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NYPD Facing Prospect of 2 Watchdogs

August 19, 2013  | 

Photo: POLICE file
Photo: POLICE file
After years of burnishing a reputation as one of the nation's most potent police forces, the New York Police Department appears poised to become one of the most closely monitored.

A federal judge this week said the department made thousands of racially discriminatory street stops and appointed a monitor to direct changes. And city lawmakers are readying for a final vote Thursday on creating an inspector general for the NYPD and widening the legal path for pursuing claims of police bias.

It's a one-two punch of outside tinkering that will muddy police work, a pair of complementary steps to protect civil rights or a rash of policymaking that may end up meaning little on the street, depending on who gets asked. But from any perspective, it would be the onset of a new era of oversight for the country's biggest police department, though the impacts would be defined by particulars and politics still in play.

Read the full Associated Press story.

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Retired NY Boss @ 8/19/2013 6:49 PM

I see the 80's and 90's coming back. Maybe not as bad, but I'd be willing to bet the crime rates going to go up,up,up. So glad i retired.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/20/2013 3:25 AM

Do you ever get the feeling we would have been better off with a Nationalized Police Force like Australia. Or how the Municipal Police of Honolulu have jurisdiction throughout their many Island State. Contrary to the TV show Hawaii 5-0, Hawaii has no State Police Units. If every police officer in the USA were nationalized into a metropolitan police force then all the operating budgets would be combined into one central Administration and Officers could laterally transfer between states and agencies. Then we could eliminate the need for DOJ reviews since everyone would be properly trained in the right way to conduct themselves and they could when needed transfer to someplace different or quieter to adjust the stress levels they work under. It's just a thought and I know how agencies hate to give up control of local forces but it does seem to work well in other countries and every different kind of agency would have its own administration like now but there would be one central Upper Administration to oversee all operations. Then financial and resource challenged agencies could operate more efficiently. With that kind of block of people we could become self insured for healthcare and every Law Enforcement Officer in the nation could have excellent healthcare coverage. Just a thought. These DOJ reviews are getting tiresome and change is needed. It's really hard to do your job with your hands tied behind your back.

Howard Herring @ 8/20/2013 7:19 AM

No bad idea ever gets forgotten. I am glad I escaped from "NYPD" in 1986 after 14 years on the job. The guys on the job do a great job- leave them alone.

Marshal Fine @ 8/20/2013 7:47 AM

Ima: I couldn't think of a worse idea. First of all the issue of state's rights. We all have different laws and ways they are enforced. It would be a BIG constitutional problem, as well. The problem (if one actually exists) is the city government passing local laws the fly in the face of the constitution. I would guess it's crime profiling, not race. However, if the majority of crime happens in certain neighborhoods, someone will complain..... IT's crime, not race

wm louie @ 8/27/2013 10:33 AM

Generally speaking, the stop & frisk policy as currently administered seem to get those gangstas off the street and into the penal system a lot quicker with a minimal amount of "social disruption" and neighborhood damage. I would like to see pictures of these "misfits" be posted in public media !I also beleived that if you have the Death Penalty, then use it. Or maybe give the "convicted ones" swimming lessions in the areas known to be frequented by the Great White/Mako sharks.

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