While the fatal, race-related police shootings—which have claimed both officers and everyday citizens as victims—in Dallas, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge may seem geographically distant, their impact has resonated across the country, including here in the Hudson Valley. Both police officials and community members throughout the area have been affected by this week’s tragic events and are concerned with how relations will proceed.
In cities like Beacon amid this kind of volatile climate, consciousness of how law enforcement interacts with residents is inevitable, although there has yet to be any obvious friction as a result of the aforementioned incidents. “Resistance comes with the territory,” explains Beacon Chief of Police Douglas Solomon. “There are always going to be negative attitudes towards police to some extent, but we are hoping that it is kept at a minimum in our community.”
Solomon adds that his team—in a mindset one hopes is reflective of the region at large—will continue to conduct themselves as they always have: without prejudice and with upstanding accountability. Though he stopped short of saying whether added measures in light of current events will be set in place.
“I think making sure [Beacon] feels safe has been an ongoing effort here,” he comments. “We are an accredited agency with a solid set of policies, procedures, and several layers of supervision. I’m confident in the way we operate with the best interests of the community in mind.”
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