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Bernie Kerik: New York City Council Police Reforms Unnecessary

By    |   Monday, 29 Jun 2015 02:39 PM

The police reforms proposed by the New York City Council would impose unnecessary oversights, says former NYPD Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik.

"I don't think the Police Department can do anymore in having oversights than they have now," Kerik told John Bachman on "Newsmax Now" on Newsmax TV on Monday.

"They have the mayor's office Department of Investigations, they have an inspector general, they have an Internal Affairs bureau," he explained. "They're oversighted beyond anything any other department in this country has."

Nine measures have been offered by the City Council. If passed, they would require that police officers disclose their name, rank, precinct and other information in the course of a traffic stop or property search, the New York Post is reporting.

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"All this new stuff that the City Council is now talking about, it's stuff that already exists," Kerik told Newsmax. "Now it's just another method or a mechanism for an officer to have to give it to someone."

"My concern is . . . God forbid an officer goes up and stops somebody, [and] he doesn't give it to them," he said.

Kerik says that making a police officer provide such information is both unnecessary and redundant.

"The majority of police officers in New York City are in uniform. The uniforms are easily identifiable, the shields have an enormous number on them, you can see them very clearly. Under the shield is a name, the officer's name. That's plenty," he explained.

"To stand there and have to give some proclamation, who you are, what precinct, what phone number, it's getting way out of hand," he said.

Kerik added that many of these measures are "politically driven by people trying to get their names in the paper."

According to the Post, the measures are being opposed by local rank-and-file police officers.

New York police union leader Patrick Lunch said in a statement that the council has "neither the expertise nor the experience to establishing policy in the dangerous business of fighting crimes."

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