LOWVILLE — The Village of Lowville Police Department in Lewis County was recognized by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday for their proactive approach to police reform.
In June, Cuomo issued an executive order requiring all police departments across the state to consult with their communities to determine some community-based reforms to the policies and procedures.
The order was issued in response to racially-charged protests across the country against police brutality.
In response to the order, the Lowville Police hired Olio Consulting to manage their community reform efforts, according to Lowville Police Chief Randy Roggie.
The chief said Olio was hired in late November and they sent out a survey to Lowville residents this past week. Olio Consulting is based in Saratoga County.
“One of the first steps was to get a survey out,” Roggie explained. Once the results of the survey are complied after the end of the month, he said the department will eventually have an open meeting with members of the public.
Roggie said he got the idea for the consultant after hearing that another police department had hired Olio. The consultant was then approved by the Village Board
The chief said he is “happy” with the consultant’s work so far, and that, when it comes to reform, “I do not think one size fits all”.
Governor Cuomo released a statement on Sunday praising the Lowville Police department for its efforts.
“The Village of Lowville has taken this task seriously, and I commend them for moving through the process in a well thought out and determined manner. Lowville’s actions — from surveying residents to ensure their voices are heard to engaging experts on policing reform — should serve as an example for localities across the state,” Cuomo stated.
“This year, the family of New York has already seen too much tragedy, and we will not let George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Daniel Prude and too many others die in vain. These reforms will foster difficult but necessary conversations that bring police and communities together — and that lasting improvement will be their collective legacy,” the