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NYPD body camera program delayed by several months, court document shows

08/09/2016
amNewYork

The NYPD is taking longer than expected to get its body camera pilot program going, according to a court document filed Tuesday, because the department has yet to pick a contractor for the equipment, which could mean another six months before officers are outfitted.

The pilot program will feature 1,000 cameras in 20 precincts, and will be compared to 20 control precincts. The yearlong pilot program was ordered in August 2013.

As Mayor Touts 'Neighborhood Policing,' Questions Remain About What It Is

08/08/2016
DNAinfo

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — The NYPD's incoming commissioner James O'Neill is the perfect person for the job because he helped develop the city's expanding neighborhood policing program, where officers spend more time getting to know the communities they patrol, Mayor Bill de Blasio said when announcing O'Neill's promotion last week.

Bratton resigns as NYPD Commissioner

08/05/2016
Queens Times Ledger

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced his resignation from the department at a news conference this week where he and Mayor Bill de Blasio said NYPD Chief of Department Jimmy O’Neill would replace him in the job of top cop.

Bratton said he was leaving to take an opportunity in the private sector, which was later revealed to be the head of the risk management division at Teneo Holdings. He will leave the NYPD in September.

Change of Commissioner Spotlights De Blasio’s Record on Police Reform

08/05/2016
Gotham Gazette

Many believe that the biggest responsibility of the Mayor of New York City is to keep people safe and Bill de Blasio has largely done that, in no small part by letting his lightning-rod police commissioner, Bill Bratton, call the shots on public safety policy. The mayor has focused on pre-kindergarten and affordable housing while Bratton has governed the streets, helping bring crime down to historic lows.

Bratton's Imminent Departure Reignites Debate Around Set of Police Reform Bills with Support in City Council

08/05/2016
NY1

Police Commissioner William Bratton's imminent departure from the NYPD is reigniting a debate around a set of police reform bills with widespread support in the City Council. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the ofllowing report.

Police officers will be expected to offer a business card after searching someone and in some instances, be required to ask for permission before conducting a search at all. Both are reforms the NYPD agreed to adopt in a deal reached with the City Council last month.

NY1 Online: Panel of Activists Discusses Changing Leadership at NYPD, Hopes for Reform

08/05/2016
NY1 / Inside City Hall
Days after Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced his retirement from the NYPD, Errol Louis discussed the changing leadership at the department, plus hopes for reform, with a panel of activists: Beverly Tillery from the Anti-Violence Project, Robert Gangi of the Police Reform Organizing Project, Yul-san Liem of the Justice Committee and Jose Lopez from Make the Road New York.

Change of Commissioner Spotlights De Blasio’s Record on Police Reform

08/05/2016
Gotham Gazette

Many believe that the biggest responsibility of the Mayor of New York City is to keep people safe and Bill de Blasio has largely done that, in no small part by letting his lightning-rod police commissioner, Bill Bratton, call the shots on public safety policy. The mayor has focused on pre-kindergarten and affordable housing while Bratton has governed the streets, helping bring crime down to historic lows.

Incoming Commissioner James O'Neill says NYPD will follow Bill Bratton's lead in deal to avoid police reforms

08/04/2016
New York Daily News

Incoming Police Commissioner James O’Neill said he’ll stick to a controversial deal with the City Council on identification and search rules — prompting a clash with some police reform advocates before he’s even started the job.

O’Neill, the current Chief of Department who will take over for Bill Bratton, said he’d stick to the deal his predecessor made to avoid a vote on two bills called the Right to Know Act.

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