Analysis: What the Position of Inspector General Means for the NYPD

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The role of the inspector general could be the most significant oversight of the NYPD to date. Or it could be a toothless monitor that adds a layer of bureaucracy.  

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are at odds over the proposed new position – with Bloomberg warning that changes to the department could mean a reversal of historic crime lows and Quinn saying she has enough backing in the Council to override his veto.  

Little is known about the position other than it will have subpoena power and be housed within the city's Department of Investigation.

The proposed role was announced Tuesday by Quinn, the Democratic mayoral frontrunner. It comes as the NYPD is facing increased scrutiny amid unrest in East Flatbush over a police-involved shooting and as the stop and frisk policy faces its broadest legal challenge in federal court.

"We have a situation right now in this city whether we like it or not where some of the practices of the police department have caused riffs, significant riffs,  between the police and the community," Quinn said Wednesday.

WNYC’s Kathleen Horan has more on what an inspector general would mean for the NYPD, where it’s been implemented in other cities and the politics behind it.


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