This plan was created by listening to the experiences and insights of hundreds of residents of neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, in forums of varying size and structure. New Yorkers who shared their insights, include community based organizations (CBOs), advocacy groups, clergy, racial justice advocates, cure violence providers, youth groups and youth voices, ethnic and religious organizations, BIDs and small business owners, non-profits, LGBTQI+ community leaders, the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, people with disabilities, tenants’ associations, shelter-based and affordable-housing communities and providers, people involved in the justice system, crime victims, policy experts, prosecutors, oversight bodies, judges, elected officials, academic leaders, and many others. Special attention was paid to voices from those parts of the city that have suffered the most.
To ensure all voices were heard in this process and to solidify the partnership around reform, meetings were also hosted with uniform and civilian members of the NYPD. These meetings paralleled the community meetings, focusing on members assigned to work in the very same highly affected neighborhoods as the residents who offered testimony.
The New York City Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan is the result of this work. It envisions an NYPD that stays true to its history of bravery in the service to the public, that maintains its stellar record of driving down crime, while continuing to transform itself into an example of just, transparent, and accountable policing, implemented equitably, without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or immigration or socioeconomic status.
The plan focuses on five goals:
We have ended the era of Stop and Frisk, created the era of Neighborhood Policing, and changed the fundamentals of how New Yorkers are charged, incarcerated, and released under our criminal justice system. We have also taken notice of similar efforts outside of New York City. This report is also built on the work of President Obama’s Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the United States Conference of Mayors Report on police reform and racial justice, and other notable reports addressing the call for reform.
Now, the work of reform in New York City continues. The City offers this report for public comment. We are continuing to review and incorporate input from the public and from stakeholder engagement and will update this report with additional proposals to fundamentally address the problem of racial bias in policing in New York City. The final report will be issued after feedback on these proposals has been collected and reviewed.
This framework offers a vision of policing in New York City that will make neighborhoods, and the officers who serve them, safer.
The City's efforts are being organized by: