NYC Correction Department waters down disciplinary rules for officer misconduct

The new policy allows three serious types of misconduct — uses of force, mistaken releases of detainees and sleeping on duty — to be handled for the first time by low-level command disciplines, with penalties ranging from a stern talking to by a facility boss to 10 lost vacation days.

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mowotlarx
mowotlarx
9 · 23 days ago · Reddit

The new policy allows three serious types of misconduct — uses of force, mistaken releases of detainees and sleeping on duty — to be handled for the first time by low-level command disciplines, with penalties ranging from a stern talking to by a facility boss to 10 lost vacation days.

Before now, those charges have typically been subject to formal discipline allowing for harsher penalties up to being fired.

Sarena Townsend, a former Correction Department deputy commissioner for trials and investigations, said the new policy will slow down the process and make things easier for officers accused of misconduct.

Seems like a great way to make sure the Feds step in faster to totally shut this place down, if that's the goal.

Street_Fudge_6906
Street_Fudge_6906
5 · 23 days ago · Reddit

They did not water it down. They actually added more vacation days which can be taken and added max and minimums.

There were initially 4 types of violations A, B, C, D.

A being the lightest, D being the most severe. The original penalties for an A was a reprimand to a loss of one vacation day. B was up to two vacation days, C was three and D was four.

But now an A is 1 day B is 1-3 C is 1-5 D is 4-7 And they added an E which is 5-10 days. Which includes sleeping.

.. it's hard to give an officer formal charges for sleeping when they worked 20+ hrs a day with no meal break... Which violates all kinds of labor laws...

I don't expect anyone not working there to understand.