As Mayor, I will work with the City Council to create a Holyoke Police Commission. The Commission will set overall policy while the Chief of Police will manage the daily operations of the Department and implement the Commission’s policies and goals. The Commission will serve as the citizens’ voice in police affairs and as a means of ensuring more responsive and effective City government.
The Commissioners’ concerns will be reflective of the community-at-large, and their priorities should include implementing recommended reforms, improving service to the public by the Department, reducing crime and the fear of crime, and initiating, implementing and supporting community policing programs.
Community and Neighborhood-Oriented Policing:
As Mayor, I will focus the Police Department on bringing neighborhood-oriented policing into the 21st Century in order to build relationships between residents and officers. In addition to their traditional role of arresting suspects after the commission of a crime, police officers will work closely with neighborhood civic associations, business associations, neighborhood representatives and others to identify and address crime issues with a focus on preventing crimes before they happen. All elements of our City must pull together if we are to deal effectively with the unacceptable level of crime claiming our neighborhoods. Officers will be directed to speak to neighborhood groups, participate in business and civic events, consult with social agencies and take part in education programs for school children.