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What Exactly Would an NYPD Monitor Do?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The New York City Council approved some of the most sweeping plans in years to impose new oversight over the NYPD. There were two bills passed with a veto-proof majority. One would expand the definition of racial profiling and a second would establish an inspector general with subpoena power to recommend changes to the NYPD's policies and practices.

Proponents see the legislation as a check on a police force that's come under scrutiny for its heavy use of a tactic known as stop and frisk.

However, the law's critics, which include Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, say the measures would impinge on techniques that have decreased crime dramatically and would hamper the NYPD.

Not so, says Fordham Professor Ian Wenstein. He says he's seen no proof that an Inspector General would leave citizens less safe. And, he adds, "If there's something significant enough...that it turns out to affect police conduct on the street, there's a good chance that those are things that we the public ought to know."

To hear more of Professor Weinstein's take on inspectors general, click the audio link above to hear his interview with WNYC's Amy Eddings.

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Ian Weinstein

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Joseph Capriglione

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Comments [1]

D. Ramsey from Toronto, Canada

As a recently retired Toronto Canada officer and former Police Association Director I can tell you that the police in Toronto Canada are one of the most scrutinized in the world if not the most. I have forgotten the exact number of agencies but there are at least half a dozen different civilian police oversite groups. To suggest that this makes the TPS a better police agency is contreversial at best as there are many special interest groups who still complain that it is not enough including many acedemics who don'y live in the real world.
New York PD will definately suffer as a result of this new legislation which from the sounds of it was drafted from the mandate of one of our legislative oversite agencies. There will be scapegoats found to appease the initial onslaught of complaints and followed by a general tightening of disapline procedures resulting in less complaints, etc. etc.
After several years of this the complaints will die off to reasonable numbers and then the oversite agency will start to become aggressive in pursuing charges against officers in order to justify it's ever increasing budget and then use the increased action to demand more power.
Politicians main goal in life is to be re-elected and will pander to whom ever they can to do so, such is life. My warning to all NYPD officers is adjust or suffer the consequences because this will not go away once started. You can still get the job done you just have to be smarter about it. Good luck to you all.

Jun. 29 2013 07:28 AM

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