Albany officials, police speak at meeting focused on ‘implicit bias’

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A community meeting aimed at bettering the relationship between people and police was held in Albany on Friday.

The meeting took place at the Arbor Hill Community Center, a few blocks away from the area where Dontay Ivy was killed after a confrontation with Albany police in April 2015.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox were at the meeting. They both talked to those in attendance about how they think there could be a better relationship between citizens and those in uniform.

“We’re also doing procedure justice training, which is really about making sure that we give people a voice; that we recognize what’s going on,” Cox said. “We’re neutral, and we treat everybody with respect and dignity, and that’s something we want the community to take part in as well.”

The chief said he’s also working with his officers on harm reduction, which includes a new training program.

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