JAMESTOWN – Residents in Jamestown will have a chance this week to give their input about the Jamestown Police Department’s plan to follow New York State’s police reform initiative.
The first of seven stakeholder meetings are set to get underway on Tuesday.
Held via Zoom, Jamestown City Council Woman At-Large Tamu Graham-Reinhardt (D) says the discussions will give community members a chance to come forward and voice their opinion.
“That was kind of my way of extending it to people of the community who have not had a chance to voice their concerns or provide some inside of what they believe police reform should look like,” said Graham-Reinhardt during Monday’s City Council meeting.
The sessions start Tuesday at 1 p.m. and continue through Friday. A full list of dates and times is posted on the city’s website with participants registering beforehand.
For those who are not able to attend online, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist says other arrangements are in place.
“We want to encourage folks to go on our website or call our office, for residents that do not have access to Zoom, one of the scheduled stakeholders’ meetings is planned to be via local phone number,” said Mayor Sundquist. “People can call the Mayor’s Office at 483-7600 and ask to be put into the stakeholder’s groups.”
The reform process is part of an Executive Order issued by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo last year that requires all municipalities to take another look at their policing procedures and if needed, modernize strategies in their local communities.
So far in the process, Councilwoman Graham-Reinhardt says she has received a lot of helpful feedback.
“People have been providing very insightful information and some good things, so I think we’re well on our way to looking into something good for the city of Jamestown,” furthered Graham-Reinhardt.
The city council plans to review discussions through February with a final vote at the end of the month.
Jamestown, along with other police departments across the state, will need to submit a finalized proposal by April to continue to receive funding from the state level.