Public safety is an essential and inherent role of government. The ability to provide effective public safety relies primarily on the trust and respect between the police and the communities they serve. In the wake of recent events, communities all across New York State have been tasked with self-assessing their police departments to ensure that all members of their community are treated justly, regardless of race or minority status.
Like many other municipalities, the Town of Ticonderoga has been compiling and reviewing its rules and policies for the operations of the Ticonderoga Police Department in response to this executive order and the accompanying NYS Police Reform and Reinvention Resource issued by the Governor’s Office in 2020.
Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Joseph Giordano stated, “The intent of the Governor’s Police Reform and Reinvention executive order is to be a catalyst for promoting honest and open engagement between the police department and the community it serves. It is the hope of all involved that dialogue on these matters will carry forward into the future and ultimately aid in the continual improvement of all relevant services available to the public.”
The town will then be holding two virtual meetings to obtain community feedback. The first virtual meeting to be held on March 9th at 1:00 PM will consist of a presentation outlining our police department and some of the policies highlighted in the Governor’s executive order. The presentation is geared to a selected panel of local and county-wide stakeholders who represent various organizations and communities within our town. A second virtual meeting will be held March 16th at 1:00 PM for follow-up discussion and feedback on the materials presented.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend both virtual meetings, however the live Q&A exchange will be solely amongst the stakeholders and the Town.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM (EST) Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM (EST) Registration Site You can also dial in using your phone. United States: 1-415-930-5321 Access Code: 828-112-445
The public is encouraged to submit their questions, comments or concerns to the Town Clerk at [email protected]. These will be incorporated into the second virtual meeting discussion.