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NEWSLETTER

2020-2021 NYS Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative (Port Jervis, NY)

Posted on: September 28th, 2020

LAST UPDATED: March 19, 2021

2021 Mar 19 – After Public Comment at the Special Port Jervis Common Council meeting held on Monday, March 15, 2021 and one submission received Wednesday, March 17th, minor changes to the plan were made.  Here is the final copy of the plan that will go to the Port Jervis Common Council on Monday, March 22, 2021 for approval.
2021 Mar 22 City of Port Jervis Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan – FINAL
2021 Mar 9 – Here is the DRAFT of the Police Reform and Reinvention Plan for the City of Port Jervis.  This plan is open to the public for review and comment.  Please send concerns, comments and questions to info@portjervisny.gov no later than March 15, 2021 by 5:00pm (Please be sure to include your name, your address, phone number and email in the comment).  There will also be a Special Council Meeting of the Port Jervis Common Council on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 6:30pm specifically for in-person public comment regarding this plan.  If changes are necessary and approved by the committee they will be made during the week following the public comment and incorporated into the plan that will be put up for approval to the Common Council on Monday, March 22, 2021.
2021 Mar 9 Port Jervis Police Reform Reinvention Collaborative Plan DRAFT
Appendix A – OCDA Hoover-OIS Port Jervis
Appendix B – EO 203
Appendix C – Certification Form
Appendix D – EO 203 – Workbook
Appendix E – Workbook Questions
Appendix F- Letter – Sussman and Fuentes
Appendix G – PJPD Overview Presentation
Appendix H – Police Officer Civil Service Announcement
Appendix I – Mayor Deckers Letter re_Civil Service Suggestions
Appendix J – PJPD Statistical Report
2021 Feb 27 – There are still several items that need to be covered, addressed or altered to the Draft Plan for the committee to review.  Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5:00pm is the anticipated date and time of the posting of the Draft Plan.  There is a  Special Common Council Meeting set for Monday, March 15, 2021 at 6:30pm specifically for Public Comment on the Port Jervis Reform Plan.  If it is acceptable on that date, the Common Council may move forward to approve the plan.  If there are comments that need to make changes to the plan then I will ask the Common Council to hold off an approval until the regular Common Council Meeting on Monday, March 22, 2021 to allow the changes to be made.
2021 Feb 21 – The committee is expected to receive the Draft Plan, that has taken longer to write than expected, this week. They will review the plan. If acceptable it will be presented for public comment and Common Council consideration at the March 8, 2021 Council Meeting.

2021 Jan 22 – The committee met via Zoom.  The Draft plan was read to the committee and with minor adjustments the plan was accepted by the committee.  This week a complete plan will be written and will be emailed to the committee.  If the committee accepts the plan, the plan will be sent to the Common Council and Public for review and comment.  If the committee wants to discuss the plan further or make changes to the plan, another meeting of the committee will be scheduled.  We expect to have a working complete plan by the latter part of this week.

2021 Jan 15 – The committee completed answering the outline questions. Gave input to changes and agreed to move forward with changes they identified.  Over the next week, a subcommittee made up of Valerie Maginsky, Tim Monahan, Anthony Cole and Chief Worden will put together a DRAFT plan to present to the committee at their next meeting on January 22, 2021 at 6:30pm via Zoom 405 793 5811 or can be viewed on the Mayor’s Facebook Page live.

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2021 Jan 12 – The committee introduced themselves and explained why they wanted to be on the committee.  They also covered 3 out of the 7 item outline that the governor was looking for in his NYS Police Reform Community Collaborative.  Here is a link to the video of tonight’s meeting: https://fb.watch/2_31dSFWSv/.   This Friday, January 15th at 6:30pm we will pickup where we left off and continue the discussion.

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I have attached a link to the FACEBOOK feed https://www.facebook.com/660054846/videos/10158853349534847/ from tonight’s meeting (presentation) below are 4 documents and 1 PowerPoint document for your perusal.

2020 NYS Police Reform Community Collaborative Presentation FINAL

Police Reform and Reinvention Issues for the committee to address

New York State Reform and Reinvention Collaborative

Police Leadership and Culture and Makeup of the Police Department

Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative (Synopsis)

At the next meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 starting promptly at 6:30pm (the zoom will be open at 6:15pm).  I ask have asked each member of the committee to exam the documents but specifically the Police Reform and Reinvention Issues for the committee to address document.

The committees charge is:

  1. A brief synopsis about themselves and why they want to participate on this committee (besides me asking them).
  2. To be prepared to present and discuss any questions, ideas or thoughts that they may have that could help the Port Jervis Police Department run more efficiently and effectively for the residents, businesses and visitors.

If anyone from the public would like to submit a question, idea or thought; you may do so by emailing it to: info@portjervisny.gov

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As of now all meetings at this time will be held via Zoom.  You will receive a invitation but it will also be available to the public as well at 405 793 5811 with no password.

We will hold 4 meetings at 6:30pm that will be no longer than 1-2 hours long and will consist of the following:

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – The Police Chief will give a presentation of the Port Jervis Police Department after which members will be charged with preparing questions, ideas and thoughts.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – The committee will meet, present and discuss the questions, ideas and thoughts they have come up with that could help the Port Jervis Police Department run more efficiently and effectively for the residents, businesses and visitors.  Of course new ideas, thoughts, concerns and questions will arise out of this meeting so the members will once again be charged with preparing alternative thoughts, concerns and questions to present at the next meeting

Friday, January 15, 2021 – The committee will meet and present those alternatives that will be gathered into the concept of a tentative plan.

Friday, January 22, 2021 – The committee will meet and be presented with a tentative plan.  If they approve of this plan it will go directly to the Common Council for a public and council comment and possibly action to approve or if it is not acceptable to the committee, there will be a meeting again of the committee in early February (no date set yet) to make those changes that will go to the Common Council and General Public on February 8th.

Monday, February 8, 2021 – The public will be able to speak regarding the plan.  If the council likes the plan, they will then be charged with passing the plan.  If they are not or take exception to the plan due to public comment then it will come back to the committee for potential changes.

*Please note that the public will be invited to all of our committee meetings but will not be able speak during those meetings.  They may give input by sending an email to info@portjervisny.gov or sending a letter to the mayors office (that correspondence will be read to the committee at its next meeting).

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Due to unforeseen COVID outbreak, the two schedule Port Jervis Reform Committee meetings for the 18th and 21st of December have been CANCELLED

Committee members will be providing availability during the month of January 2021 for meetings to be scheduled at a later date  All meetings will be open to the public and held through Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4057935811

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2020 City of Port Jervis Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Committee – appointed by Mayor Decker on Monday, November 23, 2020

This committee is made up of an eclectic group of Port Jervis residents that range from teenagers to seniors, members of the LGBTQ community, businesses owners, committed educators, thos from different religious backgrounds as well as a diverse racial group, there is someone that represents the physically challenged to those that have lived on the street as well as those that have served our community.  It includes our Police Chief, our District Attorney’s office, a defense councilor as well as the PBA and the city.

Rev Shirley Ambroise Geffrand – Faith Tabernacle International Ministries – Clergy – Minority

Dion Cauthen – 4th Ward Employee– Minority

Geffen Cauthen – 4th Ward Resident Student PJHS– Minority – Youth

Tim Monahan – 2nd Ward Resident Disabled– ADA

Robert Bloomer – 3rd Ward Resident – Business Owner – LGBTQ

Anthony Cole – 3rd Ward Resident – Former Homeless

Jack Austin – 2nd Ward Resident – Long time Social Service Advocate – Senior

Gina Torres – 4th Ward Resident – Minority

Lisa Randazzo – 4th Ward Resident – Councilwoman-at-large – Minority

Claire Dillon – 3rd Ward Resident – Retired educator – LGBTQ

Valerie Maginsky – 1st Ward Resident – Community advocate

Dawn Jones – 2nd Ward Resident – Youth Counselor – Minority

Penny Jones – 2nd Ward Resident Student PJHS– Minority – Youth

Kevin Reilly – PBA

William Worden – Police Chief

Stewart Rosenwasser – District Attorney’s Office

Glen Plotsky – Public Defender

Kelly Decker – Mayor

The committee will field available dates to meet during the months of December and January (primarily through zoom) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4057935811

 

WARD MEETINGS WERE HELD FOR PUBLIC DISCUSSION

1st Ward: Thursday, October 8th – 7:00pm – Engine 5 Firehouse located at 143 West Main Street

2nd Ward: Tuesday, October 6th – 6:30pm – Erie Trackside Manor at 1 Jersey Avenue

3rd Ward: Monday, October 19th – 7:00pm – Engine 1 Firehouse located at 27 Orange Street

4th Ward: Thursday, October 15th – 7:30pm – Engine 4 Firehouse located at 31 Owen Street

ADDITIONAL THE PORT JERVIS COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP HELD an independent organization held 3 meetings for Community Response

 

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo Executive Order 203 of 2020

Governor Cuomo August 17, 2020 Letter to Municipalities

New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Resource and Guide

 

2020 September 28 – City of Port Jervis Outline Launch to the General Public

CITY OF PORT JERVIS

POLICE REFORM AND REINVENTION COLLABORATIVE OPERATIONS PLAN OUTLINE

In response to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 203 requiring each local government to develop a plan to improve deployments, strategies, policies, procedures and practices of its police departments to address the particular needs of the community and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of neighborhoods, our local government is required to consider evidence-based policing strategies, such as:

  • Use of force policies;
  • Procedural justice;
  • Studies addressing systemic racial bias or racial justice in policing;
  • Implicit bias awareness training;
  • De-escalation training and practices;
  • Law enforcement assisted diversion programs;
  • Restorative justice practices;
  • Community-based outreach and conflict resolution;
  • Problem-oriented policing;
  • Hot spots policing;
  • Focused deterrence;
  • Crime prevention through environmental design;
  • Violence prevention and reduction interventions;
  • Model policies and guidelines promulgated by the NYS Municipal Police Training Council; and
  • Standards promulgated by the NYS Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.
  • The City of Port Jervis, New York Mayor’s Office wants to hear from residents as we begin to draft the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative plan.
  • Andrew Cuomo issued the Executive Order No. 203 on June 12, 2020 requiring each local government in New York State to adopt a policing reform plan by April 1, 2021. The order authorizes the director of the Division of the Budget to condition state aid to localities on the adoption of such a plan.
  • The New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative asks all local police agencies to actively engage with stakeholders in the local community and have locally-approved plans for the strategies, policies and procedures of local police agencies. The plan must include the appropriate role of the police but allow the police to do their jobs to protect the public.
  • The Mayor’s office will put together a committee to help draft the plan. The committee will be comprised of community leaders, the county attorney’s office, the public defender’s office, the police department, faith-based and civic organizations, residents, school officials and the district attorney’s office.
  • We will begin with public comment so that the committee can learn from the community and review the current perspective of the community’s relationship with the City of Port Jervis Police Department. The public comment period will be open from October 1st through October 31st. The comments will assist the Mayor’s office, Police Chief and the committee with drafting their plan.
  • Please comment by email at info@portjervisny.gov or by letter to
  • City of Port Jervis; Attention: Mayor’s Office, 20 Hammond St., Port Jervis, New York 12771.
  • Quote from the Police Chief about his Police Department

“The Port Jervis Police Department is a progressive law enforcement organization committed to providing professional, community-based policing services to the residents and visitors of our City.  Community policing is a law enforcement strategy that emphasizes the systematic use of community engagement, partnerships and problem-solving techniques to proactively address conditions that cultivate crime and social disorder. Our organizational culture is strongly rooted in this philosophy, supported by the recommendations and guidelines proscribed by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. As community partners, we look forward to working in partnership with our community to proactively solicit citizen input to examine our role, policies, practices and strategies as outlined in Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. We recognize that a collaborative approach is necessary to ensure that we enact measures that are in the public’s best interest to continually strengthen trust and transparency with the community we serve.”

The Port Jervis Police Department is comprised of 52 full and part time police officers and civilian support members who provide full time policing services to our community, including animal control services, emergency communications, school safety and crossing guards.

Our Mission Statement is our guiding philosophy:

          We, the sworn public servants and guardians of the community of the City of Port Jervis define our mission as critical to the safety and security of those we serve.

          We are committed to demonstrate excellence in policing by working in partnership with our community to serve, protect, defend and improve the quality of life for the residents and visitors of the City of Port Jervis while preserving the rights and dignity of all.

          We stand with courage to face all situations and offenders that threaten the rights, property, and life of our community and strive to demonstrate excellence in the public service we provide.

Central to our mission are the values, mission priorities and objectives that guide our work and decisions and help us contribute to the quality of life in the City of Port Jervis.  Our values are characteristics or qualities of worth that have guided our department since its inception in 1853.

We hold our values constantly before us to teach and remind us and the community of our ideals. To fulfil the vision, mission, and objectives of the department, we, as public servants and ethical guardians and protectors of our community, are committed to:

Core Values

HONOR, INTEGRITY, TRUST, COURAGE, DUTY, EXCELLENCE, LEADERSHIP

Mission Priorities and Objectives

  1. Protect Life and Property of Our Fellow Citizens.
  2. Prevent, Detect and Investigate Criminal Activity and Apprehend Offenders While Preserving the Civil and Constitutional Rights of All Individuals.
  3. Promote Community Partnerships and Trust and Provide Public Service.
  4. Ensure Traffic Safety for Pedestrians and Motorists.
  5. Preserve and Promote the Public Peace, Reduce Fear, and Maintain Public Order.
  6. Promote Professionalism, Leadership, Personal Development, and Compliance with Ethical Standards.

The City of Port Jervis Police Department prioritizes the investment of resources and services that continually enhance police-community relations and enthusiastically looks forward to being a partner with our community in this new collaborative process by convening stakeholders within the city to guide us to effectively provide community based policing services that enhances trust and supports the present and our future.

There will be 5 Phases of this process:

Phase 1 (September-October) Planning and Identifying synergy with our community, Identify Stakeholders, assess current operations and share with public

Phase 2 (October – November) Listening and learning, Thematic meetings to hear public, Research, Post questions for public feedback.

Phase 3 (November – January) Draft a Plan, identify where change is needed, create short- and long-term goals, Articulate policy changes and what the changes will accomplish, Involve the public

Phase 4 (February – March) Release Draft Plan, use a variety of methodologies to share plan with public, solicit feedback from public, Revise plan and address comments, Common Council ratifies the plan, Plan is Certified with NYS

Phase 5 (ongoing) Police Department and Common Council Implement Plan, monitor progress, Communicate progress to the community

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