With training complete, new Williamsburg Police Advisory Board ready for next steps – Daily Press
WILLIAMSBURG — More than a year after Williamsburg’s police chief first floated the idea of forming a citizens’ advisory committee, the initiative is well underway.
Chief Sean Dunn told city council at its Thursday meeting that the committee had completed its training and was ready to get to work.
The committee, made up of six community members, seeks to “provide a forum for police and community interaction to address public safety and related issues to further improve the quality of life in our community,” as described on the city’s website.
Committee members have completed more than 40 hours of training, including classroom work, field work, firearms training and road trips.
“We had the opportunity to teach our philosophy about our use of force model, how we hold officers accountable, community policing and why it’s so important to us,” Dunn said.
After completing the training in June, the committee will hold quarterly meetings beginning in September. Meetings will include discussions about crime and issues facing the community, department policies and best practices and staff updates, Dunn said.
“I think everyone thinks it’s a good program,” said Mayor Doug Pons. “I think having a group of engaged citizens in our police service, just to get a better understanding and provide feedback, is critical to having a successful service.”
At Thursday’s meeting, the board also voted to unanimously approve the proposed vendor for the new fire station’s alert solution.
The system, which council heard an initial presentation on during Monday’s business session, is among several major updates taking place during construction of the new fire station. The $14.5 million facility, which is expected to open in the summer of 2023, will replace the old building on the same site on Boundary Street.
The contract is with US Digital Designs, which is also used by the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, New Kent and Richmond fire departments.
There is an initial cost of $274,117.63 for equipment, installation, training and an 18 month warranty. Other costs include additional equipment, for an initial full implementation cost of approximately $440,000, as well as an annual recurring cost of approximately $30,000 for periodic maintenance, repair and upgrades .
In other business, Chief Financial Officer Barbara Dameron provided a preliminary report on the end of the 2022 fiscal year. In the presentation, Dameron estimated that the city’s revenue for the year will exceed the budget forecast by approximately 1 .1 million dollars.
“City staff have a long history of managing expenses,” Deputy Mayor Pat Dent said. “As things get tighter, they are able to cut expenses while meeting our citizens’ goals and the services we provide, so I just want to say thank you to all of the city staff involved in managing the finances so that we’re able to have that positive outlook for the future.
At the end of the fiscal year, which ended June 30, Dameron reported that the city’s general fund revenues exceeded expenses by nearly $214,000, a figure that represents an expected payroll accumulation. .
Also on Thursday, City Manager Andrew Trivette announced the hiring of Yuri Adams as the city’s director of economic development, succeeding Michele Mixner DeWitt, who was promoted to deputy city manager in August 2021. Previously, Adams has Acting Director and Economic Development Specialist.
Sian Wilkerson, [email protected], 757-342-6616