Suffolk task force to examine policing procedures, present plan in 2021
A new plan to reform policing on Long Island is starting to take shape.
According to Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone, a task force will examine current policies and procedures and then get input from the community and what he calls key stakeholder groups, to come up with a comprehensive policing plan for Suffolk.
Bellone says the task force is in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NYS Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. He says the task force will hold eight virtual, public meetings and one-on-one meetings with stakeholders in an effort to create a direct line of communication between the task force and the community.
"There's a bigger issue with campaign finance, the police union is a viable force. And their responsibility is to protect their union members. So, in protecting their union members, they protect all of them, sometimes they have to protect the bad ones. The money involved with getting people elected is the root of all evil in government," says Suffolk Legislator and former NYPD officer Robert Trotta.
The plan that the task force comes up with will first be presented to the Suffolk County Legislature and then to New York state by April 1, 2021.