Communities United for Police Reform Supports Increase in NYPD Transparency, Reported by Metro

Posted on February 4, 2019

Review of NYPD disciplinary system says dept should increase transparency

Originally Published in Metro on February 3, 2019
Written by Kristin Toussaint

The NYPD announced a slew of changes coming to its officer disciplinary system after a panel of criminal justice professionals suggested that the police department take steps to increase its accountability and transparency. Among their recommendations, the panel suggested that the NYPD release annual disciplinary statistics, appoint a citizen’s liaison to help police misconduct victims access case info and support changes to a current state law known as 50-a, which prevents the public release of the outcomes of officer disciplinary cases.

NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill convened the panel to conduct this review in June 2018. “We recognize we can always do better and that’s what this process has been about. We don’t ever fear scrutiny, we welcome it and our primary goal is to have a disciplinary system that is as fair, clear and consistent for all involved, and that’s essential to the police and public alike,” he said at a Friday news conference. “As with everything, trust is key here and it hinges on accountability and transparency.”

To activists and those impacted by police violence, the panel’s report has affirmed what they have “long known,” said Anthonine Pierre, a spokesperson for Communities United for Police Reform, in a statement: that “the NYPD’s disciplinary process lacks transparency and is fundamentally flawed.”

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