The NFL owners have voted on a new personal-conduct policy and the vote was unanimously approved, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Wednesday.
It is not clear on when the new policy will take effect.
Goodell said the new policy is "tough" and will be "better" for all people associated with the NFL.
The new policy will "embrace the use of independent investigations." The NFL will explore hiring a special counsel for investigations and conduct.
The NFL has decided it can "no longer defer entirely to the decisions of the criminal justice system, which is governed by processes and considerations that are not appropriate to a workplace"
The new policy will implement an element of leave with pay during investigations of persons charged with violent crimes.
The new policy "essentially removes the commissioner from the initial disciplinary proceedings," Goodell has caught a lot of criticism for mishandling the domestic violence case of Ray Rice. This would help Goodell distance himself from the process.