The NYPD is not posting statistics on officer misconduct despite being required to by law.
The so-called Deployment Law, enacted in October 2016, compels the department to each year post on its website the number and percentage of active-duty officers, delineated by precinct, housing police service area, and transit district, who have had two or more cases substantiated by the Civilian Complaint Review Board in the three prior calendar years.
Require Suspension Stats
It also requires it to post the number and percentage of officers, also by stationhouse, who were suspended during the last five calendar years after being investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau, as well the number and percentage of those found by the department to have used excessive force in the last three years or arrested as a result of actions taken while on duty in the last 10 years, unless that information was sealed.
The law requires that the data be posted no later than each Feb. 1.
Although the law’s text, in paraphrase, is posted on the department’s website, just one year’s statistics, for 2016, are online.
An NYPD spokeswoman did not address why the data has not been posted, or provide a timeline as to when the statistics would be updated.
“The Department is currently working to provide updated reports,” she said in an email.
Although officers’ names would not be listed—a provision in state Civil Rights Law prohibits their inclusion with the corresponding data—Councilman Rory Lancman, who has been critical of what he has characterized as the NYPD’s caginess with regard to information, nevertheless said the deployment statistics were a good measure of a stationhouse’s overall relationship with a community.
“The public has a right to know” if “an unusually high number” of officers within a particular precinct exhibit patterns of misconduct, he said. The data is important for policymakers, including the City Council, if they are to conduct proper oversight of the department, he said.
Getting Info ‘Difficult’
Mr. Lancman, who is running for Queens District Attorney, said he believes the department is reluctant to reveal where misconduct is taking place because it will create questions about the disciplinary steps the NYPD has taken against the officers, as well as the measures taken to ensure cops are toeing the line.
The NYPD, he said, has for ages circled the wagons, disseminating as little information as possible.
“Getting basic information out of the Police Department is very difficult,” he said, adding that Mayor de Blasio has been reluctant to press the NYPD to better comply with local law.
A few months before the Deployment Law was put on the books in October 2016, the Council passed another local law compelling the department to post and to deliver to it quarterly and annual data on use-of-force incidents. Those have regularly been posted on the NYPD’s website.
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