Citizens Union believes that the best way to ensure the safe and democratic application of policing is to strengthen and streamline systems of oversight and accountability, both within the NYPD and among the independent entities that monitor police misconduct.
Most recently Citizens Union urged amendments to the City Charter that will strengthen the accountability of the NYPD, and consequently improve the relationship between the NYPD and the public. One way to accomplish this is to strengthen the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), in order to bolster independent oversight of the NYPD.
On the State level, Citizen Union advocates for the repeal of State law 50-A, which prevents police disciplinary records from being made public. Repealing this law would increase transparency and therefore accountability within the police department.