Community Wellness Initiative
Community Wellness Initiative:
Efforts centered on Community Wellness engage individuals and community leaders in identifying systemic issues related to bias, equity and racism in their community, encourage critical thinking on the impact of local policies and programs and actively engage residents in equity and anti-racism educational opportunities.
There is a growing and urgent need for an informed and engaged public in anti-racism efforts, ADI cannot do it alone. It is critical that we build a legion of individuals and organizations across all sectors committed to, and actively engaged, in equity.
Community Policing Initiative
Goal: To strengthen the relationship between police agencies and the Adirondack communities they serve with specific focus on eliminating racial disparities that disproportionately harm Black, Indigenous (and) People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized residents and visitors by engaging in a positive process that affirms the importance of police agencies in realizing communities are safer, healthier and free of racism and inequity.
Fostering community involvement in policing
Providing expert resources to help with police reform, including meeting Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order #203
Providing Cultural Consciousness and Anti-Racism education to help realize more equitable policing.
The Community Policing initiative is a core component of the Adirondack Diversity Inititative’s groundbreaking Community Wellness Program. The Community Policing initiative was born out the Adirondack communities collective call for accountability and reform after the death of George Floyd and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order #203: New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, which states that “urgent and immediate action is needed to eliminate racial inequities in policing, to modify and modernize policing strategies, policies, procedures, and practices, and to develop practices to better address the particular needs of communities of color to promote public safety, improve community engagement, and foster trust.”
ADI has contracted with RENZ Consulting, LLC (www.renzconsulting.net) a firm that specializes in strengthening police-community relations at the state and local level and within urban or rural settings. Working with the needs of our Adirondack communities they assess the needs of all stakeholders and identify strategies to address issues head on through training and workshops supported by empirically sound, evidence-based research, in order to bridge the gap between police officers and the communities they serve.
Objectives of the Community Policing Initiative:
Reduce racial inequities in policing;
Reform and modernize policing strategies, policies, procedures and practices;
Develop and implement practices to better address the particular needs of Black, Indigenous (and) People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized communities to promote public safety, improve community engagement, and foster trust;
Increase the cultural competence of police personnel in the Adirondack Park;
Increase police- community engagement in the Adirondack Park region: and
Decrease negative relationships between police officers and BIPOC and other marginalized community members within the Adirondack Park.
The Community Policing Initiative is a commitment to work with State and local police agencies in the Adirondack region, to help them fulfill their commitment to equity and inclusion, by building stronger relationships between the agencies and diverse communities they serve. For questions on the Community Policing initiative, please contact Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org
*This initiative has been made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Lee and Nancy Keet