This bill would require the Police Department to utilize evidence based models for determining staffing needs of the Department’s special victims division. Additionally, the Department would be required to submit related annual public reports.
Preconsidered Int. No. 784
By Council Members Rose, Rosenthal 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 use evidence based staffing for the department’s special victims division
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. 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 division staffing. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
Evidence based staffing model. The term “evidence based staffing model” means a method of determining staffing levels such as the Prummel Staffing Model that considers the volume of cases by category of offense, minimum law enforcement standards for the average time required to investigate such cases, and staff leave usage and administrative duties that affect employee availability.
Investigative hours per case. The term “investigative hours per case” means the number of hours worked by special victims officers divided by the number of active cases referred to the special victims division.
Special victims division. The term “special victims division” means any division or other entity within the department that regularly investigates alleged violations of 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.
Unit. The term “unit” means any unit, squad, division or other means of allocating work within the special victims division.
b. The department shall use an evidence based staffing model to determine allocation of staff within the special victims division.
c. Beginning January 31, 2019, and every year thereafter, the commissioner shall prepare a report on staffing for the special victims division for the previous year. This report shall be sent to the mayor and the speaker of the council, and posted on the department’s website. This report shall include the following information:
1. The number of cases referred to such division, disaggregated by borough and unit, and also disaggregated by the charged offense and severity of such offense where applicable.
2. The number of special victims officers, disaggregated by borough and unit, and also disaggregated by the rank of such officers, including disaggregation by detective grades.
3. Investigative hours per case, disaggregated by borough and unit.
§2. This local law takes effect 6 months after it becomes law.