Re-envision Public Safety Task Force

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The Re-Envision Public Safety Task Force was formed to address law enforcement-community relations, use-of-force policies, procedural justice, systemic racial bias, and practices that may contribute to racial disparity in the community, among other issues. The task force will review current police force policies, procedures, and practices, and develop a plan for any necessary improvements, with a focus on the needs of the community and fostering trust. The Re-envision Public Safety Task Force will work to provide a comprehensive plan, which must be ratified by April 1, 2021.

The City of Kingston announced the Re-envision Public Safety Task Force in July, and announced a partnership with the Peaceful Guardians Project in August when a call was put out for task force applications. The City received about 30 applications, and with the help of Lester Strong and the Peaceful Guardians Project, interviewed applicants. After careful consideration, the appointees were announced in September, along with a schedule of public meetings. The task force will meet bi-monthly from September to March and will have four major sub-committee topics:

Use of Force & Accountability

Alternatives to Police Intervention

Police Recruitment, Training & Morale

Community Policing

At least two public feedback sessions will be held but we welcome the community's feedback at every step along the way. Please leave your comments below in the Forum section. Your input will be discussed at the next Re-Envision Public Safety Task Force meeting.

The Re-Envision Public Safety Task Force was formed to address law enforcement-community relations, use-of-force policies, procedural justice, systemic racial bias, and practices that may contribute to racial disparity in the community, among other issues. The task force will review current police force policies, procedures, and practices, and develop a plan for any necessary improvements, with a focus on the needs of the community and fostering trust. The Re-envision Public Safety Task Force will work to provide a comprehensive plan, which must be ratified by April 1, 2021.

The City of Kingston announced the Re-envision Public Safety Task Force in July, and announced a partnership with the Peaceful Guardians Project in August when a call was put out for task force applications. The City received about 30 applications, and with the help of Lester Strong and the Peaceful Guardians Project, interviewed applicants. After careful consideration, the appointees were announced in September, along with a schedule of public meetings. The task force will meet bi-monthly from September to March and will have four major sub-committee topics:

Use of Force & Accountability

Alternatives to Police Intervention

Police Recruitment, Training & Morale

Community Policing

At least two public feedback sessions will be held but we welcome the community's feedback at every step along the way. Please leave your comments below in the Forum section. Your input will be discussed at the next Re-Envision Public Safety Task Force meeting.

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