Chief of Police
Salt Lake City Police Department
June 1, 2011
For Immediate Release
Chief Burbank Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Actions
“I applaud Governor Cuomo’s move to suspend New York State’s participation in the Federal Secure Communities Program. The Secure Communities program combined with misguided state legislation has promoted a shift in local law enforcement’s mission across the country and driven a wedge between the police and the public. The resulting priority adjustment places emphasis upon civil immigration action over community policing and all criminal enforcement.
The conceit of the program is its intention to target serious criminal offenders.
Unfortunately, community members and traffic violators are often more significantly impacted than violent offenders. We in law enforcement must safeguard community trust. Without the support and participation of the neighborhoods in which we serve, we cannot provide adequate public safety and maintain the well-being of our nation. As Governor Cuomo appropriately asserts, the Secure Communities Program has not had its intended effect and we have experienced more negative consequences than positive.”