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Pittsfield Police Advisory Board Learns High-Speed Pursuit Policy

When two men came whipping into the city with police on their tail in March, residents didn't see Pittsfield Police officers hanging out the window shooting their guns off trying to blow out the tires. That only happens in movies. In fact, residents didn't see Pittsfield Police on the suspect's tail at all. Chief Michael Wynn told his officers not to because the policy of the department is that if a pursuit comes into the city from another jurisdiction, Pittsfield officers don't join unless t

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Pittsfield Police Advisory Sees First Two Internal Affairs Cases

The Police Advisory and Review Board's training wheels are coming off. The group has spent the last few months brushing up on various police policies, taking ride alongs with officers, and review two very different types of internal affairs cases. Now, the group is expected to start operating more independently, choosing officers and establishing its own procedures after begin guided by Police Chief Michael Wynn for these last few months.

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Pittsfield Police Advisory Get Familiar With Internal Affairs Process

As the Police Advisory and Review Board slowly ramps up, Police Chief Michael Wynn led the group through the process of the internal affairs process. Wynn said he expects cases to be coming to the board soon for review and at the next meeting the group intends to vote officers before the committee takes on a more active role in the meetings. Tuesday marked the committee's just third meeting since being formed and aspects of the group will be to review closed internal affairs reports and field

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New Police Advisory Committee Briefed on Public Records, Open Meeting

Even if the Police Advisory Committee recommends an officer receive discipline regarding an incident, they won't know the actual results. That's what Police Chief Michael Wynn told the group at their second meeting on Tuesday. The group will be tasked with reviewing internal affairs reports after the fact to provide some oversight of the department but it will only be privy to whether or not there was discipline issues, but not exactly what it entailed.

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Newest Pittsfield Police Advisory Group Holds First Meeting

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.

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Pittsfield Continues Police Oversight Conversation

The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement lists eight essentials for a civilian police oversight board: independence, funding, access to critical information, rapport, authority, the ability to review police policies, community support, and transparency. Igor Greenwald says the mayor's plan for such a board doesn't do that.

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Pittsfield Police Unions Respond to Allegations Made During Council Meeting

As the job of a police officer becomes "more dangerous and thankless each and every day," Igor Greenwald "belittled" the good work officers do, so says the police unions. Greenwald has been behind an effort to create a Police Oversight Committee and at a recent subcommittee shared shorties and brought others to testify about negative interactions with police. Greenwald contends there is a "a whole basket of bad apples" in the Police Department and an oversight committee to handle complaints o

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Pittsfield Considering Citizens Oversight of Police Department

Last year, Greenwald sat down with Mayor Linda Tyer, some city councilors, and City Solicitor Richard Dohoney to talk about a new committee that would have more authority. Attorneys, however, determined that Greenwald's vision faced legal issues particularly around the committee's ability to subpoena witnesses and officers. The attorneys said that it violated the Civil Service process for discipline including the rights of the accused officer. And that it could conflict with a criminal inves

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Pittsfield Petitioners Critical of Mayor's Police Advisory Committee

Petitioners behind an effort to establish a citizen's police oversight committee say the mayor's proposal is destined to fail. In the Fall, Igor Greenwald headed an effort to petition the city to create a new Police Oversight Committee. Mayor Linda Tyer has since rewritten the ordinance which created one years ago. But, Greenwald and others say the Tyer has essentially gutted the intent of it.

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Pittsfield Council Debates Police Oversight, or Advisory, Committee

The City Council agrees with having a citizen's committee to peer into the Police Department. But, it is more a matter of whose terms. That's how City Council President phrased it in the final hours of Tuesday night, as the City Council spent a lengthy amount of time on a petition from resident Craig Gaetani to establish a police oversight committee. The councilors hadn't really disagreed with the principles of such a committee, but rather, whether it should be a new committee created under t

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Pittsfield Council Looks to Restart Committee on Homelessness

The City Council is looking to reestablish a committee to address homelessness. City Councilors Melissa Mazzeo, Helen Moon, and former council candidate Edward Carmel have petitioned to update the rules establishing such a committee in 1989.

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