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How to hold the NYPD accountable

How to hold the NYPD accountable
One of the most important and justifiable goals of criminal justice reform in New York City is to dramatically increase the accountability and transparency of the Police Department.

One of the most important and justifiable goals of criminal justice reform in New York City is to dramatically increase the accountability and transparency of the Police Department.Instead, for the last 40 years, the mayor has had a criminal justice coordinator in City Hall whose office has served to gather data and develop and try to implement policy for the entire criminal justice system, including not only the Police Department, but also Corrections, Probation, Juvenile Services, Victim Services, as well as agencies outside of the mayor’s control like the district attorneys and the court system.There has been a consistent tradition of excellence in the quality of the criminal justice coordinators and their staff during this period, and that office has achieved many notable results.During that period, the mayor has twice appointed a deputy mayor with specific responsibility for criminal justice or public safety.

During the first 19 months of the Koch administration, Herb Sturz served as deputy mayor for criminal justice, and for two years during the Dinkins administration, Judge Milton Mollen served as deputy mayor for public safety.Sturz served during an initial chaotic period that included seven deputy mayors before being demoted (at least in title) to criminal justice coordinator when Mayor Koch cut the number of deputy mayors to three.

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