THE 12 PROPOSALS

Proposal 1:
Transforming Crisis Response

Crisis Response

Create A New Crisis Response Model for Long Island that reforms 911 responses to ensure that call-takers can adequately and holistically assess callers in crisis, creates behavioral health co-responder teams composed of clinical professionals, trained peer specialists, and unarmed crisis responders, establishes a tiered response system to match the level and type of risk posed, and includes collection and reporting of comprehensive data on these calls and responses.

Proposal 2: Transforming Traffic Enforcement

Traffic Enforcement

Develop an Office of Police Inspector General that is well-funded, independent, and has the authority to audit, inspect, evaluate and investigate the activities, records, policies and data collected by the Police Department, receive copies of all complaints and communications with complainants, and to track and monitor systems of complaints and investigation.

Proposal 3: Transforming Police Accountability

Civilian Complaint Review Board

Police departments must collect comprehensive data on all facets of police/civilian interaction, publish the raw comprehensive data on their websites, and hire independent vendors from local institutions of higher education to analyze the data, prepare written reports, and inform the public and county legislatures. This includes data on traffic, pedestrian and bicycle stops, on 911 calls, on use of force, complaints, police in schools, hate crimes, and language access.

Proposal 3: Transforming Police Accountability

Office of Police Inspector General

Develop an Office of Police Inspector General that is well-funded, independent, and has the authority to audit, inspect, evaluate and investigate the activities, records, policies and data collected by the Police Department, receive copies of all complaints and communications with complainants, and to track and monitor systems of complaints and investigation.

Proposal 3: Transforming Police Accountability

The STAT Act

Police departments must collect comprehensive data on all facets of police/civilian interaction, publish the raw comprehensive data on their websites, and hire independent vendors from local institutions of higher education to analyze the data, prepare written reports, and inform the public and county legislatures. This includes data on traffic, pedestrian and bicycle stops, on 911 calls, on use of force, complaints, police in schools, hate crimes, and language access.

Proposal 3: Transforming Police Accountability

Public Safety Committee Oversight

Charge the Public Safety Committee with more active and engaged oversight of police departments. Best practices include: requiring data collection, reporting of raw data to the public, and engaging in independent analysis of the data. In addition, the Public Safety Committee hold public hearings whereby the Police Commissioner is required to sit, provide data publicly, and answer questions from members of the PSC and the public about policing practices and policies.

Proposal 3: Transforming Police Accountability

Internal Affairs & Complaints

Remove complaints and investigations from the police department and create a CCRB and an inspector general’s office. Until these are in place ensure that all complaints are handled by internal affairs units and not precincts, share all complaints with the Public Safety Committee, and publish comprehensive data about complaints, investigations, and outcomes on the police department websites.

Proposal 3: Transforming Police Accountability

Liability Insurance

Mandate personal liability insurance for all officers and make it a contingency of employment. Departments should cover the average premium cost, provide reimbursement to officers whose
premiums are below the average costs, and collect reimbursement from officers whose records lead to higher premiums.

Proposal 3: Transforming Police Accountability

Right to Know Act

Pass The Right to Know Act (ID Law and Consent to Search Law) in both counties. Officers must provide their name, rank, command, date, and reason for the stop at the beginning of all encounters with civilians. They must ask if interpretation is needed and then provide it, and document all stops that do not
end in arrest. In addition, warrantless searches should not happen without signed informed consent.

Proposal 3: Transforming Police Accountability

Community Survey

Prioritize community surveys ensuring that all relevant communities are surveyed on a regular basis and that an impartial local institution of higher education is hired to develop, administer, and analyze the survey. These community surveys
must measure how satisfied people are with how they are treated by police and how police handled their issue; civilian judgments about procedural justice; and people’s experience with language assistance.

Proposal 3: Transforming Police Accountability

Use of Force

Adopt best practices, language, and training to bring Use of Force policies in line with nationally proven standards. Require officers to exhaust all alternatives before resorting to use of firearms. Require comprehensive Use of Force data reporting. Create and require a Use of Force continuum that restricts the most severe types of force to the most extreme situations and creates clear policy restrictions for each weapon and tactic, as well as require warnings prior to the use of firearms.

Proposal 4: Transforming the Enforcement of Hate Crimes, Non-Designated Crimes & Incidents

Hate Crimes

Codify existing and/or non-existing policies mentioned in the plan into legislation, and LI police departments should fully implement. This includes: police must properly identify and report hate crimes and incidents; map and track hate crimes, non-designated offense, and incidents to see trends, prevent future events, and to provide an accurate picture of hate offenses in the county; communicate with the public to protect and warn communities, support the victim, their family, and the entire community; and develop rehabilitation and prevention programs with government, nonprofits and faith communities.

Proposal 5: Transforming the Treatment & Safety of Transgender, Non-Binary & Intersex People

Transgender, Non-Binary & Intersex People

Develop a policy that provides safe and respectful treatment for transgender, gender non-binary, and intersex people in a manner appropriate to the person’s gender identity and/or expression. In short, develop and implement policies that ensure gender-expansive community members receive the same treatment as cisgender persons. Explicit detail is mentioned in the plan.

Proposal 6: Ending the Use of School Resource Officers

The Case for Police-Free Schools: Suffolk

Eliminate the SRO program and other programs that place police officers in schools, and redeploy funds spent on School Resource Officers to build Transformative Justice programs that avoid the criminal legal system, and increase social-emotional learning programs in schools and other supports that improve student behavior by meeting students’ needs.

Proposal 6: Ending the Use of School Resource Officers

The Case for Police-Free Schools: Nassau

Eliminate the SRO program and other programs that place police officers in schools, and redeploy funds spent on School Resource Officers to build Transformative Justice programs that avoid the criminal legal system, and increase social-emotional learning programs in schools and other supports that improve student behavior by meeting students’ needs.

Proposal 7: Language Access

Language Access

Develop and implement a comprehensive Language Access Plan that ensures accessibility to non-english speaking community members and provide transparent data regarding the usage of bilingual resources.

Proposal 8: Building Authentic Trust & Legitimacy

Building Authentic Trust & Legitimacy in Communities

Build authentic trust and legitimacy within communities by transforming the policies and practices of LI police departments.

Proposal 9: Technology & Social Media

Technology & Social Media

Implement best and most up-to-date practices in leveraging technology and social media platforms to promote transparency.

Proposal 10:
Hiring, Training & Education

Hiring, Training & Education

Implement a set of policies and practices that ensure diversity and accountability within hiring, and promote comprehensive training that focuses on the needs of communities in the 21st century.

Proposal 11: Officer Wellness & Safety

Officer Wellness & Safety

Implement policies and practices that ensure the mental well-being of police officers.

Proposal 12: Continued Reinvention

An Equity & Safety Task Force

Develop a permanent, County-based Equity and Safety Task Force should be created through codification. It must use an equity-informed, “continuous reinvention” framework to assess
the impact of safety reforms and recommend. This means the reform and reinvention mandated by Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order is always ongoing. This task force would be research-based and would:

i. Review data on key safety indicators.
ii. Solicit community feedback and dialogue
iii. Identify best practices to ensure holistic public safety
iv. Recommend new initiatives and assess impact