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Guide to the John Zuccotti Papers
 MS 3018

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Series IV. Mayor's Advisory Committee on Police Management and Personnel Policy, 1983-1997. 1.17 Linear feet

Biographical / Historical

In May 1985, New York City Mayor Edward Koch announced that he had formed an advisory committee to examine the management policies and practices of the city's Police Department. The review was prompted by a series of allegations of brutality and other misconduct by the police, often involving African-Americans as the victims. These included the killing of an elderly woman, Eleanor Bumpurs, during a confrontation with police. The committee was to review the recruitment, hiring, medical and psychological testing, supervision, and promotion of officers, and to recommend changes. John Zuccotti, then an arbitrator respected by both management and labor, as well as someone broadly familiar with the city and city departments from his time on the Planning Commission and as Deputy Mayor, was named as Chairman of the advisory group. The nine member panel released its final report about 18 months later, in February 1987. It included about 50 recommendations including random drug testing, higher pay, the expansion of the Civilian Complaint Board to include other than police employees, longer probationary periods, and other measures.

Scope and Contents

The series includes the Committee's three volume final report, drafts of some of the sections, minutes of the group's meetings, reference material, and correspondence. The reference material includes information concerning several of the incidents that spurred the creation of the Committee, especially the case of Eleanor Bumpurs. Correspondence includes three letters from Mayor Koch to John Zuccotti responding to the report. Some reports related to police matters dating from the 1990s that were found in Zuccotti's files are also included in the series.


The series is arranged by document type and subject.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 11-12 Committee minutes (2 folders)
1985 June-1987 January
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 13 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes resume and application letter of Joseph P. Viteritti, who was hired as Executive Director. Includes a copy of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Criminal Justice's 1983 "Report on Hearings in New York City on Police Misconduct [Police Brutality]."

1983, 1985
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 14 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes a report from the Police Department summarizing time committed to training in January 1986; an early draft outline for Chapter 1 of the committee's report (February 1986); information requests; transmittals of clippings; letter of appreciation to Zuccotti from Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward; excerpt from "Report of the Mayor's Commission on Hispanic Concerns," sent to Commission members; and comments on the Committee's preliminary report from James J. Fyfe, Associate Professor at American University in Washington.

Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 15 Correspondence

Scope and Contents

Includes Nicholas Mancuso's (President, Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York) comments on the Committee's preliminary report, and Zuccotti's response; draft of Zuccotti's transmittal of the final report to Mayor Edward I. Koch; transmittals for the final bound report; acknowledgements from some recipients of the bound report, including from First Deputy Police Commissioner Richard J. (Dick) Condon; comments from M.C. (Wally) Dobellis, Chairman of the Committee to Save the Police Academy of the Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association; and draft proposed statement about the report for Phil Caruso, President of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 16 Correspondence. Mayor Edward I. Koch

Scope and Contents

Includes three letters from Mayor Koch to Zuccotti expressing acknowledgement, thanks and his particular concern about the Commission's report (February-April) and New York's "Report on the Recommendations of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Police Management and Personnel Policy" transmitted by Koch (September).

Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 17 Notes & Stationery
circa 1986
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 18 Press Releases
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 19 Police Misconduct/Police Brutality

Scope and Contents

Includes copies of two memos sent to Mayor Edward Koch concerning the Eleanor Bumpurs case, in which an African-American woman was shot by police during a confrontation in 1984, and summaries of the Bumpurs and other cases of police misconduct prepared by the Commission (circa mid 1986).

Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 20 Suggested Bibliography

Scope and Contents

Includes the Police Department's suggestions for resources as requested by the Commission.

Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 21 "A Survey of Total Compensation of Police Officers"

Scope and Contents

Includes the draft and final of the report prepared for the Commission by Program Planners, Inc.

1986 September
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 22 Case Law on Drug Testing for Police Officers

Scope and Contents

Includes summaries of judicial rulings concerning testing prepared for the Commission.

Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 23 Clippings
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 24 "Police Professionalism in New York City: The Zuccotti Committee in Historical Context"

Scope and Contents

Includes the reflections of former Commission Executive Director Joseph P. Viteritti: a typewritten manuscript and two copies of the published version in the "Occasional Papers from The Center for Research in Crime and Justice at New York University School of Law." One of the copies is inscribed to Zuccotti by the author.

Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 25 Preliminary Report

Scope and Contents

Includes a draft (November 7) and the final (November 10).

1986 November
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 26 Draft: Findings & Recommendations
1986 July
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 27 Draft: Executive Summary
1986 September
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 28 Briefing Paper
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 29 Draft 5: Chapter 2. Selection
1986 November
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 30 Draft 4: Chapter 3. Training
1986 October
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 31 Drafts 4 & 5: Chapter 4. Promotion
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 32 Draft 5: Chapter 5. Internal Investigations & Discipline; Draft 6: Chapter 5. Command Discipline & Supervision
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 33 Draft: Final Report, Vol 1, Findings & Recommendations
1986 December 24
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 1-2 Draft: Final Report, Vol 1, Findings & Recommendations (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Report is dated January 5, 1986, but this is obviously a mistake and should be 1987. The accompanying transmittal shows the correct year.

[1987] January 5
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 3 Draft 3: Chapter 1. Introduction to Volume 2
1987 January
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 4-6 Mayor's Advisory Committee on Police Management and Policy. Final Report. Volumes I, II, and III. (3 folders)

Scope and Contents

Bound copies of the final report. Vol I: Findings and Recommendations; Vol II: Overview of the Department; Vol III: Supporting Documents.

1987 February 24
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 7 Print Matter

Scope and Contents

Includes the Police Department "Official Roster" of November 1985 and Annual Report for 1985.

Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 8 Police Arbitration Panel
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 9-10 Commission to Combat Police Corruption (2 folders)

Scope and Contents

Includes three printed reports from the Commission: Performance Study: The Internal Affairs Bureau Command Center,  Monitoring Study: A Review of Investigations Conducted by the Internal Affairs Bureau , and  Second Annual Report of the Commission.

1997 October

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