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Colleen Pillus, Communications Director
Poughkeepsie, NY… Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced his 2021 Executive Budget will include several police reforms and mental health services improvements. This announcement comes ahead of the budget release scheduled for Wednesday, October 28th. Watch a video of the announcement online.
Law enforcement reforms in the budget proposal include the purchase and use of body cameras, implicit bias and procedural justice trainings, and efforts to expand the officer candidate pool. County Executive Molinaro also re-affirmed the County’s commitment to continued improvement of its 24/7 crisis intervention services with the announcement that HELPLINE will be colocated with the 911 call center, the Mobile Crisis Team will expand operations, and the Stabilization Center’s day to day operations will be run by community partner organizations.
County Executive Molinaro said, “We have a duty here in our community to strengthen what works, fix what is broken, and come together to build a safer and freer home for all. Despite the challenges 2020 has presented us, my Executive Budget enhances our County’s mental health crisis services to be more nimble and responsive to the needs of the community, while giving law enforcement the tools necessary to protect and serve us.”
Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson said, “Everyone involved in this police modernization process has the common goal to become better and stronger as a community. The steps we in law enforcement have taken so far, and the initiatives in the County Executive’s proposed budget will go a long way to improve existing policies and procedures, and foster stronger relationships with our communities. I thank the County Executive for his leadership during the budget process and I look forward to the passage of this budget.”
Many of these changes come from the discussions and recommendations of the County’s Police Reform and Modernization Collaborative; a group of elected officials, all police chiefs, community stakeholders, county employees and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, who have been tasked with creating a unified, countywide law enforcement plan with reforms to address racial inequities and community needs. In addition to the Collaborative’s full reform plan, which will be released in 2021, County Executive Molinaro’s 2021 Executive Budget includes several pre-emptive reforms including:
County Executive Molinaro will release his 2021 Executive Budget Address online at DutchessNY.gov on Wednesday, October 28th in advance of the November 1st deadline required by the Dutchess County Administrative Code. Later that evening at 5:30 p.m., County Executive Molinaro and Budget Director Jessica White will host a countywide tele/Facebook live town hall forum. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in a live conversation about the 2021 County Budget, learn key details, ask questions and share feedback. County Executive Molinaro will also host a series of virtual 2021 Executive Budget town hall forums during the month of November.