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County to Receive Federal Technical Assistance Regarding Review of Hornbrook Road Incident

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tompkins County will receive assistance from the U.S. Justice Department for a technical review of the two-and-a-half-day barricading incident on Danby’s Hornbrook Road.  That standoff ended January 2, after David Cady was found dead inside the house from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputy County Administrator Paula Younger told members of the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee that the County today received word from the Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center (BJA NTTAC) that it will honor the County Legislature’s technical assistance (TA) request. The technical assistance, which will be provided to the County at no cost, will include an after-action technical review of the Hornbrook Road incident and will identify "lessons learned" based on best practice.  The program will also assist in identifying strategies for improving community relations.

Deputy Administrator Younger said the NTTAC will first develop a technical assistance plan, a process that is expected to take 30-45 days to complete, with the entire TA exercise estimated to take six to eight months once a final plan is in place.  She said he BJA NTTAC will handle the “fresh-eye technical review” and that, in collaboration with the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center, the Center will conduct the “lessons learned” portion of the TA request, working with law enforcement and community to improve relations and begin next steps for implementing best practices based on the findings of the technical review.

Committee members expressed their appreciation to the Deputy County Administrator for her efforts in securing the technical assistance commitment from the Department of Justice.  Public Safety Chair Nate Shinagawa called it “really exciting” for the County to be able to draw upon the federal technical support.  Legislator Jim Dennis, who last month had expressed opposition to seeking potential assistance from private consultants, said he supports the DOJ technical assistance approach.