The NYPD is poised to issue a no-bid contract to a Martha’s Vineyard-based firm who’s boss is a pal of Bill Bratton who worked with the police commissioner when he was a private consultant, records show.
The department plans to sign the deal with Strategic Policy Partnerships to fulfill Bratton and Mayor de Blasio’s mandate to fix community policing in the wake of the Eric Garner case.
The firm would help high-ranking officers mend community relations and enhance cadet training among other tasks, according to a Dec. 19 notice in the City Record, the city’s official publication for procurements.
The consulting firm is run by Bratton friend Robert Wasserman. Bratton — who ran his own law-enforcement consulting firm, the Bratton Group, before taking over the NYPD’s top job last January — raked in more than $53,000 while working with Wasserman on a contract with the Baltimore Police Department in 2013.
Their firms also worked together as law-enforcement consultants in Oakland, Calif., where Bratton earned $125,000.
Last year, Wasserman’s firm had a contract “involving the transition of the Bratton administration in 2014” that was funded through the nonprofit Police Foundation, according to NYPD Deputy
Commissioner Stephen Davis.
But the new contract will be with the NYPD and will be paid for by taxpayers.
The NYPD refused to disclose the amount of the contract, and Police Foundation President Susan Birnbaum did not return calls.