NEW YORK - The city has appointed its first NYPD inspector general.
Philip K. Eure has been tapped to independently oversee the police force. The position was created after a judge's ruling last year in the case over the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
The City Council approved the watchdog position, overriding a veto from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and despite opposition from former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and new Police Commissioner Bratton support the position.
Eure was chosen for the job after a lengthy search by the Department of Investigation. Aside from stop-and-frisk, he says he'll make other suggestions on how the NYPD should function.
Eure previously served as the executive director of Washington, D.C.'s Office of Police Complaints. He was also a prosecutor in the civil rights division for the Department of Justice.
He said he's excited to take on the job, and thinks that all the critics, including some police officers, will eventually come to his side.
Eure will officially assume his position sometime in May. News 12 is told that he'll also be able to bring in 50 staff members for his new department.