“NYPD Inspector General to start work next week, have a staff of 43”May 23, 2014
NYPD Inspector General to Start Work Next Week, Have a Staff of 43
The NYPD’s new inspector general will start work next week and will have a staff of 43, officials said Thursday.
Department of Investigation commissioner Mark Peters said the IG, Phil Eure, will start work May 27 and will ultimately head up a large unit. Mayor de Blasio’s executive budget gives the department $3.7 million to hire 43 staffers to work under the IG.
Peters lauded the law creating the inspector general, which was passed last year over strenuous objections by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, backed up by his DOI commissioner.
“The purpose [is] to strengthen accountability and instill greater confidence. This type of third-party examination by investigators who understand law enforcement and police oversight is crucial to independent findings,” he said at a City Council budget hearing. “As the city’s anti-corruption agency, DOI is uniquely situated for this type of review.”
He said Eure, who comes from a job heading Washington D.C.’s Office of Police Complaints, has begun interviewing candidates for top jobs, and both he and Eure have met with police commissioner Bill Bratton and other NYPD brass.
“The NYPD has been enormously cooperative,” he said.
But he said the IG would likely spend the next few months staffing up the brand new office before beginning any serious probes.