NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two bills designed to hold police officers accountable during stops and searches will make the city less safe, according to the police union president.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council have reached an agreement on the package of proposed bills known as the Right to Know Act.

The legislation requires officers to clearly explain to someone that they have a right to refuse to be searched. The officers must also identify themselves by name and rank during a stop and search and in some cases the bills require officers to get recorded or written consent. At the end of the interaction they must provide their business card if there is no arrest, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

“It clarifies how people will have more information when an officer addresses them, clarifies how searches are undertaken,” de Blasio said.

But the police union feels differently.

PBA President Pat Lynch says the legislation will put police and New Yorkers in harm’s way, citing Monday’s attempted terrorist attack under the Port Authority Bus Terminal and October’s attack on a Lower Manhattan bike path that left eight dead.

“The ‘Right to Know’ bills are still harmful pieces of legislation that present a dangerous distraction from the very real threats to our city,” Lynch said.

Lynch believes the mayor and Council are placing unnecessary burdens on the NYPD that hamper an officer’s ability to trust their own judgment.

Police reform advocates said the bills don’t go far enough.

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  1. How many officers are complained about for brutality, illegal frisk, illegal search, illegal stop, etc… ??? Or how many officers have been investigated for the above complaints??? Americans are losing all trust in law enforcement and that was brought on from Obama and law enforcement officers themselves. The dirty officers need to be held accountable for their illegal actions and they need to face the law that will take their badge, uniform, pension and show them that prison will be their new home for decades. It is time LEO’s (law enforcement officers) aren’t let go with a slap on the wrist. Send them to prison in the general population and live out the rest of their natural lives there. LEO’s must be held to a much higher level of law and made an example of when caught. And their chiefs will need to be facing punishment as well for their failure to report or reign in the dirty cops. AND THIS IS MEANT FOR STATE, CITY, COUNTY, FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THEY MUST BE MADE AWARE THEY ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW. NOT ANY MORE.
    (personal opinion)

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