UC joins local colleges to discuss "What is police reform about in the Mohawk Valley?"

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College/Community Partnership on Virtual Town Hall Feb. 11 on WKTV CBS

What is police reform all about in the Mohawk Valley?  Members of the College-Community Partnership for Racial Justice will present the results of a local public opinion survey on criminal justice as well as reforms that have worked well in other communities during a televised Town Hall meeting.  The program, "Town Hall on Racial Equity and Police Reform," will be broadcast on WKTV’s CBS channel 5 on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.

Viewers may watch the televised program or they may also register for the simultaneous webinar broadcast at community4justice.org  where they will be able to submit comments and questions addressed during the presentation.

“The racial justice movement has given us a chance to improve public safety for everyone in the Mohawk Valley,” said Frank Anechiarico, Hamilton College professor of government and founder of the College/Community partnership.  “The Partnership and the Levitt Center at Hamilton College are working with local governments to provide evidence-based solutions to problems of equity and effective law enforcement.”

The televised Town Hall webinar features two presentations by the College-Community Partnership for Racial Justice and builds upon the webinar series launched last fall (see more at http://community4Justice.org). Patrick Johnson of Safe Streets will introduce the program. Anechiarico and Professor Bernard Hyman of Utica College will present their Best Practices for Police Reform report. Professor Gbemende Johnson (Hamilton College) and Professor Veronica Tichenor (SUNY Poly) will present results from the recent community survey on policing and public safety. The television broadcast will be from 7 to 8 p.m. and the webinar will continue streaming online via Zoom and at wktv.com until 8:30 p.m.

The College/Community Partnership for Racial Justice Reform includes six area colleges – Hamilton College, Herkimer College, Mohawk Valley Community College, Pratt MWP, SUNY Poly and Utica College. The partnership was formed in 2020 with the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Frontiers Club of the Mohawk Valley, and the United Way of the Mohawk Valley to pursue constructive, equitable change in the criminal justice system locally and statewide.