How are we reporting progress on our Police Reform Plan?
★☆☆☆ Initiated Kick-Off indicates that work on a police reform 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 a police reform action and published proof of completion
★★★★ Monitoring/Ongoing indicates that monitoring and practice of a completed police reform action is ongoing
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CIT training?
Crisis Intervention Training is a 40-hour course that teaches officers about the variety of mental health and disability challenges that may make interaction with individuals more challenging. They learn how to recognize these challenges and adjust their approach, when safe and feasible, to avoid escalating a situation when a person may be in a mental health crisis or have a disability that can make effective communication more difficult. The department hopes to train enough officers over a period of years so that CIT trained officers can be dispatched as much as possible when such calls come in.
What is the difference between Gov. Cuomo's Executive Order 203 related to police reform and the 2020 Executive Order from Mayor Walsh related to police reform?
In order to address police reform throughout New York State, June 12, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 203 New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. The City of Syracuse and its Police Department in accordance with EO No. 203 submitted upon Syracuse Common Council approval on March 15, 2021, the Syracuse Police Reform and Reinvention Plan.
June 19, 2020, Mayor Ben Walsh issued Executive Order 1: Syracuse Police Reform, urgently directing his administration to take sixteen (16) actions to increase police accountability, improve transparency and strengthen police-community relations. The local provisions in the Executive Order address critical issues in the police reform movement found in national data and reports on police concerns.
The Syracuse Police Reform and Reinvention Plan was developed under guidance from the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative.
The Breakdown is a quick and accessible view of the 33 actions within the City of Syracuse Police Reform & Reinvention Plan. Each action to reveal a dropdown cell of its Status, Milestone Dates, Descriptions, and a "Where We Stand" progress update. At the end of each summary is an opportunity to +sign up link for the Syracuse Police Reform mailing list. As City workgroups achieve milestones or complete actions, the City will share more in-depth progress updates online and via email to subscribers.
Click each Syracuse Police Reform Plan action item below to dropdown the cell and see the following information:
Action Status | Action Milestone Date | Action Description | Where We Stand (In-Depth Progress Updates)
Transparency and Accountability
Milestone Date: April 30, 2021
Description: Community members identified the need for a mechanism of oversight to ensure completion of the goals set forth in the Syracuse Police Reform & Reinvention Plan. Further stating that this oversight be assigned to the Mayor's office. To that end, the Deputy Mayor has assumed the responsibility of establishing and operating a SPD Police Reform & Reinvention Plan Oversight Committee. The Committee consists of the Deputy Mayor and a designee, representatives from the Office of the Chief of Police and Department of Law, the CRB Administrator, the Common Council Public Safety Committee Chairperson, and two members of the community, one appointed by the Mayor and one by the Common Council.
Where We Stand:
- The first meeting of the Oversight Committee occurred in May 2021.
- The Oversight Committee meets monthly.
- Members of the Oversight Committee have been established:
- David Chaplin, Mayoral Appointee
- Charles Jackson, Council Appointee
- Cimone Jordan, Director of Housing & Neighborhood Planning
- Susan Katzoff, Corporation Council
- Chol Majok, 3rd District Councilor
- Sharon F. Owens, Deputy Mayor
- Jawwaad Rasheed, Chief Accountability Officer
- Ranette Releford, CRB Administrator
- Deputy Chief Mark Rusin (Chief Joseph Cecile alternate)
- You can see the Oversight Committee Guidance document here.
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