Town of Cicero establishes police study committee

Weekly Monday night meetings to begin April 19

In accordance with Cicero Supervisor Judy Boyke's request for internal department reviews, the town's Police Study Committee will begin meeting Monday April 19 each week until a completed report is submitted in August.

In hopes of identifying areas of the town that can save money with shared services and consolidation, Boyke said a study like this one will be pertinent to the town's future.

The meetings will be closed to the public as the nine-person committee and its chairperson, John Winters, are hoping to establish a "non-emotional and non-political committee."

Winters, a resident of Bridgeport, volunteered to be on the committee, as well as be the group's leader.

"I'm good at getting a consensus among people," Winters said.

The members of the committee were chosen according to their ability to be "open-minded," and to enter the committee without any "preconceived notions."

Until the committee's report is completed, Winters said he and the committee members have promised to uphold the unbiased outlook.

Winters said the committee will study all aspects of the Cicero Police Department.

"We need to align the needs of the community and look for places that overlap," Winters said. "At the town level, everything is about services, so if residents are willing to support services they have to pay for them with their dollars."

Supervisor Boyke said Winters will create and maintain a mission statement for the committee, of which she said will be upheld for the benefit of the town.

Although the committee has been established, Boyke said concerned community members should still submit suggestions to Winters for consideration.

First and foremost, the supervisor said the committee should look at the town's services, and then the safety the town requires. Lastly, she would like the possibility of savings to be explored.

Winters said he will present any information he feels is "appropriate" for a presentation to the Town Board during its regular Wednesday night meetings.

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