Keeping New York City Safe

As Mayor, my number one priority will be to keep New York City the safest big city in the country.  That's why over the last seven years I've built a record fighting for public safety: providing funding to put hundreds more police officers on the streets, making sure every officer has a state-of-the-art bullet proof vest, and restoring cuts to our District Attorneys so they can put dangerous criminals behind bars.

Our police officers do tremendous work every day, keeping our city safe from both traditional street crimes and the threat of terrorist attacks.  But over the last few years we've seen current levels of stop, question and frisk lead to growing distrust of the NYPD in many communities of color.  This is more than just an issue of civil rights - it undermines the NYPD's ability to get critical information on criminal activity from community members, and ultimately threatens the safety of both police officers and residents.  

While some have responded by proposing that the City ban the use of stop, question, and frisk, I believe there is a better solution.  I recently announced legislation that will increase accountability and oversight of police practices without taking one step backwards in our fight against crime.  

Today, the NY Times editorialized in support of our Inspector General bill:  

"...inspectors general scrutinize other city departments as well as police departments in other cities and federal agencies like the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. Their job is not to run things but to recommend improvements."

"...a new inspector general would represent an important first step in restoring trust in law enforcement all over the city"

You can read more here: http://nyti.ms/WXt76n

I'm proud to have the support of the New York Times on this issue and so many New Yorkers.  In the coming weeks, the City Council will vote to pass the Inspector General Bill, and help make the safest city in America even safer.

-Christine Quinn

P.S. In today's Daily News two highly-esteemed former NYC Corporation Counsels penned an OpEd on the issue of an Inspector General.  They write: "An oversight will help, not hurt, the NYPD."  You can read more here:  http://soa.li/c0h1hPT