After a harsh rebuke from a federal judge who green-lit a class-action lawsuit against the New York Police Department over its stop-and-frisk tactics, police commissioner Ray Kelly said the program was being reevaluated, with more internal oversight and training.
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Among the changes are "informational cards" detailing "the legal authority for such stops" which police officers are encouraged to give to people who are stopped. The department also began filming a new training video today, according to a letter Kelly sent to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, whose aides distributed the letter to reporters while Kelly spoke at a City Council budget hearing.
Kelly also said his department will seek federal funds to boost community outreach in high-crime areas. The program, as Kelly described it, is based on one in Chicago which focuses "on the typically small group of people within a community or neighborhood who are responsible for the majority of violent crime."