Series of public forums on policing in Seneca County will take place this month

The Seneca County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaboration has announced three dates for community forums.

The events will be held Monday, September 21st at the Ovid Fire Department; Wednesday, September 23rd at the Seneca Falls Community Center; and Thursday, September 24th at the Waterloo Fire Department.

All three will be held at 6 p.m. to encourage participation.

The events are billed as an opportunity for the community to come together to discuss local police reforms regarding community policing, use of force, procedural justice, de-escalation, and implicit bias awareness.

It’s being put on by the Seneca County Police Reform & Reinvention Collaboration, which is led by local law enforcement leaders and led by the Seneca County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

“[We all agree] that although the Governor’s Executive Order 203 mandates each police agency in New York State to look at specific components of their agency, we are embracing this as an opportunity to enact positive change within our agencies,” Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra said in an email.

Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated through an executive order earlier this year that all police forces across the state come up with ways to reimagine policing by April.

Streaming platforms will be identified as a later date along with links for the public to watch remotely if they are unable to attend.