Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Police commander in trouble for phony stats
From the NY Times:
A New York City police commander and four officers are facing internal charges based on a fellow officer’s allegations that crime complaints in the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn were manipulated, the Police Department said.
The commander, Deputy Inspector Steven Mauriello, who was transferred to the Bronx during the inquiry, has been charged with failing to record a grand larceny complaint and with impeding the department’s investigation, according to a police official familiar with the inquiry. Two sergeants and two patrol officers, whose names were unavailable and who served under Inspector Mauriello, also face internal disciplinary charges involving the apparent failure to file a robbery complaint.
The charges, reported Friday evening by The Associated Press, stem from the department’s inquiry into allegations made by Adrian Schoolcraft, a patrol officer who reported suspicions of rampant manipulation of crime statistics in the 81st Precinct in 2008 and 2009 to the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.
Inspector Mauriello denies the charges, which will be heard in hearings before an administrative judge who will make disciplinary recommendations that could range from loss of vacation days or pay to firing if the officers are found guilty. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly will render a final decision.
The charges underscore concerns of current and former police officers who say intense pressure to produce annual crime reductions has led some supervisors and precinct commanders to manipulate statistics.