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Police Reform

Village of Rockville Centre Compliance with New York State Executive Order 203

This plan is submitted by the Village of Rockville Centre pursuant to New York State Executive Order 203. It was developed after a comprehensive review of police force strategies, policies, procedures, and practices; and most importantly, consultation with community stakeholders. This plan will enable the Rockville Centre Police Department to continue its outstanding service to the community while working towards further reducing racial disparities in policing.

In accordance with the mandates of EO 203 and the guidance provided by New York State relating to the Executive Order, the Village of Rockville Centre engaged in a collaborative and inclusive effort with community stakeholders. Community members involved included elected officials, police department leadership, non-profit and faith-based group leaders, a member of the local district attorney’s office, a local public defender, residents who have had interactions with police, residents who have been incarcerated, local housing advocates, and other community leaders. The goal of this process was to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy between the police and the community they serve. A transparent exchange of ideas created the foundation for this plan.

In conjunction with this joint effort, the Rockville Centre Police Department conducted a full review of the Department’s policies and procedures. As a result of the input from our community, the RCPD plans to create or modify thirty different areas of our Police Manual as outlined herein. This plan reflects the Police Department’s commitment to serving all the people of our community both equally and fairly. In this plan, the Police Department addressed issues presented in the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Guide relating to transparency and racial disparity prior to the promulgation of EO 203. The Village of Rockville Centre has always held itself to high standards; the Police Department is held to higher standards than its neighboring police agencies since becoming a member of the New York State Accreditation system. Although Rockville Centre has been, in many ways, ahead of other jurisdictions regarding the relationship between the Police Department and our residents, we know we can do more. The Village is committed to making impactful changes while working towards reducing racial disparities.

Recent events which have led to unrest in our country have made it clear that law enforcement, community members, and elected officials must work together to build mutual trust and respect. The Village of Rockville Centre and the Rockville Centre Police Department acknowledge that this important work does not end with the submission of this document, but rather must be an ongoing effort to continuously
improve relations between the Rockville Centre Police Department and the community they serve.

This plan was founded on Evidenced-Based Policing, the Contemporary Policing Policies of the Rockville Centre Police Department, and the Rockville Centre Police Department’s response to recommendations found in the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Guide. It includes a Policy Review of current RCPD policies, procedures and strategies related to each topic. Following the Policy Review, the plan will describe any Modifications, Modernizations, and Innovations, some of which were implemented prior to EO 203, and others as a result of collaboration with community stakeholders. The topics were reviewed by the Rockville Centre Police Department in an effort to strengthen its relationship with the community and reduce racial disparities. Each section incorporates key questions and insights for consideration provided in the guidance issued by the New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Guide relating to EO 203.

Residents with comments, questions or concerns about the Village’s compliance with Executive Order 203 can email: policereform@rvcny.us.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE POLICE DEPARTMENT

34 Maple Ave. Rockville Centre, NY 11570

(516) 678-9384

OUR MISSION

“The Mission of the Rockville Centre Police Department is to provide quality police service to the residents and visitors of the community in a professional, courteous and committed manner”