SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — The Syracuse Common Council will discuss the Right to Know Act at its meeting Tuesday.
The act requires police officers to identify themselves, tell people why they are being pulled over and ask for consent if a search is warranted. Officers will also be required to hand out their business card after interactions that do not end in arrest. Those cards would add information on how individuals can contact the Citizen Review Board, a group that reviews SPD interactions and recommends discipline if necessary.
As part of the People’s Agenda for Policing, a document created by Syracuse-based activist groups 18 months ago, the act aims to increase transparency during police interactions.
A similar law was implemented in New York City in October of 2018. Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m.