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GLC Announces New Police Mediation Program

Mayor Jennings addresses the audience after being introduced by Professor Brescia

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.

Rev. Smart, left, with Dean Andrews and Mayor Jennings

Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews and GLC Director Ray Brescia also participated in the press conference.

Albany 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. 

Press conference participants expect this milestone to improve the communication and relations between the police department and the community.