City of Schenectady, NY
Schenectady County
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Chapter 94 Deleted
Created: 2015-01-14
Chapter 94 was deleted on March 10, 2014 by Ordinance 2014-08. See New Laws.
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Schenectady 9-16-1991 by Ord. No. 91-37. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police — See Ch. 92.
Police-Community Advisory Board — See Ch. 93.

§ 94-1 Establishment; purpose.

There is hereby established a City of Schenectady Police Objective Review Committee, hereinafter referred to as the "Committee." To demonstrate to the community that the Schenectady Police Department competently, legitimately and thoroughly investigates citizen complaints against members of the Department, the following objective review process is hereby instituted.

§ 94-2 Duration.

[Amended 11-22-1993 by Ord. No. 93-41; 3-27-1995 by Ord. No. 95-07; 12-15-1997 by Ord. No. 97-32]
The Police Objective Review Committee shall exist until further act of the City Council.

§ 94-3 Membership; terms of office; background checks.

A. 
The Committee shall consist of seven members, all of whom shall be residents of the City of Schenectady, as follows:
(1) 
The Chairperson of the City Council's Public Safety Committee, who, in the event of absence, is empowered to designate another member of the City Council to act in his or her place for any particular meeting.
[Amended 10-26-1992 by Ord. No. 92-51]
(2) 
A designated member of the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission.
(3) 
The City of Schenectady's Affirmative Action Officer.
(4) 
One member from each of the following organizations to be chosen by the Mayor from a list of two or more candidates from each of the respective groups:
(a) 
Schenectady United Neighborhoods Association.
(b) 
The Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce.
(c) 
The NAACP.
(d) 
The Schenectady Inner City Ministry.
B. 
Terms of Committee members.
(1) 
All Committee members, except Mayoral appointments, will serve on the Committee as long as they hold their named positions.
(2) 
Two of the Mayoral appointments will serve one-year terms; the other two shall serve two-year terms. Every person thereafter shall be appointed to a two-year term. These Committee members will not serve two consecutive terms.
C. 
All Mayoral appointments shall undergo a background check performed by the Schenectady Police Department.

§ 94-4 Organizations; meetings; quorum.

A. 
The members of the Committee, upon being appointed, shall convene and shall select officers, including a Chairperson, and shall establish such rules and regulations, in writing, to be maintained by the Chairperson and distributed, as amended from time to time, to all Committee members.
B. 
The Committee will meet at least once a month, on a date to be agreed upon by a simple majority of the Committee.
C. 
Committee meetings will be held at City Hall.
D. 
Four members of the Committee must be present to constitute a quorum.

§ 94-5 Powers and duties; annual report; confidentiality.

A. 
The powers and duties of the Committee shall be to:
(1) 
Perform an objective review of Schenectady Police Department investigations of police misconduct generated by civilian complaints.
(2) 
Be provided with all documents relating to an investigation.
(3) 
Return the investigation and make recommendations to the Schenectady Police Department for additional investigation.
(4) 
Request reevaluation of the findings by the Schenectady Police Department.
(5) 
Refer the matter to the Mayor and City Council, in an executive session, for resolution if the Department and the Committee fail to agree on findings.
B. 
The Committee shall submit an annual report to the Mayor and City Council setting froth the activities of the Board and to submit recommendations to the Board for changes in its structure or functions as it deems appropriate and which will increase its effectiveness in improving police and community relations.
C. 
All matters heard by the Board are confidential, and no member of the Board shall divulge any matters heard by the Board, under penalty of removal.

§ 94-6 Removal for cause.

Any member of the Committee shall be subject to removal for cause. Removal for cause shall be based upon:
A. 
The failure of a member to attend scheduled meetings of the Committee on a regular basis; or
B. 
A breach of confidentiality as set forth in § 97-5C.

§ 94-7 Administrative services.

The Mayor is authorized to provide the Committee administrative services to enable the Committee to provide notices of meetings, maintain records and files and to receive and transmit correspondence and communications.

§ 94-8 Severability.

If any part or parts of this chapter are for any reason held to be invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter.