What rules do police follow?

The New York Civil Liberties Union created Behind the Badge because we have a right to know what rules govern how police operate in our communities, and should have a say in how law enforcement interacts with us and our families. After extensive research and unprecedented public information requests – and a few court orders – the NYCLU is proud to share this first-of-its-kind comprehensive database and online tool with you.

In this portal you can find out what policies – or lack of – the police departments in your neighborhood and in communities across New York are using, background on where the policies came from and what is good or bad about them, and how you can get involved to ensure we have equitable, transparent rules across all our police departments.

Accountability and transparency are a crucial step in maintaining trust between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve. We hope you will go behind the badge, learn more and get involved.