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Cayuga County officials unveil draft police reform plan, request public input

Officials in Cayuga County are asking for the public’s input on their joint police reform and reinvention initiative, which was completed at direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year.

The plans are ultimately due on April 1, but officials will accept public feedback over the next two weeks to determine what changes may need to be made.

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An overview announced in a press release from county officials reads:

Cayuga County and the City of Auburn have created a mission statement pertaining to this exercise that states, “Continuing with the strategies and objectives that have been employed by the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Auburn Police Department, this collaborative community effort seeks to perform a comprehensive review of current law enforcement deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices in order to develop a plan that strives to improve upon them into the future. By utilizing the synergistic “Connecting Bridges” approach, our law enforcement agencies and the people they serve will seek to partner in building mutual trust and respect through understanding of one another while emphasizing the delivery of public safety in a professional, courteous, empathetic, and sensitive way. This will be accomplished if we collectively demand that human dignity for all is the intrinsic goal for the sustained success of these efforts.”

“Sheriff Brian Schenck and I are asking the public to utilize the Cayuga County website to document feedback on this Draft Plan. The following link will take you to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department page,” Legislature Chair Aileen McNabb-Coleman said. “Your feedback is very important in this process and we encourage your participation. Sheriff Brian Schenck and I were encouraged to see the amount of surveys completed as part of this mandate and we hope you will continue to offer your feedback on this Draft Plan. After considering public comment, the Cayuga County Legislature is holding a Special Legislature Meeting to review the final document, the commitments being made, and the process for evaluation. This meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m.”