The debate over whether the New York Police Department is capable of policing itself will now move to Albany, where lawmakers have proposed the creation of a permanent inspector general to investigate the NYPD, reports the New York Times. State Senator Kevin S. Parker, a Brooklyn Democrat, introduced a bill on Monday that called for the city's Department of Investigation to appoint an inspector general to oversee the NYPD. Parker said the department needed “an independent watchdog to ensure the integrity of the department like other state and federal law enforcement entities.”
The bill comes amid a rough patch for the city police. Last week, a narcotics officer shot and killed an unarmed Bronx teenager. This week, a veteran officer in Brooklyn pleaded guilty in federal court to gun trafficking charges after he was caught in a sting operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The city's Department of Investigation, which seeks out corruption among many of the municipal agencies, generally leaves the task of monitoring the Police Department to the police's own Internal Affairs Bureau. But a number of recent corruption cases involving police officers have been uncovered by outside investigators, including the F.B.I.