New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to overhaul and centralize oversight of the City’s Police Department into a newly empowered Civilian Complaint Review Board.
De Blasio made the announcement during his “State of the City” address. His new plan would allow also allow the board to independently launch its own investigations and guarantees its investigators “timely” access to body camera footage and employment records for officers.
The plan, which would require the City Council approval, aims to transfer the Commission to Combat Police Corruption and the NYPD’s Inspector General from the Department of Investigation to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. De Blasio also called for the creation of a “Patrol Guide Review Committee” that would examine “situations where no misconduct was found because the actions were within policy, but the policy itself was problematic.”
Last July, de Blasio proposed a $1 billion budget cut for the New York City Police Department.
“We are reducing the size of our police force by not having the next recruit class. We are reducing our overtime levels. We’re shifting functions away from police to civilian agencies,” de Blasio stated. “We think it’s the right thing to do. It will take work. It will take effort and we’re going to be reforming that work in the meantime.”
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