Mayor Adams, NYPD commissioner offer ride-alongs to members of City Council
Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban issued an open call to members of the New York City Council to ride with NYPD officers as they patrol the city and employ the community policing strategies on Sunday.
The call follows Mayor Adams’ vetoes of bills that would have increased transparency by requiring officers to report all civilian encounters and banned solitary confinement in New York City jails.
Adams says under his administration, overall crime, including violent crime, was down in 2023.
“Those millions of encounters do not even account for the daily policing that is the bedrock of our work. The demands of this bill on our officers, on our taxpayers, and on our ability to keep the city safe are truly staggering,” said Caban.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the council, Rendy Desamours, said in part, “Mayor Adams’ administration continues to ignore the fact that Level I investigative stops often include instances when officers are asking someone where they are going or for their identification absent criminal suspicion, something the Council understands. The differences between Level 1, 2, and 3 stops are often not apparent to New Yorkers who are impacted by these daily disruptions, underscoring the importance of transparency that the Council’s bill would achieve.”
The New York City Council has enough votes for each bill to override the Adams' Friday veto.