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Reimagine Police

WAMC's Jackie Orchard interviewing Officer Devin Anderson on a Friday night ride-along.
Officer Steve Smith / APD

Following the May death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police custody – Albany experienced a slew of protests and riots, New York repealed a law that restricted access to police disciplinary records and a statewide mandate to reimagine policing was instituted. To learn how these events have impacted policing in New York’s capital city, I rode along with an Albany Police lieutenant and spoke with a local Black rights activist.

Schenectady Police headquarters
Lucas Willard / WAMC

A push is on to organize discussions in Schenectady to “reimagine” policing, under a directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The Saratoga Springs Police Reform Task Force
Lucas Willard / WAMC

The City of Saratoga Springs kicked off a series of community meetings last night on reimagining police, under a directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The City of Albany held its first meeting last night under the Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, in accordance with a state directive from Governor Andrew Cuomo to “reimagine” police departments.

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Between now and April 2021, New York communities are being asked to “reinvent” their police departments, under a directive issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard asked public officials in Schenectady for their thoughts on the policy.