Police Reform

Yes, to Police Reform. No to Defund the Police 

Despite what the folks on Twitter might have to say, the majority of New Yorkers find the Defund The Police movement dangerous. The fact is we need the police, we need good police officers dedicated to helping our communities stay safe, solve crimes and bring those who harm our loved ones to justice.

We need police officers who are well trained at avoiding using deadly force and maintain verbal communication during every interaction with civilians.

These trainings have to reflect the daily practice and conduct of every single officer to ensure that all offices hold themselves to the highest standards. There will be a monthly comprehensive review of all written policies for NYPD to be certain that they meet or exceed these standards at all times.

Step 1- Social Police and Community Relations. Deputies and police officers must be engaged in our communities by attending our monthly community meetings, zoom calls, meet and greet with parents, students and teachers. Monthly community meetings will encompass both parties helping each other identify problem spots, potential criminal activities and help build trust between the police and our communities.

Step 2- Reflection. A percentage of the police force must reflect the ethnicity of the community that they serve. There is a perception and in some cases a reality that white police officers do not understand that dynamics in some communities and have a tendency to carry preconceived biases that may have damaging effects towards that community. I believe we can reduce the tension in our communities by having a more diverse police force.

Step 3- End All Quota Systems. The arrest and or ticketing police quota system is extremely predatory. It forces police officers to engage the community unnecessarily and creates hostility between both parties. This system is highly accredited to ruining the lives of many New Yorkers who then end up with a record and make it impossible for them to get jobs.

Step 4- Avoid Chokeholds & Strangleholds. Chokeholds and strangleholds are considered a deadly use of force and may only be used when a deputy or officer believes it is necessary to prevent serious injury or death to themselves or others. This restraint must be discontinued immediately once the threat has de-escalated.

Step 5- Require De-escalation. Every police officer must be fully committed and comply with de-escalation tactics and attend monthly scheduled de-escalation training. Deputies and officers are required, and also prefer, to use de-escalation techniques whenever possible. The use of de-escalation tactics is incorporated into academy and routine officer training scenarios to encourage use as a first response tool.

Step 6- Implement Deadly Force Warning When Possible. When in a situation that warrants the use of deadly force deputies and officers are required to attempt a verbal warning. In situations posing immediate danger to the public or officer this may not be possible.

Step 7- Exhaust All Reasonable Options Before Deadly Force. Deadly force is an irreversible action and is only used as a last resort by deputies and officers to prevent serious injury to themselves or others. Deputies and officers assess every situation using the tools and resources available to them to de-escalate.

Step 8- Duty to Intervene. Deputies and Police officers have a sworn oath to protect the community they serve and their oath, as well as policy, binds them to a duty to intervene if they witness a use of unreasonable force. Deputies and officers are required to report these interventions to a supervisor immediately following the event.

Step 9- Ban Shooting Into Moving Vehicles When Possible. Shooting into a moving vehicle is rarely effective; deputies and officers are trained to move out of the path of a moving vehicle. In a rare extreme event, shooting into a vehicle may be necessary to protect the public’s safety.

Step 10- Require Use of Force Continuum or Similar. The Use of Force Continuum concept is an aged concept from previous decades and has given way to more science-based use of force training and policies. These methods must be incorporated into our training and policies. Use of force only occurs when absolutely necessary to protect the community.

Step 11- Require Comprehensive Reporting. Reporting is an essential part of accountability. Deputies and officers are required to submit reports, including any available video, for review by their supervisors whenever they are involved in a use of force situation.

Step 12- Stop and Frisk only when it is necessary. Stop and Frisk works. Unfortunately, it can also be grossly abused and in many cases it can be unconstitutional. Police officers must above all else remember their oath to the community and maintain their integrity when interacting with the public. We must all come together in our efforts to combat crimes in our communities. This will take an all-hands-on deck approach. Police officers have to address the community in a manner that is not hostile, and I trust community members who are law abiding citizens will do the same. Which is why more than ever we need to create better police and community relations.