Last week, Raul Fernandez was interviewed for this publication’s new video program, “BrooklineHub In-Depth.” Fernandez is a Brookline Select Board member and the Select Board’s Task Force’s chair to Reimagine Policing in Brookline. On March 2, the task force presented its final report during a Select Board meeting. At the March 2 meeting, the Select Board’s Committee on Policing Reforms, chaired by Select Board Chair Bernard Green, presented its final report.

The Select Board’s Task Force to Reimagine Policing in Brookline took a resident survey on policing, held public hearings, and met with smaller groups of community stakeholders. As explained by Select Board Member Raul Fernandez in his “BrooklineHub In-Depth” interview, the committee’s recommendation to the community is to form a new Town of Brookline department, presently called Brookline Forward. Brookline Forward would respond to various non-criminal or violent situations with a team of social workers instead of armed officers.

There will be a Select Board Public Hearing this evening to discuss the Select Board’s Task Force to Reimagine Policing and the Select Board’s Committee on Policing Reforms.

 

Task Force to Reimagine Policing in Brookline Executive Summary

Select Board Committee on Policing Reforms Summary of Recommendations

‘BrooklineHub In-Depth’ is scheduled to interview Brookline Select Board Chair Bernard Greene this week. “BrooklineHub In-Depth” can also be seen on all Brookline Interactive Group cable and online channels.

By R. Harvey Bravman