HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – The Suffolk County Legislature this month will hold three virtual public hearings on plans to reform and reinvent policing in the county to give residents multiple opportunities to weigh in on the proposals.
The hearings will consider the legislature’s adoption of the reform plan for the Suffolk County Police Department and the reform plan for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, prepared pursuant to New York State Executive Order No. 203, “NYS Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative.” The order directs that each local government entity with a police agency perform a comprehensive review of current police practices and develop a plan to reinvent policing.
The public hearings will be held March 11 at 6 p.m., March 16 at 2 p.m., and March 18 at 6 p.m. Members of the public may provide testimony via Zoom by signing up on the legislature’s website. The hearings will be livestreamed at www.scnylegislature.us.
The legislature’s rules do not require such a substantial public comment period, but the legislature’s Presiding Officer, Rob Calarco, said the critically important nature of these plans calls for going above and beyond.
“These two reform plans are about our future; not only will they affect residents today, but they will also impact generations of residents long after us,” Presiding Officer Calarco said. “Essential to our due diligence as my colleagues and I weigh these reform plans will be understanding how our constituents feel about them, so we want to make sure that everyone who wants to speak has the opportunity. Meaningful change should not be instituted in a vacuum. For change to be successful – to really take hold and become a part of our community’s culture – it needs buy in from stakeholders. We are not voting on these plans until we have heard from the community.”
The hearings are being held to gather feedback from the public; legislators will not engage in debate, as per the legislature’s rules. The legislature is expected to vote on the reform plans during a special meeting to be held near the end of the month.
DATES, TIMES AND REMOTE TESTIMONY INFORMATION FOR POLICE REFORM PUBLIC HEARINGS
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 6 p.m.
Special Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature Public Safety Committee
Sign up to speak via Zoom at www.scnylegislature.us/PublicSafetyPH
Tuesday, March 16, 2 p.m.
General Meeting of the
Suffolk County Legislature
Sign up to speak via Zoom at www.scnylegislature.us/publichearing
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 6 p.m.
Testimony may also be submitted by email to Clerk.Legislature@suffolkcountyny.gov; by regular mail to the attention of the Clerk’s Office at the Suffolk County Legislature, P.O. Box 6100, Hauppauge, NY 11788; or over the phone by calling (631) 853-3685 and leaving a three-minute message.
IR No. 1149-2021
Adopting the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Reform and Reinvention Report (Sheriff):
IR No. 1150-2021
Adopting the Suffolk County Police Reform Plan Pursuant to Executive Order 203:
Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office’s Reform and Reinvention Report:
Suffolk County Police Reform and Reinvention Task Force website: