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

Posted on: September 28th, 2020

LAST UPDATED: September 30, 2020



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


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



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


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