The group believes the policy change, which forbids the NYPD from entering a residence when responding to a noise complaint unless they are granted explicit permission, could have an adverse impact on the department’s efforts to preserve quality of life.
"Late-night partying and other types of noise impact us all, especially in the summer,” said Councilman Daniel Dromm. “The NYPD's current noise abatement policy must be revised to enable the police to do their jobs.
“In its current form, the policy encourages vigilantism and will make summer months unbearable for children, seniors and other residents who simply want a good night's sleep,” he added.
Dromm was one of 23 council members of the city council to sign a letter to Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
The current policy could have potentially dangerous consequences as well.
On June 11, officers from the 105th Precinct were called to a house party on a noise complaint. Later, a fight broke out at the location and a 21-year-old man was shot and subsequently paralyzed after a bullet was lodged in his spine.
A few days later, police arrested a 15-year-old suspect in connection with the shooting.
“The shame of this whole episode is that our 105th Precinct Noise Unit had just responded a short time before to this location in a frustrating attempt to mitigate this situation,” said Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the precinct’s commanding officer. “The homeowner, event organizers, and attendees all stated that we were ‘not welcomed onto their property.’ As there were no secondary reason to enter their property, we were left with no choice but to leave.
“Now these people will have to live with the fact that this young man, who is in the prime of his life, is most likely paralyzed all because these people refused to be neighborly, responsible, and reasonable,” he added.
Councilman Donovan Richards, who represents the area where the shooting took place, also signed the letter.
“It’s not only about looking out for the neighbors that make the complaint, it is also about looking out for the safety of those who just want to have fun,” Richards said.