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
⦿ April 2021 Implementation, including policy release, form creation, and training
⦿ June 2021 Begin data collection, allowing for the required quarterly reporting of this data following the second quarter of 2021
Description: The Right to Know Act is a law that adds an additional layer of transparency and accountability to police-community interactions. Although there may be variations of the law in different cities, the main points of the law center around making sure that people have fair access to information about interactions with police. This includes:
- Information about the reason for being approached by the police officer.
- Information about the police officer's identity.
- Access to documentation that the officer may have filled out about their interaction.
- Periodic public reporting of certain data related to police-citizen encounters.
Where We Stand:
- On October 13, 2020 the Syracuse Common Council passed the Right to Know law.
- 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.
- 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.