Police Work Discussed
The Town of Kirkland Board met virtually Monday evening to discuss new business.
The public hearing for discussion regarding Police Reform policies was opened. Several members of the community, both new and ones who have spoken before on the topic, voiced opinions, observations, and concerns they felt about policing practices.
Town of Kirkland Administrative Officer Shawn Occhipinti addressed specific concerns such as one woman who said she saw "Blue Lives Matter" stickers on Town of Kirkland patrol cars.
Occhipinti said there were no such stickers placed on any cars in the fleet.
Several people voiced their support for the Police Department while also acknowledging their lack of a personal or cultural background directly affected by the cause of the reforms.
Occhipinti gave a detailed recap of the mandated trainings the Department undertook since the Governor's order last year. This included training on use of force.
The Board approved a $15,000 budget amendment from the Contingency fund to the Police Contractual fund.
The next Town of Kirkland Board meeting is scheduled for March 31 at 7 p.m. through Zoom.