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Funding will help PARC continue police reform efforts

Feb 01, 2021 3:30 pm

Aliya Schneider is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Hudson Police Advisory and Reconciliation Committee will continue to oversee police reform in the city, and it is now looking to bring on new members. The group received a $2,200 grant and is expecting more funding to pursue its recommendations. PARC co-chair Joan Hunt said the group will call for letters from interested members of the community who wish to serve. Some current members will continue on the committee, but Hunt is unsure if everyone will. She estimates the group will number 12 to 15 members. Mayor Kamal Johnson heads the committee. “We want to see some more diversity,” he said. “We also want to make sure that we have a good mix of people who have had experiences with the police, but they want to help out, share and talk about their experiences and what would have made it different.” Breaking the gap between the police department and parts of the community is going to require continuous dialogue, he said. The group's meetings are not currently open to the public. Johnson said he did not attend all of the PARC meetings, but he joined when there were questions or topics to report. The funds were secured with a $2,200 Bridging Divides Healing Communities grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation awarded to the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. The money will be used for member stipends, community lunches to bring together police officers and community members and to cover Promise Neighborhood's administrative costs related to PARC meetings. NOTE: Johnson is a WGXC volunteer on-air programmer. Read the full story at HudsonValley 360 [dot] com.