Cities and villages throughout New York State are taking action to improve justice and equity in their communities and comply with Executive Order 203 on police policies and practices. The New York Conference of Mayors has developed the Police Reform and Reinvention webpage to provide members with additional tools and information on this subject matter.


Executive Order 203

Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 203 on June 12, 2020. Under the terms of the order, “Each local government entity which has a police agency must convene the head of the police department and stakeholders in the community to (1) perform a comprehensive review of current police force deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, and (2) develop a plan to improve such deployments, strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, for the purposes of addressing the particular needs of the communities served by such police agency and promote community engagement to foster trust, fairness, and legitimacy, and to address any racial bias and disproportionate policing of communities of color. Such plan must be adopted by the governing board by April 1, 2021.”


Accreditation and Training Resources

New York was the first state in the country to sponsor a law enforcement accreditation program. Below are links to the Accreditation Council as well as program specific information:


Policing Principles and Additional Resources

The following resources provide diverse theories and principles of policing and provide a roadmap to policy development and procedures. The four pillars of Procedural Justice include: being fair in processes, transparency in actions, opportunity for voice, and impartiality in decision making. The Task Force on 21st Century Policing was charged with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. 8 Can’t Wait, a project by Campaign Zero, seeks to move beyond policing as key to public safety and provides specific policy recommendations. The New York State Municipal Police Training Council offers direct training to sworn law enforcement officers, developing new methodologies and maintaining existing courses. The New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal offers its subscribers online training pertaining to law enforcement best practices.