OLEAN, NY — Mayor William J. Aiello asks residents interested in serving on two newly established committees to submit their resumes or letters of interest to him or to their aldermen.

In a press release issued Thursday, the mayor explained that the Police Oversight Committee is mandated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's June 12 Executive Order Number 203, and he added that the other is a task force created by Common Council Resolution #45-20 on June 23 for "the pursuit of diversity, inclusion and equity among community members." 

The Police Oversight Committee will review Olean Police Department policies and "offer suggestions to modify, modernize and innovate the city's policing deployments, strategies, policies and procedures and tailor them to the specific needs of Olean," the mayor said. 

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He continued, "The mission of the Police Oversight Committee will be to promote an improved police department and develop community relationships based on trust, fairness, accountability and transparency as well as reduce any racial disparities in policing."

The Police Oversight Committee will design a plan, then offer it to the residents of the city for public comment, present it to the Common Council for ratification and send it to the governor's office no later than April 1, 2021.

The structure and mission of the taskforce are under discussion and will be finalized in the near future.

“Both of these committees will be designed in a positive manner," the mayor said. "I am a firm believer that Olean is a great place to live, and the goal of these committees is confirm and/or adjust city policies to reflect that all residents are treated fairly and equitably.”

Residents have until Aug. 15 to apply for either committee.

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