There are a few laughable reform ideas that have crossed our paths for the year 2020 leading into 2021, but this one takes the cake.
"Ithaca, NY – The mayor of Ithaca has unveiled a plan to eradicate the city’s police force and to replace it with a new Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety. According to a report, the Mayor intends to remove the current police force and replace it with “community solution workers".
Half of the agency will be unarmed, the other half would be armed and tasked to deal with criminal investigations.
Current Ithaca Police Department (IPD) officers would need to reapply in order to become a part of the Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety, The Cornell Daily Sun reported.
After abolishing the IPD and its 63 sworn officer positions, the city would use the agency’s $12.5 million budget to fund Myrick’s new agency, according to The Post-Standard.
Ithaca Police Benevolent Association (IPBA) President Thomas Condzella denounced Myrick’s plan to eliminate IPD during a press conference on Feb. 26, The Ithaca Voice reported.
Condzella said the proposal puts the community’s safety at risk and called on the Ithaca Common Council to vote against it.
“We cannot call this anything other than an attempt to destroy a highly-functioning law enforcement agency and a way for the City of Ithaca to circumvent the labor agreement with the PBA,” the union leader declared. “This is a case of union-busting, plain and simple.”
In short, it doesn't sound like reform. It does really even sound like a plan. Generally when we make plans to improve on something, they make sense. This makes no sense at all. Ban an entire Police Department, Create a new one under a different name and give the same Police an opportunity to reapply ?
That is not a plan. That isn't reform. I don't know what that is or why they think it's a good idea. The so called plan removes a police department and replaces it with a police department.