City of Newburgh, NY
Orange County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Newburgh 11-13-1967 (Ch. 7, Art. III, of the Code of Ordinances); amended in its entirety 6-13-1988 by L.L. No. 4-1988. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Department of Police — See Charter, Art. XI.
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 95.
The Police Department shall be composed and organized as provided in Article XI of the Charter of the City of Newburgh.
The Police Chief shall present to the Council at its first regular meeting in each month a report of the operations of the Department during the preceding month, including therein a statement of the number of persons arrested during such month, their sex, the cause of arrest, the number of persons convicted and such other particulars in relation to that Department as he may deem necessary and proper to communicate.
[Added 7-13-2020 by L.L. No. 2-2020]
A. 
Legislative findings, intent and purpose. The City Council of the City of Newburgh finds that the people of the City of Newburgh are in great debt to the hard work and dedication of police officers in their daily duties. The Council further finds that mistrust of law enforcement officers based on real or perceived discrimination hinders law enforcement efforts and is a threat to public safety. The City of Newburgh Police Department policy already requires that officers provide their name and/or badge number to any individual that requests the information. By requiring police officers to provide the public with identifying information, offering a contact card, and notice of the reasons for their encounters with the police will increase transparency in police practices and to build trust between police officers and members of the public.
B. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
DEPARTMENT
The City of Newburgh Police Department.
LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY
Any of the following activities when conducted by an officer:
(1) 
Noncustodial questioning of individuals;
(2) 
Stops where an officer has an individualized, reasonable suspicion that the person stopped has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime and where a reasonable person would not feel free to end the encounter at will;
(3) 
Frisks;
(4) 
Searches of persons, property, or possessions, including but not limited to searches of homes and vehicles;
(5) 
Traffic stops;
(6) 
Roadblock or checkpoint stops; and
(7) 
Investigatory questioning of victims of or witnesses to crimes.
NONCUSTODIAL QUESTIONING
The questioning of an individual during an investigation where such individual has not been detained and is free to end the encounter at will.
OFFICER
A sworn police officer of the City of Newburgh Police Department.
C. 
Upon initiation of a law enforcement activity, an officer shall:
(1) 
Identify himself or herself to the person who is the subject of such law enforcement activity by providing his or her full name, rank and command;
(2) 
Provide to such person an explanation of the reason for such law enforcement activity; and
D. 
At the conclusion of a law enforcement activity that does not result in an arrest or ticket, the officer shall offer to such person, the officer's business card.
E. 
An officer shall not be required to comply with this section where such officer is engaged in an approved undercover activity or operation, and the law enforcement activity is taken pursuant to such undercover activity or operation.
F. 
Any business cards used by an officer to identify himself or herself to a person who is the subject of a law enforcement activity shall be pre-printed and include, at a minimum:
(1) 
The name, rank, badge number and police department of the officer; and
(2) 
Information on how the subject of the law enforcement activity may submit comments or complaints about the encounter, including the telephone numbers and website addresses of the City of Newburgh Police Community Relations and Review Board.