NYPD targets domestic violence in its ranks

April 1, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is strengthening penalties for officers who commit domestic violence, including termination for repeat offenders.

The department also announced Monday that it’s pushing lawmakers to reform a state law that keeps personnel records secret and has started posting disciplinary trial calendars online.

The reforms are part of a series of recommendations a panel of criminal justice professionals made in February to increase transparency and accountability in the NYPD’s disciplinary process.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the department accepts all of the recommendations and will continue to work on implementing them.

First-time domestic violence offenders will have a year to show they’ve committed to rehabilitation through counseling and monthly evaluations. Otherwise, they’ll face dismissal.

A second offense or criminal conviction will lead to termination in most cases.