April 2018 President’s MessageApril 9, 2018 - 2 minutes read
SERGEANTS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION
POLICE DEPARTMENT, CITY OF NEW YORK
35 WORTH STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10013
(212) 226-2180 | FAX (212) 431-4280
Dear Fellow Sergeant,
With the spring season upon us, we still find ourselves immersed in issues that are negatively affecting the Department and the SBA membership. It has been over 800 days since Sgt. Kizzy Adonis was scapegoated and placed on modified assignment. It has been over a month since Sgt. Hugh Barry was acquitted of serious criminal charges, but his future still remains uncertain. We will continue to fight vigorously to protect their rights and see that justice is done.
Although the NYPD never conferred with the SBA about the recent policy change wherein sergeants and lieutenants are now wearing Body Worn Cameras (BWCs), the distribution of the apparatus began in select precincts on April 2, 2018.
As I have been stating for several years, this is a mandatory bargaining subject, and the SBA intends to enter into bargaining sessions over this issue with the New York City Labor Commissioner. Although we believe the use of cameras by NYPD personnel will show the tremendous level of professionalism of our members and clear them of perceived wrongdoing by the public, there are many contractual issues that need to be addressed.
The SBA will work aggressively with the Lieutenants Benevolent Association to achieve a positive outcome related to this subject. You will be kept updated as developments occur, but in the meantime please follow all departmental guidelines as stated in the Patrol Guide.
We are working in tumultuous times, with little or no backing from the Department. It is my wish that the distribution of BWCs will show how professional we are, therefore disallowing politicization to rear its ugly head in the NYPD’s disciplinary process. As the finest frontline supervisors in the world, we deserve nothing less.