The newly created Police Advisory and Review Commission got its feet wet at its first meeting on Tuesday.
The newly crafted committee is eyed to serve as a liaison between the Police Department and the community. It is the most recent iteration of a public safety focused citizens group after a previous one fell to the wayside.
The adoption was prompted by the announced retirement of Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, who has been in his post for 15 years. However, the changes have been discussed off and on after the past administration abandoned attempts to fill the commissioner of public safety post six years ago.
The county's rate of serious traffic accidents in the Berkshires is declining faster than the state average.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Senior Transportation Planner Eammon Coughlin reported Tuesday projections that show a continual decline in the number of vehicle fatalities and serious injuries. Based on five-year rolling averages calculated each year, there has been a 17.27 percent decline in fatalities and a 15.57 percent decline in serious injuries since 2011.
The city was awarded $73,000 dollars to continue its young violence prevention programming.
On Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the next round of Charles E. Shannon Grant funding, of which $73,000 will be coming to help continue to Pittsfield Community Connection.