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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative

Police Reform and Reinvention Collaboration

"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.   Now the committee and the Madison County Sheriff's Office will take into consideration the input they have received and a plan will now be created on how any reforms will be achieved in the short- and long-term.  We hope to release a draft by mid-January 2021.

Public Comment Period Part 1 Recap:

  • The Madison County Sheriff's Office solicited public comments via mail and online from September 15 to October 23, 2020.  We received 44 comments from Madison County residents as well as a submission from the Hamilton Area Anti-Racism Coalition. On October 30, 2020, the Police Reform Plan Committee held a meeting to review some of the questions and concerns brought up. The Madison County Sheriff's Office and the Committee want to took this opportunity to educate the Madison County community on some of the agency's practices, policies and collaborations.  
  • Public Comments submitted during Public Comment Part 1
  • Public Comments submitted by members of Hamilton Area Anti-Racism Coalition
  • The Committee has put together Frequently Asked Questions document to answer and address some of the questions and concerns raised in the comments. 

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..

If you would like to submit a comment you can either email it to policereform@madisoncounty.ny.gov or mail it to:  

Madison County Board of Supervisors
138 N. Court St.
PO Box 635
Wampsville, NY 13163

Police Reform Plan Committee:

Members:

  • 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

Press Releases:

September 15, 2020 - MC Sheriff's Office seeks public comment on police reform plan

December 1, 2020 - MC Sheriff Announce 2nd Public Comment

Resources:

NYS Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Resource Guide

Madison County Sheriff’s Mission

Madison County Sheriff’s Use of Force Policy

Madison County Sheriff’s Annual Reports

Data Driven Approaches to Crime & Traffic Safety

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