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NYPD Legal Bureau | Civil Section

The Civil Section, which is comprised of various units, serves as in-house counsel to the Department on all civil legal issues, concentrating on personnel, contract, gift, ethics, and conflicts of interest matters.  It also advises Department executives on contract issues and acts as liaison with the Corporation Counsel for approval of Department contracts. 

The attorneys defend the Department in employment discrimination cases at federal, state, and city human rights commissions and defend the Department’s decisions to disqualify candidates for the position of police officer at administrative appeals held before the New York City Civil Service Commission. 

The Civil Section also defends the Department’s interests in special proceedings in New York State Supreme Court wherein petitioners seek to compel the Department to disclose records exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).  The Civil Section provides litigation assistance to the Corporation Counsel on significant cases and verifies pleadings and discovery responses and assists when necessary in the production of documents and witnesses for trial.

Contact information for the Civil Section of the NYPD Legal Bureau:

1 Police Plaza
Legal Bureau, Room 1406
New York, NY 10038
Attn: Civil Section

Telephone: (646) 610-5400
Fax: (646) 610-8395

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