Utica police reform committee still accepting feedback from community

The Resource Center for Independent Living held a forum to discuss Utica’s police reform plan, which needs to be approved by the state by April 1.

Posted: Mar 9, 2021 11:01 AM

UTICA, N.Y. – The Resource Center for Independent Living held a forum to discuss Utica’s police reform plan, which needs to be approved by the state by April 1.

The Utica Police Reform Committee developed the plan, which identifies ways to improve law enforcement policies and procedures.

The plan also details existing programs and initiatives that were created to help with emergency response, like working with the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team from The Neighborhood Center. The team responds to crises to provide mental health assessments and assist in de-escalating intense situations.

“One of our best partners is the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team. We're going to have an officer dedicated solely...work solely on mental health issues,” said Utica Police Chief Mark Williams.

To view the full plan and all of the suggested improvements, click here.

Comments on the plan can be sent to: policereform@cityofutica.com.

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