Orange County Reimagining Public Safety Reinvention and Collaborative Plan
Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus has announced the creation of the Orange County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Advisory Panel per Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order #203 to review the Orange County Sheriff’s Office policies and practices.
This Order signed by Governor Cuomo requires that each local government entity which has a police agency operating with police officers as defined under 1.20 of the Criminal Procedure Law to convene a group of stakeholders from government and the community to perform such evaluation.
Municipalities must address policing functions, standards, and strategies; fostering community-oriented leadership, culture, and accountability; and recruiting and supporting excellent and diverse personnel.
This Advisory Panel will gather input from the public, and then make recommendations to the County Legislature to adopt the plan which then must be signed by the County Executive and sent to the State no later than April 1, 2021.
The Advisory Panel is charged with the task of developing a plan to improve the deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency with an eye toward promoting community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color. The Advisory Panel will ultimately write a plan which considers the community's needs and will recommend how the Orange County Sheriff’s Office could best meet those needs.
This website will allow for citizens to provide comments and recommendations by posing questions and comments by email, and by using the provided survey tool in this page. There is also links to attend any of a series of three virtual public meetings that will be held.
To assist in this effort there is also detailed information of the current services and practices of the Sheriffs’ Office, 911, and support agencies that assist the Sheriff’s Office in their mission.
The members of the Orange County Advisory Panel are:
- Kenneth Jones, Undersheriff Orange County Sheriff’s Office
- Kevin Hines, Orange County Legislator, Chairman Public Safety Committee
- Darcie Miller, Commissioner of Mental Health/ Social Services
- Brendan Casey, Commissioner of Emergency Services
- Stewart Rosenwasser, District Attorney’s office
- Karen Edelman-Reyes, County Attorney’s office
- Craig Cherry, Deputy Commissioner Emergency Services
- Inaudy Esposito, Executive Director OC Human rights Commission
- Gary Abramson Orange, County Legal Aid Society
- Dr. Kristine Young, President - SUNY Orange
- Colin Jarvis, Executive Director Newburgh Ministries
- Ray Rodriguez (Coach Ray), President of MyFOURmula, Inc.
- Nadia Allen, Executive Director of Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc
- Christopher Molinelli, Executive Director of HONOR
- Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Executive Director Fearless
- Julia Doellinger - Community Member
Community input and public comments will be taken into consideration in the development of the group’s final plan, which much be adopted as a local law no later than April 1, 2021.
All upcoming meetings and community engagement sessions will be available and archived at this link below.
Register for an upcoming Community Forum below:
Members of the community are invited to participate by opening one of virtual meeting webinar dates below. Advisory Panel members will be present along with invited experts and stakeholders, and all input shared in public forums will be archived and shared with working groups developing the reinvention public safety plan. Meetings will be broken down to specific topic categories.
A chat line will be available for comments or questions you may have for the panel.
Upcoming meeting dates:
Thursday, December 10th, 2020 at 6pm
Overview of Sheriff’s Office:
Staffing, Budgeting, and Equipping Your Police Department/ Community Engagement/ Fostering Community-Oriented Leadership, Culture and Accountability/ Tracking and Reviewing Use of Force and Identifying Misconduct Internal Accountability for Misconduct/ Recruiting and Supporting Excellent Personnel / Training and Continuing Education/ Support Officer Wellness and Well-being.
911 call center/ Use of non-police resources that can support Sheriff’s response in crisis intervention / Deferral of Calls for Service to Appropriate Social Services Entities/ Overview of Mental Health Services/ Targeted programs for at risk populations to reduce violence/ Community based outreach/ Support roles of non-profit organizations and religious organizations/ The role of the Sheriff’s Office in our Schools.
Thursday, January 28th, 2021 at 6pm
Smart and Effective Policing Standards and Strategies/ Law Enforcement Strategies to Reduce Racial Disparities and Build Trust/ Citizen Oversight and Other External Accountability/ Police and Citizen encounters/ Citizen Oversight and Other External Accountability/ Proactive policing measures utilized by the Sheriff’s Office /Citizen encounters/ Use of Force, Pursuit, Duty to Intervene, Crowd Control/Civil Unrest, use of specialized units/ Data, Technology and Transparency
Submit Your Input
In order to ensure we engage the public, we are seeking your feedback. You can do this by:
- Email PoliceReform@orangecountygov.com to make a comment or ask a question for the panel to review and/or submit.
- Complete the Survey questionnaire on this link and rate your experiences with the Sheriff’s office as well as provide demographic information about yourself. The survey is anonymous.
Documents for Review
- Where are we now (PDF) (overview of Sheriff’s Office primary functions, policies and practices, and community support services)
- New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative (PDF)