Skip Navigation
Archive

The Brennan Center Welcomes de Blasio Administration’s Pick for NYPD Inspector General

The de Blasio Administration named Philip Eure as the first Inspector General for the NYPD. Eure has a real opportunity to make the department better and stronger through rigorous oversight of its enforcement programs.

March 28, 2014

Today, the Commis­sioner of the Depart­ment of Invest­ig­a­tions, Mark Peters, named Philip Eure as the first Inspector General for the New York City Police Depart­ment. The Bren­nan Center for Justice at New York School of Law proposed the creation of the office in 2012 to add much needed over­sight of police coun­terter­ror­ism oper­a­tions.

“By appoint­ing an inspector general who has shown that he is not afraid to make real change, the Admin­is­tra­tion has signaled that it is seri­ous about protect­ing both our safety and our civil liber­ties,” said Faiza Patel, co-director of the Liberty and National Secur­ity Program at the Bren­nan Center. “Mr. Eure has a real oppor­tun­ity to make the NYPD better and stronger through rigor­ous over­sight and we eagerly anti­cip­ate his next steps.”

“Philip Eure is a dedic­ated reformer,” said Michael Price, coun­sel in the Liberty and National Secur­ity Program at the Bren­nan Center. “He has a big job ahead of him, but Mr. Eure is an effect­ive, proven leader on police over­sight issues and we look forward to work­ing with him.”

Eure has a strong track record of work­ing with police agen­cies to safe­guard civil liber­ties. Eure served as the first exec­ut­ive director of the Office of Police Complaints in Wash­ing­ton D.C. where he monitored invest­ig­a­tions of civil­ian complaints of officer miscon­duct and developed best prac­tices on how civil­ian over­sight boards can curb police abuse. He is a former senior attor­ney in the Civil Rights Divi­sion at the U.S. Depart­ment of Justice and currently sits on the board of the National Asso­ci­ation for Civil­ian Over­sight of Law Enforce­ment.

The Bren­nan Center advoc­ated for an inde­pend­ent inspector general for the NYPD in a 2012 report, A Proposal for an NYPD Inspector General. The proposal was adop­ted by the New York City Coun­cil, which enacted imple­ment­ing legis­la­tion over then-Mayor Bloomber­g’s veto.

For more inform­a­tion or to set up an inter­view, contact Seth Hoy at seth.hoy@nyu.edu or (646) 292–8369.