Residents of New Rochelle are invited to submit applications to join the City’s new Community-Police Partnership Board (CPPB.) There’s much more information in the press release copied below. I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in this important subject to consider applying, but please also temper expectations for appointment — there are only seven positions to fill, so it will be necessary to turn away many qualified applicants.
In March, the New Rochelle City Council adopted a Policing Reform and Collaborative Plan, intended to enhance the quality, transparency and fairness of law enforcement practices in New Rochelle, while also providing our Police Department with the support and tools necessary to discharge its vital mission. The Plan contains multiple components and recommendations, including the creation of a thirteen-member Community-Police Partnership Board (CPPB).
The Board’s responsibilities will include reviewing and recommending improvements to police training, protocols and policies; examining serious incidents, and recommending a framework for the creation of a Civilian Complaint Review Board. The CPPB will be comprised of four members from the New Rochelle Police Department, one senior City staff member, one City Council Member, and seven members from the community.
The City is now receiving applications for community representatives for the CPPB through the City website www.newrochelleny.com/policing. Applications can also be submitted by mail to the City Clerk, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. The deadline for application is May 15, 2021.
Applicants should be New Rochelle residents and indicate their experiences, skills, leadership roles, and perspectives relevant to the CPPB’s duties. A majority of community members selected will be drawn from neighborhoods or demographic groups with higher than average frequency of Police interaction. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Policing Reform and Collaborative Plan in order to have a full understanding of the CPPB’s mission, responsibilities, and probable work schedule, and also to understand the broader context of New Rochelle’s Policing reform efforts.