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Philip Eure will serve as the NYPD's first inspector general

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Philip Eure will become the New York City Police Department's first Inspector General, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a statement on Friday afternoon.

"Independent police review is a critical component in the constant improvement of our public safety efforts, and will help us enhance the operations, programs and practices of the NYPD, while also strengthening the NYPD's relationship with the community," de Blasio said in a statement.

Eure will begin his tenure on May 27. Eure is currently serving as the executive director of the District of Columbia's Office of Police Complaints, a position he has held since 2000.

"Leading the first inspector general office of the NYPD is an incredible opportunity to work with the premier police department [that] is globally recognized in one of the greatest cities in the world," Eure told New York Daily News on Friday.

Eure has also served as president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, a senior trial attorney for the Employment Litigation Section for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

In August, the New York City Council overrode then Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's vetoes to create the inspector general position and make racial profiling claims against the police department.