Former NYPD Deputy Commissioner Throws Support Behind Council’s Police Transparency bill

January 29 2024

The Gothamist, a non-profit news outlet in the WNYC media network, published an article detailing CPE Co-founder and COO Dr. Tracie Keesee's support of the New York City Council's efforts to pass a police reporting bill that New York City Mayor Eric Adams blocked. Referencing Dr. Keesee's previous role within NYPD as a former Deputy Commissioner. The following is an excerpt from the article:

Dr. Tracie Keesee, who was hired in 2016 as the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of training, heads a list of 10 other former law enforcement officials from across the country who penned a letter to the Council that is expected to be released Monday in support of the How Many Stops Act, which requires police to report all investigatory stops and provide demographic data. The letter comes more than one week after the mayor vetoed the bill, calling it well-intentioned but arguing that the inclusion of low-level stops would be overly burdensome to officers.

“We are deeply disappointed by Mayor Adams’ veto of the How Many Stops Act (HMSA), specifically Intro. 586, as it makes it clear he does not share our commitment to building deep trust between police and the communities they serve,” they wrote.

Keesee, who co-founded a group called the Center for Policing Equity, became the highest-ranking former NYPD official to stand behind the proposed reporting mandate that supporters say address the city’s history of unconstitutional stops that target Black and Latino men.

Read the full article on The Gothamist website.