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Pittsfield Police Advisory And Review Board Seeks City Guidance

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The Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Advisory and Review Board will attempt to clarify its function at its meeting next week.

The board, which first met in April, has been undergoing training since then to understand the practices and policies of the city’s police department. But board member Drew Herzig, who represents Pittsfield’s Human Rights Commission, says it’s calling on the city to better understand its own practices and policies.

“The city solicitor has drafted some basically rules of order for us and our chair Ellen Maxon will be distributing those materials at our Tuesday meeting and then we will take them home, review them, and bring them back to our next meeting to discuss whether we can adopt them, if we need to amend them,” Herzig told WAMC.

The meeting – which is open to the public – is at city hall at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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