New York City police officials say a legal settlement over their department's counterterrorism tactics in Muslim neighborhoods won't curtail its use of informants and undercover investigators to identify threats.

The city announced Thursday it had settled two civil rights lawsuits accusing the New York Police Department of infiltrating mosques and other locations in Muslim communities in illegal fishing expeditions for terror suspects.

Police officials still deny they did anything wrong.

Civil rights lawyers say the settlement is meaningful because it will allow a civilian lawyer to serve on a panel that monitors police investigations.