Independent Panel Issues Report on Findings and Recommendations on the New York City Police Department’s Disciplinary System
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 1, 2019--An independent panel of law enforcement experts appointed by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill of the New York City Police Department released its report today, setting forth its findings, observations, and recommendations on the NYPD’s internal disciplinary system.
The Panel, which includes panel chair Mary Jo White, former Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission and United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Robert L. Capers, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Barbara S. Jones, a former federal judge in the Southern District of New York and former Chief Assistant District Attorney for New York County, spent seven months examining the NYPD’s policies and procedures for investigating and disciplining officers who violate Department rules. The work was performed pro bono and independently of the NYPD.
The Panel’s 57-page report recommends reforms in four key focus areas: transparency, accountability, the appearance of favoritism and inconsistent outcomes, and unnecessary delay.
Beyond these four critical areas of focus, the Panel recommended that the Department pursue more aggressive investigation of, and stiffer penalties for, officer-involved domestic violence and instances of officers making false statements. In addition, and throughout its work, the Panel observed shortcomings in the Department’s technology infrastructure for tracking disciplinary cases and recommended that the multiple systems currently in use be streamlined and integrated into one seamless platform to manage all cases.
The report was commissioned by Commissioner O’Neill on June 21, 2018. It was provided to the Commissioner on Friday, January 25, 2019, and the Department was afforded one week to review it. The Department was not given the opportunity to provide edits or suggest changes to the report.
The Panel commends the Commissioner for opening up the Department’s disciplinary system to outside scrutiny and was honored to have been asked to provide an independent perspective on how to improve it. The Panel also expresses its gratitude to the many people and organizations, including victims of police misconduct and their families, who took the time to meet with the Panel over the past seven months and who provided invaluable information and insights. The Panel members also want to thank the many lawyers and staff from their firms who worked tirelessly in support of the Panel’s work.
Mary Jo White is the Senior Chair of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; she formerly served as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission and as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Robert L. Capers is co-leader of Arent Fox LLP’s Government Enforcement and White Collar practice; he is the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Barbara S. Jones is a partner at Bracewell LLP; she served as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for 16 years and before that as Chief Assistant to the District Attorney of New York County.
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