President Donald Trump has hired five private citizens to train New York City Police Department officers on new ways to handle complaints of police brutality.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the hiring of an executive committee on Thursday to create the NYPD’s first new force chief since the New York Police Department was disbanded in 2015.
De Blasio said the department needs an experienced, hands-on leader who will have a broad understanding of how the police respond to complaints and how to make them better.
The committee will have 15 members.
Two will be appointed by de Blasio and one will be chosen by the Police Department.
The executive committee will be tasked with identifying and implementing a strategy to improve the department’s internal and external affairs processes.
The executive committee, which will include three people, has a minimum of five members and will be elected at a special election in June.
The remaining four members will be selected by della Cruz, the mayor’s chief of staff, who will then nominate the remaining two members.
The Police Department has been under de Blasio’s control since de Blasio took office in January 2017.
He said at the time that the department had a culture that “does not tolerate any form of police misconduct and has demonstrated that it takes the highest priority in every case for the protection of citizens.”
The New York Daily News reported that de Blasio was expected to appoint a new police chief, but de Blasio later withdrew his name and said that he was taking the job at the request of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.