Albany Law School and the Government Law Center (GLC) hosted a press conference on Oct. 31 to announce a new mediation program for the Albany Police Department and the police union.
The mediation program will be administered by the Government Law Center and the Albany Citizens' Police Review Board.
At the press conference, speakers included City of Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings, Chief of Police Steven Krokoff and Reverend Edward Smart, who is chair of the Police Review Board.
Click here to read Times Union coverage of the announcement.
Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews and GLC Director Ray Brescia also participated in the press conference.
City Code Chapter 42 Part 33, which created the Albany Citizens’ Police
Review Board in 2000, requires that Albany Law School’s Government Law
Center establish and coordinate a mediation process as part of the CPRB.
Creating the program has faced some
roadblocks in the past, but today the parties eagerly support the
program to use mediation to resolve complaints. This process will an
alternative to having complaints investigated by the Albany Police
Department’s Office of Professional Standards. Not all complaints are
eligible for mediation.
participants expect this milestone to improve the communication and
relations between the police department and the community.