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NYPD Inspector General Says Role Will Not Be Redundant

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Philip Eure was named Friday as the city's first Inspector General to oversee the NYPD, a position he says will "fill a void" in examining the department's practices. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Philip Eure is the city's first independent inspector general overseeing the New York City Police Department.

The new position was created by the City Council last year in the heat of the mayor's race, amid fierce opposition from police unions and then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Eure becomes yet another check on One Police Plaza.

"The NYPD IG will not be redundant. It will, however, fill a void, examining the police department's practices in a comprehensive and independent way," Eure said.

Eure will report to the city's investigation commissioner.

He comes to New York from Washington D.C., where he headed its office of police complaints.

The mayor called the appointment an "excellent choice." Both the mayor and Police Commissioner William Bratton sat down with Eure before the announcement.

"Our intention is to work very collaboratively with him and his staff," Bratton said.

"I've been an admirer of Commissioner Bratton for years, and so I look forward to working with him and other senior management at NYPD," Eure said.

In Washington, Eure took on the Metro Police over disorderly conduct arrests, suggesting that officers were abusing the law.

His office also recommended that police officers hand out business cards to ensure that they properly identified themselves to the public.

"The work that Phil Eure has done at the police complaints board, the Office of Police Complaints in the District of Columbia, I think he has been tremendously even-handed," said Kurt Vorndran of the Washington D.C. Office of Police Complaints.

His relationship with the police union there, though, was icy. The union head, Kristopher Baumann, described Eure's appointment like this: "I think this raises serious concerns about the vetting process up in New York. This is not a serious individual when it comes to police oversight."

Here in the five boroughs, stakeholders told NY1 that they had high hopes for Eure and the new sheriff of One Police Plaza.

"It's not just an unfunded mandate. They're really putting resources behind it," said City Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn.

The inspector general will oversee a staff of about 50. His first day is May 27.

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