NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Starting next month, NYPD officers are going to be required to inform some suspects why they’re being stopped and frisked.
The officers are required to hand the suspects informational cards to suspects who are stopped but not arrested.
The handout mandate is one of several police reforms approved by a federal judge.
The cards will include several options an officer can check, including suspicion of weapons possession, drug dealing, acting as a lookout, proximity to a crime, matching a suspect’s description, and casing a victim or location.
The cards will have the officer’s name, rank, badge number and the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s contact information on them.
The requirement is not sitting well with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
“With the CCRB’s contact information prominently listed on the back, these receipts are clearly designed to invite retaliatory complaints against police officers who make an active effort to prevent crime and take guns off the street,” said PBA President Pat Lynch. “They are just one more item on the ever-growing list of anti-public-safety measures that will put an end to proactive policing in this city and ultimately accelerate the increase in crime and disorder that we are already seeing in our public spaces.”