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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NYPD dissolves mafia investigation unit

The NYPD is finally dumping the unit responsible for investigating the mafia.

The Organized Crime Control Bureau will be a thing of the past under the department’s strategic reorganization that goes into effect citywide in March, officials said.

“What we’re moving towards is a unified investigations model,” NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill said during a briefing at NYPD headquarters at One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan.

“In each Patrol Borough there’s going to be an investigations chief and reporting to that investigations chief is going to be the precinct detective squads, Narco, Gang and Vice,” he said.

Each Detective Chief, AKA Super Chief, instead of reporting to the commander of the patrol borough will report to Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, O’Neill said.

“So all the investigative entities are going to move to the chief of detectives office,” O’Neill said. ‘Basically, we’re eliminating the Organized Crime Control Bureau.”

Boyce will be in charge of all the department’s investigative resources except for the Internal Affairs Bureau and Intelligence, which deals with counter-terrorism.

“Narcotics is not the issue it was back 20 years ago,” Boyce said. “Now we have gangs that are driven by credit card fraud.”

Under the new system, investigators can go directly to the investigative chief and report problems with narcotics, gangs, crews and get solutions, O’Neill said.

“This will give us the laser like focus on the issue at hand,” O’Neill said. “Sometimes that’s where the frustration was. Gang would be doing great work here, Narco would be doing great work here. But we need to better coordinate our resources to be better focused and to continue to push crime down.”

The NYPD has reported the lowest crime data in January last month and has been experiencing a decrease in shootings. The number of homicides increased in 2015 over 2014, however.



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