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Newburgh Releases Draft Police Reform Recommendations

Seal of the Newburgh Police Department
City of Newburgh, NY

The City of Newburgh has released a draft plan to reimagine policing in accordance with a New York State directive.

Recommendations in the draft report include giving subpoena power to the city’s Police Community Relations & Review Board, providing alternatives to arrest for those suffering from substance abuse addiction, and increasing police training hours in community relations, implicit-bias, cultural awareness, and de-escalation.

Newburgh’s Police Chief “Butch” Amthor will present the report with city leaders ahead of a virtual public hearing on the plan Monday at 7 p.m. Those interested in providing comment during the meeting canregister on the city’s website

Under an excutive order from Governor Andrew Cuomo, communities must submit a plan on police reform by April 1st at the risk of losing state funding. 

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