SCHENECTADY COUNTY — While the city of Schenectady has been very much in the public eye as it considers possible reforms to how policing is done in the city, the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office has also been eyeing reforms, as all police agencies in the state are required to under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s June executive order.
The sheriff’s office on Thursday announced it will hold two virtual police reform and community collaboration meetings in February, to review and improve police strategies, policies, procedures and practices. The meetings will be held Thursday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 16. Both will start at 5:30 p.m.
The meetings will be structured as panel discussions to gain input from local organizations and stakeholders from the sheriff’s primary patrol area of Princetown and Duanesburg, including community groups, faith-based organizations, business leaders, public safety officials and social service organizations.
“The Sheriff’s Office is committed to fostering and maintaining trust and relationships throughout the county,” said Sheriff Dominic Dagostino. “Our agency has been actively collaborating with our law enforcement partners in developing policing measures in support of the Governor’s Executive Order. I encourage as many as possible to virtually attend one of the scheduled meetings.”
The sheriff said the meetings will explore topics including the use of force policies, procedural justice, systemic racial bias, de-escalation training and practices, community-based outreach, and Sheriff’s Office accessibility and transparency.
The meetings will be streamed live on the Schenectady County YouTube page, www.youtube.com/SchenectadyCounty.
Members of the public can submit questions in advance by filling out the form at www.schenectadycounty.com/sheriff.