The NYPD’s current policy of “stop and frisk”, in which NYPD officers can choose to stop and frisk individuals whom they perceive to be suspicious, may be revised. This week, the City Council introduced four bills during a Committee on Public Safety Hearing on Wednesday. The bills were revisions to the current stop and frisk policy. At the meeting were council members, members of the press and activists from different sides of the issues, but there were no NYPD representatives in attendance.
The four bills that are under consideration are:
– Consent to search. This bill would require law enforcement officers to give notice and obtain written or recorded verbal consent in order to search individuals. It would also require that individuals be informed of their right not to consent where there’s no legal basis for a search.
– Bias profiling. This bill prohibits profiling by the police on the basis of age, sex, gender, immigration status, language or disability. Currently, the police are already prohibited from profiling based on race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.
– NYPD identification. This bill would require law enforcement officers to identify themselves to the public with their name, rank and the reason for the stop. Officers would also be required to provide a business card with their name and the contact information for a complaint board.
– NYPD inspector general. This bill would establish an office of the inspector general for the NYPD.
These proposed laws are only under initial consideration. There is no timetable for how long it will be until they are passed. However, public outrage about the current stop and frisk policy is high, so it’s likely that some action will be taken to change current policy.