Bill S711-2013

Relates to establishing an independent inspector general of the city of New York police department

Relates to establishing an independent inspector general of the city of New York police department.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO CITIES
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO CITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S711

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the New York city charter, in relation to establishing an independent inspector general for the city of New York police department

PURPOSE: To establish an independent inspector general for the New York Police Department.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 Establishes that the commissioner of investigations shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. Requires the commissioner to obtain a security clearance.

Section 2 Requires the commissioner of investigations to produce an annual report that will be available to the public.

Section 3 Extends authority of the commissioner and each inspector general to compel witnesses to give affirmations or affidavits.

Section 4 Authorizes the commissioner of investigations to appoint an inspector general for each agency, including the police department. Requires the police inspector general to obtain a security clearance.

EFFECTS OF THE PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER: None.

JUSTIFICATION: In 1873 the Legislature established the Office of Commissioner of Accounts in response to the corruption of the Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall era. Today the New York City Department of Investigations investigates fraud, corruption, and unethical activities. The Commissioner of the Department of Investigations also approves and oversees the inspectors general for every city agency. The Commissioner has oversight over every agency inspector general with the exception of the New York police Department. Currently, police department has a chief of internal affairs who receives complaints but reports to the commissioner of the police department, not the independent commissioner of investigations.

In recent years a growing pattern of behavior has emerged from the New York police Department that inhibits public accountability and transparency. We are witness to an increase in abuses whether by individual officers or in broader policies such as stop and frisk, the treatment of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and the wholesale surveillance of the Muslim community in New York City and other jurisdictions. On numerous occasions the public has been given misinformation or misled by the police department.

The bill seeks to restore public confidence in the New York Police Department. The people and the police department will be better served by a department that is more transparent and accountable. This

legislation establishes an independent inspector general for the New York Police Department to achieve that goal.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATION: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 711 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the New York city charter, in relation to establishing an independent inspector general for the city of New York police department THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 801 of the New York city charter, as amended by local law number 59 of the city of New York for the year 1996, is amended to read as follows: S 801. Department; commissioner. There shall be a department of inves- tigation the head of which shall be the commissioner of investigation. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE MAYOR AND BY AND WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE CITY COUNCIL. The commissioner shall be a member of the bar of the state of New York in good standing [and], shall have had at least five years of law enforcement experience AND SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A SECURITY CLEARANCE INVESTIGATION BY A STATE OR FEDERAL AGENCY AUTHORIZED TO PERFORM SUCH INVESTIGATIONS. The mayor may remove the commissioner upon filing in the office of the commissioner of city- wide administrative services and serving upon the commissioner of inves- tigation the reasons therefor and allowing such officer an opportunity of making a public explanation. S 2. Subdivision e of section 803 of the New York city charter, as added by local law number 79 of the city of New York for the year 1990, is amended to read as follows: e. The commissioner shall forward to the council and to the mayor a copy of all reports and standards prepared by the corruption prevention and management review bureau, upon issuance by the commissioner. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL PRODUCE AN ANNUAL REPORT NO LATER THAN APRIL THIRTI-
ETH OF EACH YEAR. SUCH REPORT SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC UPON REQUEST AND AT A REASONABLE COST. S 3. Subdivision a of section 805 of the New York city charter is amended to read as follows: a. For the purpose of ascertaining facts in connection with any study or investigation authorized by this chapter, the commissioner, EACH INSPECTOR GENERAL, and each deputy shall have full power to compel the attendance of witnesses, to administer oaths, AFFIRMATIONS, OR AFFIDA- VITS and to examine such persons as he OR SHE may deem necessary. S 4. Section 807 of the New York city charter, as added by a vote of the people of the city of New York at the general election held in November of 1975, is amended to read as follows: S 807. Inspectors general of agencies. [No person shall be appointed as an inspector general of a city agency unless such appointment is approved by the commissioner of investigation] THE COMMISSIONER SHALL APPOINT AN INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR EACH CITY AGENCY, INCLUDING THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. SUCH INSPECTOR GENERAL SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A SECURITY CLEAR- ANCE INVESTIGATION BY A STATE OR FEDERAL AGENCY AUTHORIZED TO PERFORM SUCH INVESTIGATIONS. The commissioner of investigation shall promulgate standards of conduct and shall monitor and evaluate the activities of inspectors general in the agencies to assure uniformity of activity by them. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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