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Published by: Celeste Katz on Jan 11, 2013
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January 11, 2013
 Hon. Speaker Christine C. Quinn250 BroadwayNew York, NY 10007Dear Speaker Quinn:I write urging you to move forward on legislation empowering a new Inspector General to oversee
the New York Police Department. In light of this week’s court ruling that halted the NYPD’s use of Stop and Frisk as part of the “Clean Halls” program, it is im
perative we bring necessary oversight toensure these policing tactics are not being misused to the detriment of public safety. Effectivepolicing depends on trust and cooperation between police and the communities they serve, enabling asteady flow of leads and information, as does the safety of the men and women who put their lives onthe line every day to protect us. The unwarranted stops taking place on our streets severely undercutthat relationship. We need real accountability on stop and frisk 
and that requires innovative newpolicing strategies, monitoring stop and frisk through CompStat, and passing new City Councillegislation empowering an Inspector General at the NYPD. That legislation remains pending in theCouncil
it is time to pass it without delay.Stop and frisk is a valuable tool in the policing line-up, but its misuse and overuse in recent years hastorn at the fabric of policy-community relations. The dramatic rise in stops over the last decade
 many of which resulted in no arrest or summons
is counterproductive to public safety. To bringnew oversight, I have called for the Mayor to issue an Executive Order compelling CompStat toregularly review the quality of stop and frisks, and task precinct commanders with reducingunwarranted stops. I have also joined supporters calling for expanded use of anti-gang tactics toreduce gun violence. But there remains a need for new oversight, which would require the CityCouncil to act.The legislation pending in City Council to appoint an Inspector General at the NYPD would providetrue oversight and help assess the effectiveness of our current policies. Current bodies such as theCivilian Complaint Review Board and the Internal Affairs Bureau will continue to retain importancein reviewing individual cases of abuse, but an Inspector General would add much-needed oversightof departmental policies that have driven the unprecedented rise in stop and frisks. This is a modelused by federal law enforcement agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and by majormunicipal police departments in cities like Los Angeles. We can no longer allow New York City tobe an exception to the rule.

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