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Policies

The NYPD is committed to engaging the public when creating new policing policies. Prior to the adoption of significant policy changes, the NYPD seeks feedback from the public. Below is the process the Department has implemented to ensure a deliberate and thoughtful process when drafting new policies.

Eligible Policies

Policy changes or new policies that meet the following criteria will be open for public comment:

  1. policy changes that are identified as having a significant impact on the public, OR
  2. review is mandated by law.
Process
  1. Policies that are subject to public comment will be posted on this page. Policies will be posted and open for comment for 30 days.
  2. Submitted comments will be reviewed and the policy will be revised if necessary.
  3. The final policy will be published with an explanation of any changes that were made in response to the comment process.

Draft Policies for Public Comment

POLICY SUMMARY COMMENT SUBMISSION LINK DEADLINE PROPOSED POLICY LINK RESPONSE TO COMMENTS CURRENT POLICY

Discipline
Matrix
Revisions

This discipline matrix provides an overview of the goals of internal discipline, defines the presumptive penalties for specific acts of substantiated misconduct by officers and outlines potential aggravating and mitigating factors that may be considered when assessing a disciplinary penalty.

The comment submission link

12/05/2021

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Policies previously open for public comment

POLICY SUMMARY COMMENT SUBMISSION LINK DEADLINE PROPOSED POLICY LINK RESPONSE TO COMMENTS FINAL POLICY
First Amendment Policy

This procedure memorializes the duties and responsibilities that have historically been carried out by the NYPD at First Amendment events. Additionally, it incorporates the measures the Department is taking to continue to improve our handling of these types of events.

The comment submission period has ended

6/30/2021

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Discipline
Matrix

This discipline matrix provides an overview of the goals of internal discipline, defines the presumptive penalties for specific acts of substantiated misconduct by officers and outlines potential aggravating and mitigating factors that may be considered when assessing a disciplinary penalty.

The comment submission period has ended

09/30/2020

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Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act Impact and Use Policies

The Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act requires the NYPD to publish impact and use policies for the surveillance technologies used by the Department. The NYPD is committed to increasing transparency related to the use of surveillance technology within the bounds of responsive, efficient, and effective policing. The final impact and use policies developed by the Department work to find a fair balance between the benefits provided through the use of technology, individual privacy protections, and the comments and requests submitted by the public.

The impact and use policies provide details of: 1) the capabilities of the Department’s surveillance technologies, 2) the rules regulating the use of the technologies, 3) protections against unauthorized access of the technologies or related data, 4) surveillance technologies data retention policies, 5) public access to surveillance technologies data, 6) external entity access to surveillance technologies data, 7) Department trainings in the use of surveillance technologies, 8) internal audit and oversight mechanisms of surveillance technologies, 9) health and safety reporting on the surveillance technologies, and 10) potential disparate impacts of the impact and use policies for surveillance technologies.

Draft impact and use policies for existing surveillance technologies were posted for public comment on the Department’s website on January 11, 2021 and available for public comment for forty-five (45) calendar days. At the end of the 45-day period, the feedback was collected and recommendations for draft policies revisions were considered. In light of the submissions, the Department strengthened the impact and use policies in several ways, such as: adding information relating to surveillance technology capabilities and rules of use, clarifying court authorization requirements, and further explaining retention policies and procedures. The final impact and use policies for these surveillance technologies were published publically and submitted to the Mayor and City Council Speaker on April 11, 2021.

For newly acquired technologies, the Department will propose a draft impact and use policy on this website at least 90 days prior to such use. The Department will also provide addendums to impact and use policies where enhancements are acquired for a specific technology or the technology is used in a manner not previously disclosed

The Department encourages the public to review these final policies.

POLICY Surveillance Technology Document Comment Final Policy Publication
Post Act Audio-Only Recording Devices, Covert PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Audio-Only Recording Devices, Overt PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Audiovisual Recording Devices, Covert PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Audiovisual Recording Devices, Overt PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Body-Worn Cameras PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) Collection System PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Case Management Systems PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Systems PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Cell-Site Simulators PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Criminal Group Database PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Cryptocurrency Analysis Tools PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Domain Awareness System (DAS) PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Data Analysis Tools PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Digital Cameras PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Digital Fingerprint Scanning Devices PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Digital Forensic Access Tools PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Drone Detection Systems PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Electronic Record Management Systems PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Facial Recognition PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Global Positioning System (GPS) Tracking Devices PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Internet Attribution Management Infrastructure PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Iris Recognition PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act License Plate Readers (LPR) PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Manned Aircraft Systems PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Mobile X-Ray Technology PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Media Aggregation Services PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act ShotSpotter PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Social Network Analysis Tools PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Situational Awareness Cameras PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Thermographic Cameras PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Vehicle-Mounted Cameras PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Video-Only Recording Devices, Covert PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act Video-Only Recording Devices, Overt PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021
Post Act WiFi Geolocation Tracking Devices PDF The comment submission period closed on February 25, 2021 April 11, 2021