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Scores of NYPD Officers Probed in Ticket Fixing Scheme: Sources

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Bronx grand jury is hearing evidence that as many as 40 police officers from all 12 precinct houses in the borough were involved in an alleged ticket fixing scandal and scores more could be disciplined for their roles.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, say the investigation is focusing on Bronx delegates for the police officers' union. They allegedly fixed tickets for friends and family members of NYPD officers.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg would not comment on the probe but said the city has since changed the way tickets are inventoried to prevent this happening again.

"The practice of just calling up and saying, 'Can you fix a ticket  for me?' really isn't possible anymore because once something is in the data base electronically there is somebody to go see what was removed and why," the mayor said.

The police officers union had no comment.

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Fez

Doesn't the city have anything better to do with their time then worry about the ticket fixing. I am sure most of them fixing was for city officials, diplomats who wouldn't pay the ticket anyway. My tax dollars should be going to reduce the crime on the street. There are matters that should be addressed before this is made a top priority. What is wrong with this city?

Jul. 19 2011 05:05 PM
Hank from New York

When the Broken Window Is a Cop

The cops are under pressure to issue 20 tickets a week and the mayor says there's no quota.

Meanwhile the cops are "fixing" tickets for their friends, families, each other and "vip's", and everyone else in the city is a victim of the quota scheme.

The cops are also padding precinct stats. Reducing felony's to misdermeanors and misdermeanors to violations. They're also discouraging victims from filing complaints in an effort to make the number of crimes committed appear lower than they actually are. After the security failure resulted in the devistating attacks on 9/11 a PR campaign was launched designed to make NY appear to be the "safest big city in America".

The last I heard - criminal charges were filed against 40 cops and 400 cops were facing internal disciplinary action for ticket fixing. Other cops were reassigned or asked to resign. I'm sure the number is a lot higher and I'm also sure nothing is going to change. Some cops have filed suit. I'm also sure many more disgruntled cops were either fired or pressured to quit.

In this city these realities are not scandals they're open secrets. What's happening here goes all the way up through the chain of command from the police department to the mayor's office.

May. 26 2011 01:35 PM

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