progress Update]
- Q2 2021 Right to Know data [download as Excel]
- Q3 2021 Right to Know data [download as Excel]
- Q4 2021 Right to Know data [download as Excel]
- Q1 2022 Right to Know data [download as Excel]
+ Sign up for upcoming progress updates on implementing the Right to Know law.