Police precinct councils will help select NYPD precinct commanders

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that beginning this year, communities will have a direct role in selecting their NYPD precinct commanders.

The department will provide the local police precinct councils three to five candidates that they will review.

The council will then provide feedback to the commissioner and the commissioner will make the final decision.
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The council will provide feedback to the commissioner in NYC.


The local police precinct councils will also complete annual evaluations of commanding officers' performances.

"I think we've already seen some positive things come out of this reform process," Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said. "It helps build trust both ways."

Shea had served as a precinct commander at two NYPD precincts in the Bronx.

"You are like a miniature mayor of that command, the bonds to this day still exist," Shea said.

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