The NYPD on Monday was set to launch a searchable online database of uniformed cops, including their training histories, departmental awards and disciplinary records, according to an internal letter from Commissioner Dermot Shea obtained by The Post.
The department’s own database will go live just days after the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board released its own trove of disciplinary data encompassing more than 83,000 active and former cops.
“In another step that increases transparency and improves accountability to the people we serve, the NYPD will post online today a searchable summary of all uniformed members that includes appointment dates, ranks, assignments, training, departmental awards, and disciplinary history,” wrote Shea in the memo, dated Monday and addressed to all members of the department.
“It is a lot to digest at one time, I know,” continued Shea. “But I want to assure you that the police department has taken every consideration to post our records in a manner that is both respectful of your privacy and provides you with the opportunity to confirm the validity of the information.”
The letter goes on to detail the process by which cops can correct their online records if they feel anything is erroneous.
It was not immediately clear how detailed the publicly disclosed information would be and if it would include, for example, “negotiated plea agreements” — like the one accepted by Officer Danny Acosta, who allegedly lied for years about the circumstances of his shooting a Bronx teenager.
In his letter, Shea sought to assure cops that he knew most of them got into policing for the right reasons.
“The vast majority of police officers I know chose this profession to keep people safe and improve the quality of life for millions of New Yorkers,” the top cop wrote. “The moment we swore that oath to protect, we knew we were going to be held to a higher standard than the rest of the world.
“We also knew that immediate expectations made on our capability and desire to uphold that oath would be on us for the entirety of our careers,” he continued. “That is the choice we made, and the commitment we pledged to the people of this great city.”