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WESPAC: Westchester Coalition for Police Reform (WCPR)

  • January 28, 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Virtual Event


Westchester Coalition for Police Reform


Thursday, January 28, 2021

6:30-8:00 pm



6:30 – 6:40 Introductions

6:40 - 6:50  Derek W. Wright, Chair of the Peekskill Police Reform Task Force

6:50 - 6:55  Paul Davis, Justice Roadmap Update

6:55 - 7:00  Noel Casey, Update on Campaign for Parole Justice

6:50 – Updates from WCPR members active with police reform task forces at the municipal level and with Westchester County.

7:50 – Other business and announcements

8:00 – Adjournment

NEXT REGULAR MEETING:  Thursday, February 25, 2021

Monthly meeting is normally on the 4th Thursday of the month.

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Progress on Police Reform

Representatives from more than 14 Westchester municipalities attended the December 10 Westchester Coalition for Police Reform (WCPR) monthly meeting.  They reported on the progress of community efforts to meet the objectives of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 203, “New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative”.  The governor has set an April 1, 2020 deadline.   

According to community representatives, progress varied from none-at-all to being almost ready to send recommendations to the state.   The Executive Order’s mission is to develop plans to improve current police force policies and practices and - in the words of the Executive Order - promote community engagement and to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy as well as addressing racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.  

Reports were given by residents of Yonkers, Sleepy Hollow, Irvington, New Rochelle, Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Port Chester, Rye, Rye Brook, White Plains, Greenburgh and Westchester County.  Remaining cities, towns, and villages with police forces, around 30 of them, were not represented.   Discussions at the WCPR meeting covered the open public meetings held, the structure of community committees, and possible reforms.

WCPR’s next virtual meeting will be Thursday, January 28, at 6:30.  We look forward to further reports from all Westchester municipalities. WCPR aims to circulate ideas about and approaches to police reform in the hope of moving all communities toward greater standardization and accountability.  Trust and accountability go together.  When a law enforcement agency does not accept responsibility for on-going or past injustices or malpractice, public trust cannot develop.

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