CITY OF WORCESTER

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Monday, May 17, 2021

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 5:00 P.M.

Adjourned: 5:08 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Kathleen M Toomey
Vice Chairperson Sarai Rivera
Councilor Donna M Colorio
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Kathleen M Toomey Councilor Donna M Colorio
 
Also:Deputy Police Chief Paul Saucier City Clerk Nikolin Vangjeli, clerk
 
1.

Approval of the Minutes

1a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee on Public Safety hereby approves the minutes of the Public Safety Committee meeting on April 28, 2021.

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Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

2.

Public Participation

2a.

In order to ensure the continuation of active public engagement, the City of Worcester will now use a phone conference line for members of the public to participate in all public meetings. To participate during the public participation phase of City Council, you may call the direct line indicated: Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber - 415-655-0001 (Access Code: 160 354 5108) or enter the below URL into your web browser. If you would like to raise your hand when in the meeting as a call-in user during public participation you may dial *3. https://cow.webex.com/cow/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8817edf9273476a57f36b5bf2084de36

Attachments

No speakers were recognized during this portion of the meeting.

3.

Miscellaneous Petitions

3a.

Jasper Chin request the city's ordinance concerning "Solicitors and Canvassers" be amended to include language which would place restrictions on solicitation including but not limited to banning solicitation entirely or maintaining a "non-solicitation" list. # 8f CC September 3, 2019

In Committee May 19, 2020 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and provided an overview of previous actions taken regarding the item.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with an update on a previously requested order relative to a report relative to implementing a non-solicitation ordinance, including information concerning any costs associated with the ordinance and whether the ordinance would have an effect on individuals collecting signatures for public matters.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be placed on file.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with an update on a previously requested order relative to a report relative to implementing a non-solicitation ordinance, including information concerning any costs associated with the ordinance and whether the ordinance would have an effect on individuals collecting signatures for public matters.

3b.

Gordon Davis request the City Council establish policies for the use of police body cameras. # 7e CC February 26, 2019

In Committee August 17, 2020 - Held

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Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and discussed the implementation of a body camera pilot program and the cityís plans to use the forthcoming guidance from the State to create policies and procedures to body cameras when such guidance becomes available with the Deputy Police Chief.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be placed on file.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)

3c.

Idella Hazard request to have the city's Health Department and Police Department work in unison with the State Police lab and any and all teaching labs collecting and banking DNA from gang rape cases, in so doing, they will be able to find patterns, possibly, and able to isolate DNA's thereby making it easier to prosecute the offenders of gang rapes. # 8c CC August 21, 2018

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Chairperson Councilor Toomey read the item and discussed the cityís current policy as it relates to the collection of DNA evidence with the Deputy Police Chief.

Chairperson Councilor Toomey moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be placed on file.

Recommend File on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays (Rivera absent)