Introduction 607-2014 Inactive


A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the creation of a police officer body-worn camera task force.

This bill would create a task force to study the issues involved with requiring New York City Police Department officers to wear body-worn cameras that record their activities. The task force would be comprised of three members appointed by the Mayor, three members appointed by the Speaker of the City Council, and four members appointed jointly by the Mayor and the Speaker of the City Council. The task force would be required to submit a report within one year of its final member being appointed. This report must include information regarding a body-worn camera program: its cost, privacy implications, best practices regarding data storage, when such cameras must be recording and when they may be switched off, evidentiary issues involved in using such footage, and any other recommendations the task force believes will assist in implementing a body-worn camera program.

Sponsors

Sponsors (9) District
Jumaane D. Williams
Jumaane D. Williams Primary Sponsor District 45
Vanessa L. Gibson
Vanessa L. Gibson District 16
Laurie A. Cumbo
Laurie A. Cumbo District 35
Ydanis A. Rodriguez
Ydanis A. Rodriguez District 10
Fernando Cabrera
Fernando Cabrera District 14
David G. Greenfield
David G. Greenfield District 44
Rory I. Lancman
Rory I. Lancman District 24
Helen K. Rosenthal
Helen K. Rosenthal District 6
Antonio Reynoso
Antonio Reynoso District 34

History

Date Action Legislative body
6/29/15 Laid Over Committee on Public Safety
6/29/15 Hearing Held Committee on Public Safety
12/17/14 Referred to Committee to Committee on Public Safety New York City Council
12/17/14 Introduced New York City Council

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Legislation text

Int. No. 607

 

By Council Members Williams, Gibson, Greenfield, Cumbo, Lancman, Cabrera, Rodriguez, Reynoso, Rosenthal and the Public Advocate (Ms. James)

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the creation of a police officer body-worn camera task force.

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. The administrative code of the city of New York is amended to add a new section 10-172 to read as follows:

§10-172.  Police officer body-worn camera task force. 

a. There is hereby established a Police Officer Body-Worn Camera Task Force, which shall consist of ten members as follows:

(i)  Three members shall be appointed by the mayor, provided that: (1) one member shall be an employee of the New York city police department with knowledge of the department’s patrol services bureau; and (2) one member shall be an employee of the New York city police department with knowledge of the department’s office of information technology;

(ii) Three members shall be appointed by the speaker of the council, provided that one member shall be a person familiar with the work of the council’s public safety committee; and

 (iii)  Four members shall appointed jointly by the speaker of the council and the mayor.

b. Membership on the task force shall not constitute the holding of a public office, and members of the task force shall not be required to take and file oaths of office before serving on the task force. Members of the task force shall serve without compensation.

c. The task force shall meet at least four times per year. At its first meeting, the task force shall select a chairperson from among its members by majority vote of the task force.

d. The task force may establish its own rules and procedures with respect to the conduct of its meetings and other affairs not inconsistent with law.

e. Each member shall serve for a term of 24 months, to commence after the final member of the task force is appointed.  Any vacancies in the membership of the task force shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.  A person filling such vacancy shall serve for the unexpired portion of the term of the succeeded member.   

f. No member of the task force shall be removed from office except for cause and upon notice and hearing by the appropriate appointing official.

g. The task force may  request  and  shall receive all possible cooperation from any department, division, board,  bureau, commission, borough president, agency or public authority of the city of New York, for assistance, information, and data as will enable the task force to properly carry out its functions.

h.  The task force shall issue a report to the mayor and council no later than twelve months after the final member of the task force is appointed.  Such report shall include the following:

(i)  An analysis of the feasibility and implications of equipping New York city police department officers with body-worn cameras to record all interactions, including but not limited to: (1) the costs associated with equipping officers with such cameras and building an infrastructure to support the use of said cameras; (2) the privacy implications associated with equipping officers with such cameras; (3) best practices that the department should undertake to ensure that video footage is properly stored; (4) best practices that the department should undertake with regards to how such cameras will begin recording and when an officer may disengage such recording device; and (5) the evidentiary issues associated with using video footage recorded by a police officer in criminal proceedings; and 

(ii) Any other recommendations to assist the department in developing a body-work camera policy. 

i.  The task force shall terminate upon the publication of the report.   

§2.  This local law shall take effect immediately.

 

LS 2531

BC/CG

12/2/14

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