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NYPD to Change How It Evaluates Officers

April 23, 2015  | 

The process for evaluating New York City police officers, which has been criticized as a quota system, is being overhauled and will soon be replaced with a less numbers-focused program, according to police officials familiar with the change.

The new evaluation program, tentatively scheduled to go into effect in mid-May, will replace a system criticized by a U.S. District judge in a 2013 ruling that found the way the New York Police Department used the stop-and-frisk crime-fighting tactic was unconstitutional

While some details about the new program were unclear Tuesday, the officials said the goal is for the system to be more focused on addressing crime conditions in the neighborhoods where officers are assigned.

Created in 2011 following a pilot program, the current evaluation program, known as Quest for Excellence, requires the city’s nearly 35,000 officers to fill out daily and monthly activity reports measuring their productivity in terms of hours worked, arrests made, summonses issued and reports prepared—including reports detailing the stop-and-frisk tactic.

“Monthly recommended levels of performance have always been used, among many other factors, to help determine officers’ annual evaluations,” one official familiar with the changes told the Wall Street Journal, adding that the evaluations are often submitted when officers apply to be on specialized details such as narcotics, intelligence and counterterrorism.

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kevCopAz @ 4/25/2015 10:01 AM

These same sort of daily and monthly evals are common nation wide and are just one way to judge an officers performance, but they should be just that one of many ways to judge an officer, not set in stone that numbers mean everything. If the numbers are consistently low then perhaps there is a reason and can be fixed but this is NOT sales and numbers are NOT the end all of good policing. Yet we need to have these numbers as part of the eval, we all know some cops that are slackers and it shows pretty well in the numbers and the attitude of those officers. ANY front line supervisor should be able to read what these signs are including but exclusive to the numbers. As any good cop knows, other then the street cop who does the work, the front line supervisor, as Non Coms are in the military, are the backbone of any department. Well trained, good street cops & bosses can make or break any department. I do not include the "number chasers" looking for the next rank.(Im NOT a boss)

DEADMAN @ 4/25/2015 6:21 PM

To be used to show short comings,lack of effort,in addition to ways to discipline officers .You can generate reports about everything you do,every inter-action between you and citizen,you and a manhole cover..Best assignments go to those who generate inter-actions,turn out the paperwork,flood them with,Today ,is everybody help an old woman across the street day,whether she wants to cross or not,or pin the tail on the mayor day.Today is leave your zone day,eat at Joe's day,assist at a parade day,20 officer in single file,catch a rodent day,whether it's a rat or a skel .This will be used inconjuction with progress discipline,to correct your seedy behavior.

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