WS Police Reform & Reinvention Task Force
In compliance with New York State Executive Order No. 203, West Seneca Town Supervisor Gary Dickson formed a Police Reform and Reinvention Task Force in December 2020. Comprised of a diverse group of local stakeholders and residents, the Task Force was required to conduct a comprehensive review of the West Seneca Police Department (WSPD) by evaluating the department’s current policies and practices and addressing any racial bias or disproportionate policing of communities of color. At the conclusion of its work, the Task Force was charged with developing a “Policing Reform Plan” with a summary of the comprehensive review and recommendations to be approved by the Town Board. Following public review of the report, it must be certified as complete with New York State by April 1, 2021.
The Police Reform Task Force offered two opportunities for the public to comment on the Draft Policing Reform Plan at 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 2nd and Thursday, March 4th in the Large Conference Room of the West Seneca Community Center and Library (1300 Union Road). There was a presentation summarizing the recommendations and the opportunity to view the live streamed meeting on the Town of West Seneca's Facebook Page. You did not need a Facebook Account to access or watch the meeting. There were no amendment suggestions from the public. A public survey was also offered on the Town Website. Survery results can be found in the Policing Reform Plan linked below.
The Policing Reform Plan was submitted to the Town Board for approval at the March 22nd Town Board Meeting. The Plan was approved and the Plan Certification Form was sent to NYS Division of the Budget on March 23rd.
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