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NYPD faces prospect of 2 new watchdogs; backers see roles for both, critics foresee overlap

The New York Police Department has spent years burnishing a reputation as one of the nation's most potent police forces. Now it appears poised to become one of the most closely monitored.

A federal judge said this week that the department made thousands of racially discriminatory street stops and appointed a monitor to direct changes.

City lawmakers are set to vote Thursday on overriding a mayoral veto to create an inspector general for the NYPD, among other changes. Backers expect to get enough votes.

Advocates see distinct roles for both prospective new watchdogs. They would have different scopes and powers.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has resisted the push for more oversight of the NYPD. He says the court ruling should give lawmakers pause about adding more monitoring.