Kathleen Horan, Reporter, WNYC News
Kathleen Horan is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio, covering the neighborhood beat. She also reports 'Reset', an ongoing series documenting police-community relations in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
If plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy prevail, a likely outcome would be the appointment of an independent monitor. If so, the city will be the one footing the bill.
The cost of hiring an auditor has run other cities at least $1 million a year – and in New York City, which has the largest police force, it would likely be higher, experts said.
"It is a tremendous cost. … These things go on for several years,” said Philadelphia's Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who headed Washington, D.C.’s force when it hired a federal monitor in the ‘90s.
But some municipalities have reported that the cost was partially offset by a drop in the number of civil lawsuits filed against their police departments. New York City paid more than $151 million to settle claims against the NYPD in fiscal year 2012, according to the city comptroller’s office.