This is a moment when law enforcement agencies across the nation have an opportunity and an obligation to take a hard look at racial disparities in criminal justice and consider meaningful reforms. Here in New Rochelle, we begin with a strong foundation — a PD that has long prioritized community relations and that has already taken several of the steps recommended by reformers. But even a good department can improve.
In this spirit, last night, the City Council, with Council Member Yadira Ramos-Herbert taking the lead, initiated a comprehensive review of past and current NRPD practices, including use of force policies and training protocols, while also asking our professional staff to analyze potential future steps, such as body cams, independent oversight, and enhanced community engagement. We aim to move quickly, with a report due in July that will facilitate further discussion and decision-making.
In the meantime, I have signed on to this pledge from the Obama Foundation, committing to the review and reform process described above. Important work ahead for all of us.