Community Board 2 has received the following message from CCRB:


Dear Friend,

The NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) has a charter mandate to advance accountability of New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers and improve transparency in policing. It is also our mission to strive for the continuous improvement of police-community relations. Toward these aims, I want to share information about the Right to Know Act.

Starting Friday, October 19, 2018, the Right to Know Act goes into effect. The law, which includes significant changes in police practice in New York City, outlines how officers should engage with civilians in many types of interactions.

Here are the basics:

During certain frisks, searches, at sobriety checkpoints, and other encounters, officers should:

º     Identify themselves including providing their name, rank, command, and shield number.
º     With some exceptions, officers should explain the purpose of the interaction.
º     Inform you of your right to say “no” when asking for your consent to search your person, property, vehicle, or home.
º     Offer a business card with the officer’s information that explains how to comment or complain about your experience with the NYPD.

If you feel your encounter with an NYPD officer did not follow these guidelines, file a complaintwith the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board. Our investigators will review your complaint and investigate any allegations with regards to the Right to Know Act and any other allegation within our jurisdiction including the use of excessive or unnecessary force, abuse of authority, discourtesy, and offensive language.

Do you still have questions about the Right to Know Act?
Learn more at

Central to the law’s goal is improving transparency in policing by reducing the confusion civilians often have when officers ask them questions or stop them on the street. In pursuit of this critical work, we invite you to share your input.


Fred Davie, Chair
NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board

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