Mayor Madden Announces Appointments to City’s Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative
Committee members will work with Troy Police leadership to engage public in discussions around law enforcement as part of comprehensive review of current police strategies, policies, procedures, and practices
Series of public meetings and listening sessions will be held to receive public comment, recommendations from Collar City residents
Mayor: PRRC will help explore opportunities to increase engagement between the community and police department, encourages Troy residents to add their voice to the discussion around public safety in our community
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the appointment of 15 individuals to serve on the City’s Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative (PRRC) committee. The committee consists of public safety representatives, faith and neighborhood leaders, community stakeholders, social service representatives, and city officials who will assist in development of a plan that outlines strategies for strengthening public safety in the Collar City.
Mayor Madden said, “I’m very pleased that these valued community members have agreed to participate in this important effort. Through this process we hope to explore opportunities to increase engagement between the community and the police department, and encourage Troy residents to add their voice to the discussion around public safety in our community.”
The following individuals have been appointed to serve on the City of Troy’s PRRC committee:
- Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski
- Police Chief Brian Owens
- Deputy Police Chief Daniel DeWolf
- District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly
- City Council President Carmella Mantello
- City Council Pro Tempore Ken Zalewski
- Starletta Smith, Executive Director, YWCA of the Greater Capital Region
- Renee Powell, President, Troy Branch of NAACP
- Stacey Howard, Police Objective Review Board
- Pastor Justin Relf, Rhema Revealed Ministries
- John Turi, Rensselaer County Public Defender
- Kathy Alonge-Coons, Commissioner, Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health
- Laura Bauer, Director, Rensselaer County Department of Probation
- Chris Burke, Executive Director, Unity House
- Kevin O’Connor, Executive Director, Joseph’s House and Shelter
On June 12, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring local governments across New York State to adopt a policing reform plan by April 1st, 2021.
PRRC members will collaborate with Troy Police Department leadership to engage the public in discussions around law enforcement as part of a comprehensive review of current police strategies, policies, procedures, and practices. Public feedback gathered will be used to develop a plan to increase engagement and collaboration between the community and the police department.
Meetings will be held Mondays and Wednesdays in February. All meetings will be open to the public, and residents are encouraged to participate. Meeting dates and times will be announced in the coming days, and the full schedule will be available on the City website.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all public meetings will be held remotely via Zoom and will be streamed on the City’s official YouTube page (www.youtube.com/troyny).
For more info on the committee, instructions on submitting public comment or recommendations, or to register to speak during a livestreamed public meeting, please visit www.troyny.gov/PoliceRRC.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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