Several members of the New York City Council introduced legislation today that would create an inspector general’s office to oversee the NYPD’s policies and practices and ensure that they are consistent with the law. The legislation can be seen in some ways as a response to the continued concerns surrounding the department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, and is part of a package that would also address racial profiling and require that individuals who are stopped and frisked be provided with an explanation for the incident.
It isn’t yet entirely clear how the inspector general’s office would operate, but the bill does provide it with subpoena power. The legislation would bar current NYPD members and those who have served for the department over the past 10 years from being selected to the mayor-appointed post.
The NYPD believes such an office would be unnecessary. Paul J. Browne, chief spokesman for the department, asserts that the NYPD is “probably under more scrutiny than any other police agency, probably in the world,” and that it has already made a “major commitment” to oversight, New York Times reports.
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