As local governments throughout the US are talking about police reform, the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office is making strides toward actually having police reform. In addition, the Sheriff's Office is working to involve the community.

According to Schenectady.com The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office is working in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s executive order to modify their department. In an attempt to have transparency in their reform process, they have scheduled meetings with community members that will be shared live on their YouTube page.

The meetings will tackle topics such as policies and practices. The department’s use of force policy is certain to be injected into the conversation as well as their de-escalation tactics. They will also talk about how they intend to handle systemic racism.

Sheriff Dominic Dagostino says his department is really committed to building trust with working relationships throughout the county. He said “The Sheriff’s Office is committed to fostering and maintaining trust and relationships throughout the county. Our agency has been actively collaborating with our law enforcement partners and developing policy measures in support of the Governor's Executive Order. I encourage as many as possible to virtually attend one of our scheduled meetings.

Hopefully, these meetings will build a bridge between law enforcement and the community. The virtual meetings will be held on Thursday, February 11 at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m.

This is our opportunity to become involved in making real change in the way law enforcement deals with the community at large.

Take advantage of your opportunity to submit questions by filling out their online form prior to the meetings. For more information visit Schenectady County Sheriff’s Website.

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