The job of police is to serve New Yorkers. That is why it is crucial for communities to have a strong voice in police policy, practice, and accountability. Yet too often, departments operate in secret, with few meaningful mechanisms for transparency or public input and review, and officer misconduct goes unpunished.
Police cannot police themselves. The NYCLU presses for strong civilian oversight of officers and their departments, including civilian review boards, clear disclosure of police policies and disciplinary records, and protections for New Yorkers who record police interactions.