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Law Enforcement Review Task Force

Executive Order No. 203

Executive Order No. 203, dated June 12, 2020, entitled “NYS Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative” required a comprehensive review of police agencies with respect to their deployments, policies, procedures, and practices and the development of an improvement plan for the same. The main purpose was to address the particular needs of the communities served by the police agency and to promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color.

Pursuant to the Executive Order, Otsego County Board Chair David Bliss convened the head of the local police agency, and stakeholders in the community to develop such a plan. Certain stakeholders were required to be invited to participate including specific County public officials – Sheriff, District Attorney, Public Defender- and other local public officials as well as members of the community including interested non-profit and faith-based community groups.

Despite such a worthy and sweeping directive, no funding was provided by NYS to undertake should an important project.

Members of the Task Force
Chair Bliss named the following to the Otsego County Law Enforcement Task Force:

David Bliss - Otsego County Board Chair, Task Force Chair
Sheriff Richard Devlin
Undersheriff Cameron Allison
Ameen Aswad - Alternatives to Incarceration; Catholic Charities, Dispute Resolution Center
Ellen Leary Coccoma- County Attorney
Cameron Conover - SUNY Oneonta, Men’s Basketball Coach
Daniel Derice - SUNY Oneonta student (left Task Force after moving from the area)
Neva Fortes - Hartwick College student
John Muehl - District Attorney
Molly Myers - Fenimore Museum and Farmer’s Museum
Daniel Naughton - Probation Director
Ari Tobi- Aiyemo - NAACP
Michael Trosset - Public Defender
Daniel Wilber - Representative and Chair, Otsego County Public Safety Committee
Bryce Wooden - Member City of Oneonta Task Force, SUNY Oneonta, Counselor - Educational Opportunity Program

media release

The Otsego County Law Enforcement Review Task Force - Final Report