Reform Plan Marks Next Step in Collaborative Public Input Process
(MINEOLA, NY) February 16, 2021 - Nassau County Executive Laura Curran filed an updated draft of the Nassau County Police Reform and Reinvention Plan with the Nassau County Legislature. The updated draft plan, a product of more than 120 public input sessions and written proposals submitted from residents and community stakeholders, represents the latest blueprint for policing reforms in Nassau County. The County achieved an important milestone by filing the plan to permit further public input through the legislative process. The plan must be approved and filed with New York State by April 1st. Of the 90 recommendations received, 46 have been accepted, 24 have resulted in modifications to existing policies based upon community input,16 remain under further consideration, and 4 were not accepted for inclusion in the plan, as explained in the report.
“As we move forward and build on our current efforts to reform policing, we welcome additional input into this living document,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “I remain committed to building that trust in our communities. I look forward to moving ahead with a community policing effort that meets the needs of all our residents.”
“For the past several months we have been working with our communities on Police Reform,” said Nassau County Commissioner of Police Patrick Ryder. “New York State had recommended 11 Changes and the Nassau County Police Department has more than doubled that amount to make 23 changes. Over the course of hundreds of meetings, emails and phone calls, we received 90 recommendations and are moving forward to implement 86 of those. These changes are fair and treat our community and residents with equality and respect. The police department will continue to serve our residents in the most professional manner as we have done since our inception over 95 years ago.”
Based upon public input, the updated draft plan focusses on three main corner stones of Reform and Reinvention: Robust Community-Orientated Policing, Transparency and Accountability.
Some examples of the feedback submitted includes:
The Reform and Reinvention Plan will undergo further public-input and collaborative interactive sessions with the Nassau County Legislature until a finalized plan is submitted to New York State on or before April 1, 2021. Our Nassau County EO 203 website will remain open: EO203@nassaucountyny.gov. We are confident that the Nassau County Legislature will have a public input process that will provide meaningful recommendations for this blueprint to evolve into a final plan.
“Nassau County was recently deemed the safest county in America according to US News & World Report. It is my goal that every Nassau County resident, in every community, feels that safety every day.”