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Schuyler County officials plan police reform meeting for public input

A meeting to hear about possible reforms to policing in Schuyler County has been scheduled for next week.

“The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office serves the law enforcement needs of all the citizens of the County, and strives to do so in a professional manner, respecting the rights of all our citizens without regard to race, color, nationality, creed, gender or sexual orientation. Department policies and procedures are developed and carried out with that goal in mind, and our Deputy Sheriffs are selected, trained and supervised with that same goal in mind,” the County said in a press release.

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 203: New York Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn and Sheriff William Yessman have convened a panel of community stakeholders to conduct a review of the Schuyler County Sheriff’s police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices.

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Subsequent to this review and in partnership with our community recommendations will be brought forth designed to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of Schuyler County and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.

To that end, a virtual community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 12th at 6 pm. Meeting invitation is included below. At this meeting the committee will present to the community a status update as well as share results of a recent survey of residents and businesses within the County concerning the Sheriff’s department procedures and operations. Sheriff Yessman will provide an overview of department mission and function and public comment and questions will be received. To join the meeting please use the following link:

Topic: Police reform & Reinvention Community Meeting

Time: Jan 12, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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