Diversity Initiative offers to help police meet reform mandate

February, 2021

SARANAC LAKE — In a letter to all law enforcement and local government officials in the Adirondack region, the Adirondack Diversity Initiative announced its Community Policing Initiative, designed to help local law enforcement meet the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) requirements of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 203: New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative.

Renz Consulting LLC, in collaboration with ADI’s community policing team and police liaisons, will provide resources and training to support local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to adopt policing reform plans in compliance with EO203, due by April 1.

Enrollment for the program is open until March 12. Space is limited to 60 participants. These services are being offered at no cost to agencies. The ADI is a state-funded entity based in Saranac Lake.

“At ADI we don’t do diversity ‘training’ — something with a beginning and end. We develop cultural consciousness, which is a lifelong practice,” ADI Director Nicole Hylton-Patterson said in a press release. “Cultural consciousness allows us to see ourselves as part of larger systems and structures that shape our values, beliefs and biases that are inherently human. Cultural consciousness is the groundwork of transformational justice.”

Read the full article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise