Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative
"It is the mission of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office to serve the public with compassion, respect and courtesy while upholding the Constitution of the United States and enforcing the Laws of New York in order to protect the lives and property of all. To serve as an example for others to follow and fulfill the oath of our chosen profession with integrity, honor and pride. To hold ourselves to a higher standard without conceit with the goal to be a trusted community team member that preserves the rights and dignity of all and provides value to every person in Madison County."
- Sheriff Todd Hood
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division is accredited by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Of about 500+ police agencies in New York State, only about 150 are accredited. Madison County Sheriff’s Office received their accreditation in September 2019. Accreditation provides formal recognition that the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division meets or exceeds general expectations in all operations (training, fiscal management, personnel practices, policies, and records management) and acknowledges the implementation of policies that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.
Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative
On June 12, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 203 requiring each local government in New York State to adopt a policing reform plan by April 1, 2021. The Order authorizes the Director of the Division of the Budget to condition State aid to localities on the adoption of such a plan.
The New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative asks local police agencies to actively engage with stakeholders in the local community and have locally-approved plans for the strategies, policies and procedures of local police agencies. The plan must include the appropriate role of the police, but allow the police to do their jobs to protect the public. Public input on the current relationship of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office with the community is welcome. We asked for public comment so that we could learn from the community the current perspective of their relationship with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The public comment period was open until October 23, 2020. We also held an in-person public comment period on December 16, 2020 via Zoom. Since then the Committee and the Madison County Sheriff's Office have taken into consideration the input they have received and a plan was drafted. After 3 public comment sessions a final plan was drafted and was voted on and approved by the Madison County Board of Supervisors on March 9, 2021.
Madison County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan voted on and approved by the Board of Supervisors:
Madison County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Draft Plan:
The Madison County Police Reform Committee and Madison County Sheriff's Office on February 12, 2021 released a draft reform plan. The Plan focuses on a few areas where the Sheriff’s Office will make changes or has implemented new polices. After hearing from the members of our committee and residents we know one of the major areas of focus was mental health. The Sheriff’s Office over the next three years is committed to having all of its full-time deputies receive Crisis Intervention Training. CIT trains officers on how to handle emotionally disturbed individuals in a variety of situations in the community. Another focus of mental health is a call diversion policy put together by the Madison County Mental Health Department and 911, this will begin in March 2021.
The Sheriff’s Office also puts in the plan that they will look into purchasing a new records management system that makes it easier to produce reports on date and demographics. Also, the Office will report monthly to the Madison County Criminal Justice, Public Safety & Emergency Communications Committee on complaints that are filed and their outcome.
Three virtual public comment periods were held to offer the community a chance to share their comments on the plan. The comments assisted the task force in finalizing the plan.
- Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM - Here is the YouTube video of the public comment session https://youtu.be/g69vp6sd9vs
- Friday, February 19, 2021 at 12:30 PM - Here is the YouTube video of the public comment session https://youtu.be/sg5beheYtIM
- Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6:30 PM - Here is the YouTube video to the public comment session https://youtu.be/Yw7sfFeM6gM
- Link to all comments submitted in writing for the draft plan - Written Comments Task Force received about Draft Plan
If you were not able attend the public comment sessions, residents were able to submit comments via email at email@example.com or mail to P.O. Box 635, Wampsville, NY 13163. Comments until March 1, 2021.
Thank you to all who have worked hard with us to draft this plan. The Sheriff’s Office mission is “to serve the public with compassion, respect and courtesy while upholding the Constitution of the United States and New York State, and enforcing the Laws of New York in order to protect the lives and property of all.” This mission can only be achieved by always looking for ways to improve and adapt policies. This draft plan is a reflection of once again the Madison County Sheriff's Office improving upon the great work of our men and women in law enforcement.
Public Comment Period Part 1 Recap:
Public Comment Period Part 2:
Madison County Sheriff's Office and Madison County Board of Supervisors hosted an online public comment forum on December 16, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM via Zoom. Due to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in our community, this public comment period was held via Zoom as the safest way for members of our community to express their comments. Here is a link to that public comment meeting: https://youtu.be/U-zjws_0VQ4..
- Minutes from December 16, 2020 Public Comment Meeting
- Letter submitted from Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter
- Letter submitted from Hamilton Area Anti-Racism Coalition for Public Comment Meeting on 12.16.20
- Letter submitted from Susan Jenkins, Executive Director of Bridges
If you would like to submit a comment you can either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to:
Madison County Board of Supervisors
138 N. Court St.
PO Box 635
Wampsville, NY 13163
Police Reform Plan Committee:
- 1st meeting held virtually on September 14, 2020 - Meeting Minutes can be found here
- 2nd meeting held October 30, 2020 via zoom - please click here for the video and here for meeting minutes
- 3rd meeting TBD
- Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood
- Madison County Administrator Mark Scimone
- Madison County Attorney Tina Wayland-Smith
- Georgetown Supervisor Pete Walrod, Chairman of the Criminal Justice, Public Safety and Emergency Communications Committee
- City of Oneida Supervisor Mary Cavanaugh, Chairwoman of Government Operations Committee
- Captain William Wilcox, Madison County Sheriff’s Office
- Rev. Mick Keville, Crossroads Community Church
- Chris Lewis, Chairman of the Board at Oneida Baptist Church and Inmate Counselor at Madison County Jail
- Pastor Jeff Leahy, Church on the Rock
- Madison County Assistant District Attorney Robert Mascari
- Dave Desantis Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney and Representative of Public Defenders Office
- Teisha Cook, Director of Madison County Mental Health
- Brian Frank, NP with Madison County Mental Health & Madison County Jail
- Mary Margaret Zehr, Superintendent of City of Oneida School District
- Madison County Public Information Officer Samantha Field