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            On June 12, 2020, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 203 requiring local governments to adopt police reform policies to enhance the manner in which services that are being provided to the public can be improved(for more information see here).  The Executive Order is being implemented by municipalities in a variety of formats across the State, as the number and size of agencies in each respective County differs greatly. There are approximately 514 law enforcement agencies in New York State.

            In Chemung County, we have five law enforcement agencies:  Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, Elmira Police Department, Elmira Heights Police Department, Horseheads Village Police Department, and the Town of Elmira Police Department. Due to the manageable number of agencies, Chemung County will adopt one local law to meet the requirements of the Executive Order. It’s important to note that the two largest agencies within the County, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office and the Elmira Police Department, have achieved accreditation status via the New York State Accreditation Council (for more information see here) , which operates under the guidelines of the New York State Department of Criminal Justice.  Many of the recommended policy standards and suggestions outlined in the August 2020 Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative are already being employed by these two agencies.

            We have put together a talented and diverse committee to discuss, review and make recommendations to our local law enforcement agencies so that we may come to a collaborative consensus on several important issues currently facing law enforcement on topics such as implicit bias, diversity and inclusion training. A comprehensive review of use of force policies will eventually result in the standardization of reporting to assist with future analytical data. We are also reviewing the services being rendered to individuals requiring mental health and drug addiction as well as other current relevant topics involving deployment of services and community policing.

            As we move forward throughout this process, I’m confident that we will meet the goals and objectives outlined in Executive Order 203.  I would like to thank all our committee members for volunteering their time to this effort and encourage the public to engage the committee in a variety of ways, to include upcoming public hearings, e-mailing your concerns and questions, or participating in our survey.




        Sincerely,
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        Christopher J. Moss
        Chemung County Executive


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Police Re-invention Committee Members

  Chief Elected Official Law Enforcement Executive
Chemung County Christopher Moss William Schrom
City of Elmira Daniel Mandell Joseph Kane
Town of Elmira Neil Miliken Thomas Barr
Village of Elmira Heights Margaret Smith Rick Churches
Village of Horseheads Robert Maloney Thomas Stickler


Members at Large

Jerome Emanuel Anita Lewis
Peter Finnerty  Nykole Parks
Miquelle Fountain Randy Reid
Brian Hart Juhura Shazer
Doug Houper Georgia Verdier
Julian Hughey Weeden Wetmore
Hyder Hussain Sam Zoubi

 

If you have a question for the committee or would like more information please email us at: policereform@chemungcountyny.gov


Meeting Dates

  • June 18, 2020 – Meeting County Executive and County Sheriff to review the criteria outlined in Executive Order 203.
  • July 15, 2020 – Chief elected officials and law enforcement executives meet to discuss Executive Order 203.
  • September 3, 2020 – Chief elected officials and law enforcement executives meet to discuss Executive Order 203.
  • September 29, 2020 – Full committee meeting - (see agenda) - (see minutes)
  • October 13, 2020 – Full committee meeting - (see agenda) - (see minutes)
  • October 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. next scheduled meeting - (see agenda) - (see minutes)
  • November 18, 2020 - Town Hall meeting full video (Watch video online)
 

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