In a letter to all law enforcement and local government officials in the Adirondack region, the Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI) announced its Community Policing Initiative, designed to help local law enforcement meet the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) requirements of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 203: New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative.
Renz Consulting, LLC, in collaboration with ADI’s community policing team and police liaisons, will provide resources and training to support local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to adopt a policing reform plan in compliance with Executive Order 203 (EO203), due by April 1st, 2021.
Enrollment for the program is open until March 12th, 2021. Adirondack region agencies are encouraged to apply early as space is limited to 60 participants. These services are being offered at no cost to agencies.
The 2021 trainings are designed to address specific requirements in EO203 including law enforcement agencies’ need to reduce racial inequities in policing; reform and modernize policing strategies, policies, procedures and practices; develop and implement practices to better address the needs of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities; increase the cultural competence of police personnel; increase police-community engagement; and decrease negative relationships between police officers and BIPOC individuals within the Adirondack region.
The consulting and training program marks the beginning of a five-year initiative to engage with law enforcement in the region, acknowledging the importance of police agencies in helping Adirondack communities become more equitable, safe, welcoming and inclusive. The Community Policing Initiative is a feature of ADI’s Community Wellness Program (CWP), and engages individuals and community leaders across three areas: Public Safety, Mental Health and Crisis Intervention, and Economic Justice.
A collaborative endeavor, CWP aims to identify and create interventions that address systemic racism and structural oppression across the Adirondack Park region. Training and resources provided through the Community Policing Initiative form a crucial component in realizing ADI’s strategic vision to make the Adirondack Park region more welcoming and inclusive for all New Yorkers.
The goal of the initiative is to develop a unique curriculum, tailored to the specific needs of each community in the Park region that supports stronger communication, engagement and relationships between public safety personnel and community members.
ADI will host three Zoom meetings for law enforcement and government officials who wish to learn more and ask questions about the initiative. The Zoom meetings are scheduled for March 3rd at 3 pm, March 5th at 1 pm and March 8th at 11 am.
Additional Zoom meetings that provide information to the general public about the policing and community wellness programs will be scheduled for later in March and April.
To learn more about the Community Policing Initiative, to enroll in the program, or to register for a Zoom meeting, law enforcement and legislative representatives are invited to visit the ADI website or contact ADI’s administrative manager Melanie Reding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of Members of RENZ Consulting and ADI’s Community Policing Team gather for a debrief meeting in October 2020. Clockwise, from front left: Ronnell Higgins, Mike Lawlor, Pete Nelson, Dr. Lorenzo Boyd, Nicole Hylton-Patterson and Clifton Harcum courtesy Adirondack Diversity Initiative.