(MINEOLA, NY) March 22, 2021 – The Nassau County Legislature approved County Executive Laura Curran’s Police Reform and Reinvention Plan with bipartisan support. The adopted plan, born out of more than 120 public input session, includes Nassau’s first body worn camera program.
“I thank our residents, community stakeholders Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder and law enforcement officials for their continued engagement and common focus to reform policing,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. Our plan focused on police reform through robust community-orientated policing, transparency and accountability. Nassau’s body-worn camera program will enhance the high-quality public service expected of our police officers and promote deeper trust within the communities they serve. Cameras will provide a new level of community safety for everyone.”
On January 7th the County Executive released a Police Reform Draft Plan for public comment and filed an updated plan that incorporated further community input. The Nassau County Legislature then commenced a Special Meeting regarding the updated plan and received input from Long Island Advocates for Police Accountability (“LIAFPA”) and other participants. The County Executive’s Office addressed follow-up questions with LIAFPA and made additional amendments to the plan. The adopted 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.
“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 addressed 11 key areas and the Nassau County Police Department responded with new data reporting and policy changes. Over the course of hundreds of meetings, emails and phone calls, we received over 90 recommendations. The adopted reforms add a new level of accountability that our communities and residents require. The police department will continue to serve our residents in the most professional manner.”
The amended plan approved by the Nassau County Legislature includes:
Robust Community-Orientated Policing
The adopted Reform and Reinvention Plan will be filed with the State of New York, per Executive Order 203, on or before April 1, 2021. The Nassau County EO 203 website will remain updated: EO203@nassaucountyny.gov.