At last Tuesday’s Montgomery Village Board meeting, Police Chief William Herlihy announced that his department is busy building its Executive Order 203 Committee.
In response to growing social unrest occurring across the nation, on June 12, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 203 requiring each local police department in New York State to adopt a policing reform plan that will maintain public safety while building mutual trust and respect between police and the communities they serve. Per the governor’s executive order, every locality must adopt a plan for reform by April 1, 2021 to be eligible for future state funding.
The committee in the Village of Montgomery will be composed of village board members as well as village residents. Once the committee is created they will have open meetings, which the public will be invited to attend. These meetings will take place in February and March before the plan is adopted.
The committee will listen to feedback from the community. If there are any issues with the department’s policy and procedures then the village board would make the necessary changes.
Residents can also provide feedback to the department via the Village of Montgomery Police Department page or by calling the Village of Montgomery Police Department at 845-457-3666. Ideas can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.