Essex Sheriff's Office hosts panel on racial sensitivity

February, 2021

ELIZABETHTOWN | The Essex County Sheriff’s Department has begun collecting input on a state-ordered project to ensure that all members of the community are treated justly, regardless of race or minority status.

Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police last summer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order mandating that all local policing departments assess their practices and take steps to ensure that the communities they serve are not at risk of similar situations.

At a virtual panel discussion Thursday (Feb. 11), Sheriff Dave Reynolds said his department runs on policies that demand equal treatment and emphasize service in the community.

The issue of racial justice seldom comes up, however, because “being in the North Country we’re not a very diverse area,” Reynold said.

But Nicky Hylton-Patterson, executive of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, said racial training and cultural preparedness are still necessary for those times that white officers encounter people of color so they “can respond in ways that are racially sensitive.”

Reynolds said that diversity training has not typically been available locally, but that “we would like working with the Diversity Initiative” and “any training you can give us we would be open to.”

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