Improved NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Training Not a Silver Bullet, Say Rights Attorneys

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Improved NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Training Not a Silver Bullet, Say Rights Attorneys

WASHINGTON - In response to the new stop-and-frisk training materials that will be used to train all NYPD patrol officers, sergeants, and lieutenants over the next 18 months to 2 years, and which were developed under a federal court order to correct the legally incorrect training officers received for many years, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the statement below. The training is the result of more than a year of collaborative work by the NYPD, the federal monitor, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the other plaintiffs’ lawyers in Floyd and the other two stop-and-frisk lawsuits.

This training, in which we had a lot of input, is a significant improvement on the legally incorrect training that NYPD officers received in the past. However, training is not a silver bullet. Unless and until it is combined with court-ordered reforms to the NYPD’s systems for supervising and monitoring stops and disciplining officers who make illegal stops, we are unlikely to see real change in the way the NYPD conducts stops and frisk on the streets of New York City.

For more information on the case, Floyd v. City of New York, visit CCR’s case page.

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