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Suffolk County Police Department - 7th Precinct Level Advisory Board - Quarterly Meeting.

John Carricato

Mar 31, 2024

Quarterly Meeting.

The 7th Precinct Level Advisory Board (PLAB) is gearing up for its inaugural quarterly meeting, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 PM. Hosted at the Longwood Public Library, this gathering marks a significant milestone in Suffolk County's law enforcement landscape, as it heralds the advent of PLABs—a pioneering initiative in New York aimed at enhancing community relations and bolstering transparency within the Suffolk County Police Department.

The quarterly meeting will feature a special presentation by the SCPD Behavioral Health Unit. The overall purpose of the SCPD Behavioral Health Unit is to promote collaboration between law enforcement and mental health services, improve outcomes for individuals experiencing mental health challenges, and enhance community safety and well-being.

It has a multi-purpose goal: 

  • Identify and link consumers who "are high utilizers" to individualized Behavioral health services

  • Reduce the involvement of law enforcement in situations where a mental health intervention may be more appropriate than a criminal justice response

  • Assist in connecting individuals in crisis with appropriate mental health services

  • Improved community-police relations

Embedded within the framework of Suffolk's 2021 Police Reform and Reinvention Plan, PLABs epitomize the department's commitment to fostering trust, accountability, and mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they serve. As part of this ongoing reform endeavor, the 7th Precinct Advisory Board is poised to serve as a vital conduit for community members to voice concerns, forge new alliances with local leaders, and broaden engagement efforts across the precinct's jurisdiction.

With a roster comprising ten dedicated members, the 7th Precinct PLAB convenes on a monthly basis, with the upcoming April 10th session representing its inaugural quarterly assembly. This pivotal gathering is primed to facilitate collaborative dialogue, enabling residents to offer insights, propose solutions, and provide valuable input to precinct leadership. Moreover, the meeting will spotlight crucial initiatives such as crime prevention strategies and interventions to combat domestic violence, underscoring the PLAB's multifaceted role in promoting public safety and well-being.

In essence, PLABs epitomize a proactive approach to cultivating enduring partnerships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. By fostering open communication channels and collaborative problem-solving, these advisory boards stand as a testament to Suffolk County's unwavering commitment to fostering a safer, more cohesive society. Join us on April 10th as we embark on this transformative journey toward a brighter, more connected future for all.

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