Law Enforcement Review

Law Enforcement Review mandated by Executive Order 203

of June 12, 2020

Mission Statement

Executive Order # 203

To recognize always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing cooperation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.

–Sir Robert Peel’s Policing Principles
In 1829, Sir Robert Peel established the London Metropolitan Police Force. He became known as the “Father of Modern Policing,” and his commissioners established a list of policing principles that remain as crucial and urgent today as they were two centuries ago. They contain three core ideas and nine principles.

Schoharie County Law Enforcement Review Committee Member Roster

Bill Federice                            Chairman Schoharie County Board of Supervisors

Ronald Stevens                      Sheriff Schoharie County

Dick Lape                                Chairman Law Oversight Committee

Peggy Hait                              Jefferson Supervisor Law Oversight Committee

John Leavitt                            Carlisle Supervisor Law Oversight Committee

Harold Vroman                      Summit Supervisor Law Oversight Committee

Steve Weinhofer                    Broome Supervisor Law Oversight Committee

Duane Tillapaugh                Undersheriff Sheriff’s Department

Bruce Baker                            Investigator Sheriff’s Department

Candace Ellis                          Special Projects Director Catholic Charities

Raymond Richards                 Pastor Calvary Assembly of God

October 6, 2020

Upcoming Meetings

The Law Enforcement Committee will be holding meetings to assess current Schoharie County law enforcement policies, procedures, and practices with the intent of identifying opportunities for improvement as stated in Executive Order 203 and/or affirm current policies, procedures, and practices with best practices and in the interest of our citizens.

These meetings will be held twice a month: the 1st Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. and the 3rd Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at the Schoharie County Office Building, 3rd Floor, Board Chambers, 284 Main Street, Schoharie, NY 12157.

These meetings are scheduled through March 2021.Due to limited seating, you will need to call the office at (518) 295-8347 to reserve your seat.

You can also watch the meeting via live-stream at

December 1, 2020 5:00 pm

The 6th sub-committee presentation (to fulfill Executive Order 203) with Sheriff Stevens and staff will take place on Tuesday, December 1st at 5 PM (during the regularly-scheduled Law Committee meeting) at the BOS meeting room. The notice was placed in the local newspapers that the sub-committee meetings will continue to take place twice a month (1st Tuesday of each month at 5 PM and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 3 PM at the BOS meeting room) through the end of March, 2021, unless all work related to Executive Order 203 is completed prior to that date – Agenda

December 15 3:00 pm

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December 1, 2020

October 20, 2020

Meeting Minutes

November 17, 2020

November 2, 2020

October 20, 2020 – Office of Community Services

October 20, 2020 – Social Service Presentation

October 6, 2020

September 1, 2020


November 23, 2020 – Cook

November 12, 2020 New York Associations of Counties Article

October 20,2020 LERC Comment – Stinson

October 19, 2020 Executive Order community review – Cook

October 16, 2020 EO 203 Correspondence – Kerley

October 9 2020 Lexipol Story – Stinson

October 3 2020 Mask Wearing at committee meetings – Hults

October 2, 2020 Cobleskill Documents – Stanton-Terk

September 29, 2020 Schoharie County Policing Policy Reforms – Cook

September 27, 2020 For the LE Review Comm – Stinson

September 26, 2020 LE Review – Stinson

September 22, 2020 LE Review Thoughts – Stinson

September 14, 2020 For the Law Enforcement Reform Comm – Stinson

September 10, 2020 Sept. 15 meeting – Lape

What is the N.Y.S. Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative?


Each chief executive of such local government shall convene the head of the local police agency, and stakeholders in the community to develop  such plan, which shall consider evidence-based  policing strategies, including but not limited to

  • use of force policies, procedural justice
  • any studies addressing systemic racial bias or racial justice in policing
  • implicit bias awareness training
  • de-escalation training and practices
  • law enforcement assisted diversion programs
  • restorative justice practices
  • community-based outreach and conflict resolution
  • problem-oriented policing
  • hot spots policing
  • focused deterrence
  • crime prevention through environmental design
  • violence prevention and reduction interventions
  • model policies and guidelines promulgated by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council
  • standards promulgated by the New York State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program