NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea touts internal disciplinary record
11th November 2020

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea touted his record on improving the department’s internal disciplinary system in a lengthy statement released Tuesday.

The statement says the department has made changes to its disciplinary system based on recommendations suggested by a “blue-ribbon panel” made up of former prosecutors and judges.

Among the reforms, the statement says, was the hiring in August of a civil liaison, who will communicate with victims and families in “use-of-force cases.”

The department also created a “disciplinary matrix” that will list a “baseline” of punishments in a number of police misconduct charges.

An independent auditor will also investigate whether the department continues to meet its recommendations.

“Policing is a privilege and demands the community’s trust in knowing that officers are living up to the NYPD’s high standards for integrity, fairness, compassion and effectiveness in keeping the peace, protecting life and property and maintaining order,” Shea said in a statement.

“We ask for the public’s trust – and the public must know we are worthy of it,” he added.

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