The court-appointed NYPD monitor issued his first report Thursday on the work done to make the police tactic known as stop-and-frisk constitutional.
The report reviews the department's progress in implementing changes to police tactics, training, supervision and oversight that resulted from the lawsuit that challenged how stop-and-frisk was being used.
The monitor says the work is moving in positive direction, but notes more needs to be done. The report says stops have drastically fallen from a high of almost 700,000 in 2011 to less than 50,000 in 2014.
But some officers are not recording their stops.
The forms officers have to fill out will change and the monitor determined more work needs to be done to ensure proper record keeping.
The monitor also found that the NYPD has been changing its training of police recruits, even for the class that just graduated from the police academy. The new recruits are being given clearer guidance on what constitutes racial profiling, which violates the law and NYPD policy.
But all the roughly 35,000 members of the force need training on new policies and procedures.
The new report says the patrol guide "now in use does not give sufficient guidance to officers" about their legal authority to stop someone.
A new patrol guide is being drafted.
Finally, the city is testing 60 body cameras in five precincts and a city housing complex as part of a pilot program started in December.
A federal judge ordered this, and the monitor wants it expanded, a test of 1,000 cameras to evaluate the effect on policing.
The NYPD already has said it wants to dramatically expand the program.
All of this comes because a judge in 2013 found the department unintentionally discriminated against minorities and ordered reforms to stop-and-frisk.