A woman in a crowd holds a sign that contains the words Police Accountability Board. A woman in a crowd holds a sign that contains the words Police Accountability Board.

Gayle Harrison participates in a 24-hour vigil supporting an all-civilian police accountability board outside of Rochester City Hall May 2, 2019. (EMC file photo)

Rochester’s Police Accountability Board plans Q&A sessions

Beginning in April, members of the City of Rochester’s Police Accountability Board will host live question-and-answer discussions for the public on the second Tuesday of each month.

Executive Director Conor Dwyer Reynolds and Board Chair Shani Wilson will host the first live Q&A April 12 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will be streamed on the agency’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The inaugural Q&A will focus on the board’s mission and its next steps as it prepares to take on cases this year. Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance using an online form or on the Facebook event page.

“There are a lot of questions about the board, who we are, what we do and why. We are excited to be able to have the community get to know us, and the PAB will get to know the community,” Wilson said in a March 18 press release.

According to information on PAB’s website, it is an independent, community-led agency within the City of Rochester that was created in 2019 with overwhelming support from voters. The mission of the board, which comprises nine volunteer members, is to “ensure public accountability and transparency over the powers exercised by sworn officers of the Rochester Police Department.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information about the Q&A series, contact Vanessa J. Cheeks, PAB’s deputy chief of public information, at vanessa.cheeks@cityofrochester.gov.

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