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City Partners with Promise Neighborhood and Berkshire Taconic on Police Reform

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) awards a $2,200 grant to the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood to expand on the work of Mayor Johnson’s Police Advisory and Reconciliation Commission (PARC). The grant will help fund programs that engage Hudson residents to examine topics such as trust between police and citizens, incidents of misconduct or brutality, and the police response to mental health and substance use issues.

The grant is part of the Bridging Divides, Healing Communities initiative to support community-building activities aimed at strengthening relationships and trust at the local level, especially among people who hold different points of view or come from different backgrounds. Funding the work of PARC is one of twenty-one grants in four counties that received funding.

PARC advises the Mayor on equality, social justice, violence reduction, and accountability related to all interactions with the community, its members, and the police. After a public survey and months of meetings, PARC presented its police reform recommendations. A public hearing is scheduled for February 1, 2021. PARC will continue to engage the community in order to help implement the reforms and identity new policy and program recommendations.

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