Dept of Investigation Challenges Budget Cuts

The Commissioner for the City's Department of Investigation is warning that planned budget cuts to the watchdog agency leave the City vulnerable to fraud and corruption. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn told the City Council that the latest cuts would hamper DOI's ability to follow up on the tips that could lead to criminal convictions and major cash recoveries for the City. Despite budget cuts for 2008, DOI had a banner year logging more than 840 arrests and recovering $22 million for the city's coffers. For the upcoming budget year Mayor Bloomberg has allocated $19 million for the agency. DOI is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the nation. It was founded over 130 years ago in the aftermath of the infamous Tammany Hall scandals. DOI lead the recent investigation that resulted in the criminal indictment of three city Correction officers for allegedly using inmate gangs to terrorize other detainees.