NYSACOP Statement on the 2022 State of the State Address

   The officers and members of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police are pleased to learn that Governor Hochul in her 2022 State of the State Address, has indicated her intention to prioritize public safety in 2022. We look forward to working with this administration in their commitment to using practical and proven strategies to help restore our neighbors’ sense of safety and security. Our association, with hundreds of professional law enforcement executives from across the state, stand ready to work with the Governor’s office and look forward to providing input on the process.

  We are optimistic that this moment represents a substantial step in furthering our shared mission of maintaining a criminal justice system that is fair, equitable, and keeps communities safe. These concepts should not be mutually exclusive. To that end, our association will encourage lawmakers to consider legislative action that will complement the Governor’s public safety initiatives including an amendment to the bail statute that will eliminate cash bail but allow judges the authority to consider remanding a small number of defendants based on a defined set of factors including danger to the community. We are grateful for the Governor’s partnership, and we look forward to 2022 being a safer year for every New Yorker.