Homer Police to Discuss EO-203 with the Community

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Press release from the Homer Police Department.

On June 12, 2020, the governor signed Executive Order 203, requiring each local government in New York State, which has a police agency operating with police officers as defined under 1.20 of the criminal procedure law, to adopt a policing reform plan by April 1, 2021. The plan is to rebuild the police community relationship. To do this, each local government must convene with its residents and stakeholders for a fact-based and honest dialogue about the public safety needs of their community.

Therefore, the Village of Homer and the Village of Homer Police Department are inviting village residents and stakeholders, to take a community survey. The survey was developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) with the support of ICF International and law enforcement experts. It is designed for a law enforcement agency to gather opinions and experiences from community members. The results of the survey will help with the police-community relationships.

Residents and stakeholders may come into contact with other law enforcement agencies. However, we are asking residents and stakeholders to please answer the questions thinking only of their experiences and knowledge of the Village of Homer Police Department.

The survey will be mailed out to residents and stakeholders starting this Friday, January 29, 2021. The survey will also be available on the Village of Homer website. We are asking to please complete the survey and return it to the Village Office no later than March 1, 2021.

Also, to have a better understanding of the police department, there will be a public forum on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6pm. The forum will be virtual and be presented by Chief Pitman. Topics will include the police departments operating budget, personnel, equipment, deployment and strategies, statistics, policies, and procedures. More information regarding the forum will be available soon on the Village of Homer website.