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City Council Proposes Inspector General for Five Boroughs

The new post would independently oversee the city's Police Department.

About two dozen City Council members are proposing a bill this week to create the office of the inspector general – someone to independently oversee the police force, not unlike those already in place in Los Angeles and Chicago – says the New York Times.

The article says that according to the bill, the office of the inspector general would “conduct independent reviews of the department’s policies, practices, programs and operations.”

According to the Times, the council members believe that with and , now more than ever, increased oversight is needed.

The inspector general would be a non-police officer appointed by the mayor, says the paper, and would have subpoena power, though how much money the office receives and who is appointed to the investigative staff would ultimately be determined by the City Council.

According to the Times, though, the NYPD believes that the proposed post is “redundant,” with department spokesman Paul Browne saying that everything an inspector general would do, the Internal Affairs Bureau already does.

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Owen June 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM
absolutley correct
Elaine June 14, 2012 at 02:49 PM
The city council should put their energy into lowering the ever growing property tax and water rate increases that affect EVERYONE who rents or owns! They should keep their noses out of the police department. The ONLY reason they are proposing this costly position and all the overpaid bureaucratic positions that will go with it is to ensure votes which is their driving motivation for everything they do.
Elaine June 14, 2012 at 02:50 PM
100% agree!
Elaine June 14, 2012 at 02:51 PM
That's right!
max June 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM
They are the best City Council that money could buy. Just ask Bloomberg!!

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