NY Lawmaker Wants Psychological Evaluations For NYPD Officers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson wants patrol officers in New York City to undergo psychological testing.

“Why isn’t the police commissioner of the mayor coming up with some plan to evaluate what’s going on in officers’ lives and maybe help them to prevent this from happening?” he told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.

Exactly what the evaluations would involve is up to the NYPD and mental health experts, but the lawmaker wants tests held every three years.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports

“We’re now calling for my colleagues in the State Assembly to pass this bill, that we may be able to weed out possible psychological problems of police officers,” he said.

“We’re tired of hearing case after case of police brutality and savage-like beatings and killings of our teenagers. So policy now has to be changed,” he added.

Retired officer Chuck Berkley tells Rincon that the policy could be a life-saver for officers as well.

“Just before the killing of Ramarley Graham and the beating of Jatiek Reed, four New York City police officers took their own lives,” he said.

“We need this bill. We need them to be constantly evaluated, just to make sure that everything is OK. And if everything is not, then let them get the proper treatment that they need,” he added.

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  1. lee says:

    The FBI and DEA use gang members to harass suspects. Several corrupt DEA and FBI are angry that I complained to the San Francisco Attorney General’s office. I complained that they where fabricating evidence and stealing from me. They also poisoned my dog to death.

    I do not think that the FBI or the DEA have authority, but several told me that if I did not stop complaining about the stealing, I could end up in rendition. D.O.J. employees are using the threat of rendition to extort money from suspects.

  2. PETE says:

    What we really need is psychological testing of some of our POLITICIANS. A LIE-DETECTOR – LOYALTY Test should also be mandatory, as many of them are not Americans and/or never have been!!

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  4. ella says:

    Psychiatry is a complete fraud. They made up a bunch of “diseases”, and there is no cure for any of them, and psychiatric medicines are deadly. It was invented to discredit people, and that is still what it is used for, for the most part. The cops use it more than anyone else.

  5. ella says:

    Hello, we don’t need police. The whole idea of police, and locking humans up in cages, is so barbaric. No wonder they are mentally ill. It is wrong. Cops shouldn’t be our protectors, and in reality they aren’t. They work for the corporations and they protect them, not us.

  6. Vik says:

    Best idea I’ve heard in a long time. Trouble is: they need for on the job and off. You know who you are.

  7. Q says:

    How about psychological evaluations for all the politicians…

    1. Tommy C says:

      Q,
      Great reply bro 1000% in agreement . Lets add drug testing for all politicians . Guarantee more then 3/4 are dirty. Thats the the ONLY explanation for some of the assinine things that come out of their mouths.

  8. The Facts says:

    Licensed handgun owners in New York City are re-investigated every three years. Why not all public servants with the power of life and death?

  9. NO MORE CAREERS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT says:

    Police departments as we know them need to be disbanded in this country and be replaced with a jury duty type selection where citizens are almost chosen completely at random, can serve only 4 hours per day, no more than 3 times per month, and at a salary of no more than $10 per hour. In other words: no more careers in law enforcement (like no full time officials in NFL). ALMOST ANYONE AND EVERYONE CAN BE A COP WHICH SHOULD THUS END THE “US AND THEM” MENTALITY WHICH OVER TIME HAS DEPLETED THE EFFICIENCY AND INTEGRITY OF THE SYSTEM. Give the current piggos generous pensions based on age and time served, show them the door, and disqualify them from the aforementioned new police system.

  10. craig says:

    I think that is perfect ..cops are power crazy morons, and let me stress on the word CRAZY.. well I think that would get rid of a lot of mentally unstable cops ..so I guess there will be no cops left in NYC!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Wow that is a tad bit harsh – do you know every single cop out there to say they are all power crazy morons? When you walk a mile in their shoes and see what the see and face the criticisms they face and the idea that their family may not see them again than get back to me. I’m sure the family that have recently lost members of the NYPD due to life long criminals and those shot recently would disagree with your description of ALL cops. Than again this is america and we have freedom of speech so anyone could call anyone a moron even in return.

  11. Bullett says:

    Another added expense on the backs of the taxpayers! Is it really necessary?

  12. Robert says:

    Just what the world needs….another grandstanding politician tring to score points at the expense of the NYPD. The entire process of hiring and training officers is psychological testing. Are there a few bad apples in the NYPD..of course..when you’re talking about 30,000+ officers…..what do you expect? Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water….the overwhelming majority of the NYPD do an outstanding job in the most demanding conditions…bravo, NYPD..keep up the great work…

  13. BF says:

    How about giving them a salary that represents the amount of responsibility & risk they face every tour of duty? How about NOT adding the stress of them losing their pensions to their already stressful job?
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/45859025/America_s_Most_Stressful_Jobs_2012?slide=7

  14. DianaF says:

    Great idea. Also as many new cops are military vets and dealing with post-combat issues from Iraq and Afghanistan – I think this is much needed.

    1. Neill says:

      Where did you serve Diana ? That combat tour must have been real tough on you!

  15. Steve Brothers says:

    Remove the Maximum age limit in hiring police officers for NYPD. Most departments across the country DO NOT HAVE MAXIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS TO BE A POLICE OFFIICER. Amoung them LAPD, MIAMI, PHILADELPHIA, FLORIDA, CONNECTICUT,RHODE ISLAND , MOST SOUTHERN AND WESTERN STAES. HIRE PEOPLE THAT ARE MATURE AND CAN PASS THE PHYSICAL AGILITY AND ARE IN GREAT SHAPE. THEIRS TO MANY YOUNG COPS ON THE STREET WITH NO LIFE EXPERIENCE!

  16. Stacy R says:

    I support this measure 100%… NYPD and our lawmakers realize its a problem, and for some strange reason they believe turning the other way is paying homage to these police officers… These cops have the same issues as everyday people…. marital problems, financial problems, or just having a bad day… yet we give them guns and no rules to patrol the city streets

  17. Tony says:

    I firmly believe that psychological testing should be mandatory for all State elected officials as well. The corruption, scandals, and life-threatening actions perpetuated upon the public by those miscreants has long exceed the definition of arrogance

  18. Mary Chen says:

    Please! Start immediately! And the NYPD needs to do a better job of training its “officers” in regard to courtesy. I am fed up with all the corruption and scandals. These guys who work for the NYPD think they are the law itself – their arrogance is disgusting.

    1. Dimsum Harry says:

      Hey slanty the cops are fine, its the vermin out there that need to change, respect is a two way street. Now bring me my dimsum.

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