City Council to introduce legislative package aimed at reforming NYPD

City Council to introduce legislative package aimed at reforming NYPD

Moses Kuwema

 

The City Council announced Friday that it will introduce a legislative package of 11 bills and one resolution aimed at reforming the New York City Police Department.

This package is in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order in June directing New York City to adopt a policing reform plan by April 1. The Council action comes despite months of delays from the Mayor Bill de Blasio Administration to comply with the order. As the Council works to engage stakeholders and address the many issues raised by advocates and impacted communities, additional hearings and reform measures will be announced. 

“This legislative package will be just one of the steps the City Council is taking toward reforming policing,” said Speaker Corey Johnson. “It is critical that we redefine public safety and reduce the NYPD’s footprint. From mandating that the Council confirm incoming police commissioners to ensuring non-carceral interventions to community safety, this legislation will bring much-needed transparency and accountability to New Yorkers.”     

“Without transparency and accountability, we cannot rebuild trust between the police and the communities they serve,” said Council Member Adrienne Adams, Chair of the Committee on Public Safety. “That’s why I’m sponsoring legislation to require the Council to hold confirmation hearings on the Police Commissioner and approve their appointment. The Council already uses its powers of advice and consent with some of the most powerful positions in the City. It’s time the Police Commissioner gets that same level of scrutiny. Encounters between drivers and the police are too often motivated by bias and end in tragedy. We need more transparency around traffic so we better understand who is being targeted for traffic enforcement. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Council and those who have been fighting for justice for years to finally bring real change to policing in New York City.”  

The initial proposals, most of which will be introduced at the February 11 stated meeting, would reduce the NYPD’s footprint in the City and improve police discipline and increase accountability. Hearings will begin on February 8.