Public Oversight of Police Misconduct

Citizens Union in 2008 comprehensively reviewed New York City's policies and procedures governing the handling of alleged police misconduct and the subsequent internal disciplinary action. Members of CU, its board of directors, and staff have participated in meetings with over two dozen key individual stakeholders, including the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), City Council Members, the Police Commissioner, police officers, district attorneys, representatives of the Mayors Office, among others, to better understand and evaluate the issue. The culmination of the research and discussions was the development of a series of policy recommendation designed to improve public confidence and support for the New York Police Department (NYPD) by strengthening public oversight of police misconduct and ensuring a fairer and more independent procedure for handling complaints of misconduct. Citizens Union plans to continue to advocate for necessary changes to the civilian oversight process, as represented in the follow-up reports and position statements below.

 

    
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