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Ossining police chief using ‘8 Can’t Wait’ policies as inspiration for department

He said his 61-member force is all about rebuilding community relationships and keeping the public's trust.

News 12 Staff

Jun 14, 2020, 1:22 AM

Updated 1,469 days ago

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Ossining Police Chief Kevin Sylvester told News 12 that the current unrest across the nation has given the department a chance to “take a hard look at things.”
He said his 61-member force is all about rebuilding community relationships and keeping the public's trust.
"It’s important to have these policies in writing, so officers are aware of their responsibilities and so the community can have confidence in us,” said Chief Sylvester.
He said that the department is using the "8 Can't Wait" social media campaign as inspiration, which addresses use of force and requires a police warning before shooing.
It also makes it an officer's duty to intervene when other officers are violating policy and bans shooting at moving vehicles.
He said the concepts were always part of the training – but this week it became "mandatory department policy."
"These are more of a reflection of the way we've done business for as long as I've been here," said the chief, who added that his department is already implementing policies outlined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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