Curious for the town of Cicero's input and thoughts on the Cicero Police Department, the Cicero Police Study Committee hosted three public listening sessions during the past two weeks.
Each of the sessions attracted more than 25 people, with several community members exercising their option to share both complements and criticisms about the CPD.
"The meetings convey the passion of the residents and lets committee members hear real experiences," said David Kirk, Cicero resident and committee member. "This is also an opportunity for problem areas to surface that may have gone unnoticed."
The majority of comments made at all three sessions were in favor of keeping the CPD and the current services it provides.
Overall, committee chairman John Winters, of Bridgeport, said he was pleased with the turnout at each session.
"This is a very busy time of year for a lot of people and the committee appreciates that people took time out of their schedules to share their opinions with us," Winters said. "The public input was enlightening to the committee in some regards and it will give us an idea of where peoples thoughts are at this point."
On the November ballot
During the June 16 session held at the Brewerton Fire Department, Cicero Supervisor Judy Boyke announced that the committee's recommendation would be translated into a referendum for the town of Cicero's November election.
"I really want to make sure that the public knows that the Cicero Police Study Committee will be presenting their findings on Aug. 25," Boyke said. "That will be the first time that the town board will hear the results and their recommendations as well as the public."
Both the town board and Cicero residents will have the opportunity to share further dieback on the CPD after the Aug. 25 town board meeting, according to Boyke.
Like the past two months, the committee will continue meeting in closed-door sessions on Monday nights at Cicero Town Hall to complete the study report.
The next Cicero Town Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 23.