Niagara Wheatfield Families,
RE: Police Reform Survey
I was asked by Chief Frank Previte of the Lewiston-Police Department to serve on the Lewiston Police Reform Committee. The committee was developed in response to Governor Cuomo’s July 12th, 2020, Executive Order that “requires each local government in New York State to adopt a policing reform plan by April 1, 2021.” The Governor’s office has developed the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. The collaborative process requires local governments to:
Review the needs of the community served by its police agency, and evaluate the department’s current policies and practices
Establish policies that allow police to effectively and safely perform their duties
Involve the entire community in the discussion
Develop policy recommendations resulting from this review
Offer a plan for public comment
Present the plan to the local legislative body to ratify or adopt it
Certify adoption of the plan to the State Budget Director on or before April 1, 2021
The committee is made up of representatives from the Town of Lewiston, the Village of Lewiston, the Tuscarora Nation, Lewiston-Porter Central School District, and I represent the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District. As a District, we have developed an outstanding and collaborative relationship with the LPD. Beyond the school safety enhancement with the LPD presence, the LPD has always sought to give back to our schools by sponsoring presentations and activities to enhance student life and school culture.
In order to garner wider community input, the Lewiston Police Reform Committee is asking all individuals that interact with the LPD, resident or non-resident to complete the Community Survey. Please follow the link here https://forms.gle/yhHwhYAJSewvxKVMA. The link can also be found on our webpage and on the webpages of all represented governmental entities. The link will be active through Wednesday 2/24. The committee will be issuing a final report and goal development document to the community in early March based on this feedback. The Town of Lewiston intends to adopt the plan in March based on the community feedback and recommendations of the committee.
Daniel G. Ljiljanich