Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that residents willing to serve with a panel that will help shape the future of policing in the county should fill out an online application by Tuesday, November 3.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced that residents willing to serve with a panel that will help shape the future of policing in the county should fill out an online application by Tuesday, November 3.

The Putnam County Police Policy Review Panel is seeking people from all walks of life who want to review existing police policy and procedures and consider recommendations for the future.  The ten-question application to serve on the subpanel can be found on the panel’s website at www.putnamcountyny.gov/policereviewpanel.

“This is a watershed moment,” County Executive Odell said. “We need community members who are willing to give their time to help develop the recommendations for the future of policing in this county. When we work together to find solutions, we make Putnam a better place to live.”

All Putnam County residents, particularly those in community and cultural diversity groups, people of color, the Latino and LGBTQIA communities, faith-based groups, veteran’s organizations, schools and mental health consumers, are encouraged to apply.

The 21- member panel chaired by County Executive Odell includes Sheriff’s Department and local police officials, as well as legislative, county and municipal leaders. The panel was established in August in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order 203, which requires each of the 500 jurisdictions with police departments in New York State to develop a police reform plan by April 1.