The City of Albany has released a preliminary audit report on racial bias concerning the police department.
The CNA consulting firm had been selected to do the audit in response to Governor Cuomo’s executive order requiring local governments to prepare a plan to address disproportionate policing of communities of color. The city is asking to hear from the community and Chief City Auditor Dorcey Applyrs hopes the audit will help create reform. The findings concluded that the department's use of force policy should be updated and be more clear for officers and that improved collection procedures for traffic stop data is needed. A total of 62 findings and recommendations are made in the report and one conclusion made is that the APD is struggling to connect with all residents through its community policing practices. A public comment period is open until Friday, November 13.