This bill requires investigators in the NYPD’s special victims division to be provided a comprehensive training on the specific needs of the victims of sexual crimes.
Preconsidered Int. No. 785
By Council Members Rosenthal, Levine and Richards
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the New York city police department to provide training on investigating sexual crimes
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 14 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 14-176 to read as follows:
§ 14-176 Special victims training.
a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
Sexual crimes. The term “sexual crimes” means any offense in article 130 of the penal law.
Special victims officers. The term “special victims officers” means any member of the department whose primary duties include investigating sexual crimes and who regularly interact with the victims of sexual crimes.
Special victims school. The term “special victims school” means a comprehensive training on the specific needs of victims of sexual crimes. Such training shall be designed to develop skills in interacting with such victims such as the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview method, require a demonstration of such skills, and shall of a length the commissioner determines is sufficient to ensure that special victims officers are capable of utilizing such skills, but in no case shall be less than ten weeks in length.
b. Training requirement. Special victims officers shall complete special victims school prior to engaging with any victims of sexual crimes.
§2. This local law takes effect one year after it becomes law.