City of Beacon draft police reform report available for public comment

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BEACON – The City of Beacon, Monday, released for public comment its draft Police Reform and Modernization Collaborative Report

The report is in response to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 203, requiring local governments to produce a plan for reforming police agencies in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in May 2020. 

The goal of the report is to promote community engagement in public safety reforms and address racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color. 

The city will accept public comment at a public hearing at 7 p.m. on March 15 and will accept written comments until March 16 via email to cityofbeacon@cityofbeacon.org.

The city has held three public forums on police reform and modernization since May 2020. 

In January 2021, Mayor Lee Kyriacou appointed an 18-person committee to evaluate current police practices and draft recommendations for additional reform.