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Pittsfield Police Chief Says Too Soon Assess Budget Cut Impact

Police Chief Michael Wynn told the Police Advisory and Review Board that it is still too soon to tell how the reduced budget will affect operations.

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Pittsfield Police Advisory Review Board to Discuss Eliminating Chokeholds

The Police Advisory Review Board will discuss possibly eliminating chokeholds at its next scheduled meeting.

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Pittsfield Police Advisory Board Reviewing Force Policies

The Police Advisory and Review Board held an emergency meeting Tuesday to go over the the current law enforcement landscape, current policies in the city, and possible changes for the future

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Pittsfield Police to Reissue Rules And Regulations

Police Chief Michael Wynn discussed two cases with the Police Advisory and Review Board on Tuesday that have prompted it to reissue rules and regulations across the board.

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Police Advisory Board Advocates For New Police Station

The board members last week discussed their recent tour of the station and were in consensus that something needs to be done about the aging facility.

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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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