Message from the Mayor
Across the nation, we are having a long overdue conversation about race and policing in America. Racism is structural and institutional, and it is incumbent on us to eliminate it in all its forms. As Mayor, when I say “Black Lives Matter,” I must also acknowledge the outcry we have heard from the community to act locally to reform our police department. I have announced a series of actions will improve the make-up of our police department, change our policing policies and procedures, and engage our residents so that reforms are significantly informed by the community. We've created this website as part of these actions to improve trust, transparency, and accountability about policing in Racine.
Mayor's Task Force
The Mayor’s Task Force will be charged with reviewing the police department’s use of force policies and deciding if and how we should create a Citizen Review Board to investigate complaints against the police department. This Task Force will have 90 days to report out their recommendations. The Mayor’s Task Force will be made up of 8 members of the community and the Mayor. The Mayor is appointing the following community members to serve on this Task Force: Carl Fields, Danielle Johnson, Chuck Tyler, Pastor Earnest Ni’A, County Board Supervisor Fabi Maldonado, State Representative Greta Neubauer, Wally Rendon, and Yolanda Blair. The final task Force meeting is Monday, September 21st, from 1-4PM. All of the past Task Force meetings can be viewed live on the Mayor's Facebook page.
Upcoming Task Force Meetings: Monday, September 21st, 2020
Community Conversations in Police Reform
We held four virtual Community Conversations to hear from City residents about their experiences with policing in Racine, and their ideas and vision for the future of policing in our City. Thanks to all who participated in these engaging virtual conversations!
Police Reform Survey
Take just a few minutes to share your views about policing in Racine! Your input will be used to make decisions about future police efforts. Please share this survey with your networks.
Video Message from
Mayor Cory Mason
Creating Transparency In Our Policing Policies
Now, more than ever, the City of Racine and the Racine Police strive for strong, trusting community relations. This entails continued accountability, training, policies and practices. It also requires strong leadership and transparency – allowing and establishing a community of peace. Together, we can continue to build a unified, safe City of Racine for all.