The People's Plan
Created by the People, for the People
The People’s Plan is a set of public safety recommendations developed by three community-led coalitions (LI United to Transform Policing and Community Safety, LI Advocates for Police Accountability, and United for Justice in Policing LI) with the input of hundreds of Long Islanders. This comprehensive plan presents 12 proposals for structural reform to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety to ensure that LI is safe for ALL Long Islanders.
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Transforming Crisis Response
Create A New Crisis Response Model for Long Island that reforms 911 responses to ensure that call-takers can adequately and holistically assess callers in crisis, creates behavioral health co-responder teams composed of clinical professionals, trained peer specialists, and unarmed crisis responders, establishes a tiered response system to match the level and type of risk posed, and includes collection and reporting of comprehensive data on these calls and responses.
Transforming Traffic Enforcement
Eliminate disparity in traffic stops on Long Island by transforming the policies regarding police traffic enforcement, exploring options for alternative unarmed traffic officers, and collecting, publishing, and analyzing comprehensive data on traffic enforcement in alignment with the STAT Act. End pretextual stops and warrantless searches during traffic stops.
Transforming the Enforcement of Hate Crimes, Non-Designated Crimes, and Incidents
Codify existing and/or non-existing policies mentioned in the plan into legislation, and LI police departments should fully implement. This includes: police must properly identify and report hate crimes and incidents; map and track hate crimes, non-designated offense, and incidents to see trends, prevent future events, and to provide an accurate picture of hate offenses in the county; communicate with the public to protect and warn communities, support the victim, their family, and the entire community; and develop rehabilitation and prevention programs with government, nonprofits and faith communities.
Transforming the Treatment and Safety of Transgender, Non-Binary, and Intersex People
Develop a policy that provides safe and respectful treatment for transgender, gender non-binary, and intersex people in a manner appropriate to the person’s gender identity and/or expression. In short, develop and implement policies that ensure gender-expansive community members receive the same treatment as cisgender people. Explicit detail is mentioned in the plan.
Ending The Use of School Resource Officers: The Case For Police-Free Schools
Eliminate the SRO program and other programs that place police officers in schools, and redeploy funds spent on School Resource Officers to build Transformative Justice programs that avoid the criminal legal system, and increase social-emotional learning programs in schools and other supports that improve student behavior by meeting students’ needs.
Transforming Police Accountability
Build an infrastructure of accountability that includes:
An Equity & Safety Task Force
Develop a permanent, County-based Equity and Safety Task Force should be created through codification. It must use an equity-informed, “continuous reinvention” framework to assess the impact of safety reforms and recommend. This means the reform and reinvention mandated by Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order is always ongoing. This task force would be research-based and would:
i. Review data on key safety indicators.
ii. Solicit community feedback and dialogue
iii. Identify best practices to ensure holistic public safety
iv. Recommend new initiatives and assess impact