On Friday December 11, 2015, at 1PM, stakeholders of Mt. Vernon will stand in front of the Mount Vernon Probation Office, located at 24 South 3rd Ave., Mt. Vernon, New York, to oppose the closing of the Mt. Vernon Probation Office on December 15, 2015, and the negative effects it will have on the Public Safety of Mt. Vernon.
From a law enforcement perspective, probation has long been a community based supervision alternative to incarceration and has a significant role in redirecting our youth to productive behavior within our community and reducing recidivism.
From a community perspective, without the probation office, this puts an extra burden on families that are already financial strapped to have their children travel to different cities for programs. This will result in a decline of offenders reporting and increased chances for our youth to be more exposed to criminal activity, which will put more of a burden on our local police department and ultimately our taxpayers.
Mount Vernon is a city that needs increased services and resources in all avenues of public safety, especially for our youthful offenders to battle with poverty, illicit drugs and gang activity.
By Westchester County cutting resources in this much-needed department will indeed be a threat to Public Safety to the city of Mt. Vernon and the continued criminalization of black youth.
Please join the following stakeholders and community leaders:
Blacks In Law Enforcement of America
Mt. Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis
Councilman- Elect André Wallace
Mount Vernon Independence Club
Pastor Jeffery Wheeler
Pastor Troy DeCohen