Putnam Opens Application for Police Panel

Residents must submit form by Nov. 3

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell on Oct. 29 said that residents who wish to serve on a police reform panel that is reviewing policies and procedures must fill out an online application by Tuesday (Nov. 3).

The application to join the Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel is located at putnamcountyny.gov/policereviewpanel.

“This is a watershed moment,” Odell said in a statement. “We need community members who are willing to give their time to help develop the recommendations for the future of policing in this county.”

“This is a watershed moment,” Odell said in a statement. “We need community members who are willing to give their time to help develop the recommendations for the future of policing in this county.”

All Putnam County residents are encouraged to apply, she said, particularly those in community and cultural diversity groups, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA communities, faith-based groups, veterans’ organizations, schools and people dealing with mental-health issues.

The 21-member panel, which is chaired by Odell, includes Sheriff’s Department and local police officials, as well as legislative, county and municipal leaders. It was established in August in response to an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that requires each of the 500 jurisdictions with police departments in New York state to develop a reform plan by April 1.


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