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January – June 2002

June 24, 2002
Preparing to Face Travail of Trial
Amid a scattering of family and friends, former Deputy Insp. Dennis Sindone appeared in the Police Department trial room last week. Sindone, the highest ranking officer accused of corruption in recent department history, faces charges similar to those a jury acquitted him of in federal court three months before - conspiring with a rogue cop to stage a drug dealer's arrest and stealing $60,000.

June 17, 2002
In Tough Times, Ward Survived
From the day Mayor Edward I. Koch announced Benjamin Ward's appointment as the city's first black police commissioner through the six years he served, Ward's tenure was defined by one word - race.

June 3, 2002
Still Slighted With a Suffix
It was merely symbolic, perhaps, but the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association has defeated a motion to change its name.

May 27, 2002
Louima Report Raises Doubts
You don't have to defend brutal cops or those who covered up or looked the other way when Abner Louima was sodomized in 1997 to recognize something stinks when - five years later - prosecutors release statements that cast doubts on Louima's credibility and former officer Charles Schwarz's guilt.

May 20, 2002
Raising Funds, Raising Eyebrows
Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes has already begun fund-raising for his re-election campaign. Unlike the city's other district attorneys, Hynes is the only one to begin fund-raising three years early.

May 13, 2002
Worrisome Words Of Cops' Trainer
James Fyfe's being named director of training at the Police Department may raise concerns about just what lessons he will be teaching young cops.

May 6, 2002
Protecting Rudy: Nearly $1M a Year
Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has at least a dozen police detectives protecting him and his family at an estimated cost to taxpayers of nearly $1 million a year, a high-ranking police official has told Newsday.

April 29, 2002
Molinari Gives Up Police Bodyguard
Guy Molinari lost his police protection last Thursday. Oh? You didn't know the former Staten Island borough president had a police bodyguard, although he's been out of public office since January?

April 22, 2002
Black Officers Hit Glass Ceiling
Let's not be so quick to dismiss Lt. Eric Adams' criticism that under Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, African-American police officers are "losing ground."

April 15, 2002
The Lost Son's Lost Daughter
Here's another week in the life of the sometimes dysfunctional family known as the New York Police Department.

April 8, 2002
Kelly Makes His Mark in 100 Days
Now that Ray Kelly has been police commissioner for 100 days, let's see how he's doing.

March 25, 2002
Bratton's Return Is Quiet Big Deal
There were no pipers from the Emerald Society. No news conference. Not even a formal announcement.

March 18, 2002
Officer's Fate In Kelly's Hands
The police department's Firearms Review Board has recommended no disciplinary action against Mark Conway, a white Street Crime Unit cop found guilty in state court of accidentally shooting an unarmed black teenager in May 1999 in the Bronx.

March 11, 2002
It Wasn't Fahey's Finest Moment
Here's the latest in the Bernie, Tom and Judith story involving jewelry and a cell phone that was supposedly stolen from the set at Fox television.

March 4, 2002
Court Ruling Puts The Heat on Worth
A federal appeals court has spoken. And if Stephen Worth is allowed to spend another day defending a cop either in court or in the Police Department trial room, someone should be asking Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch some hard questions.

February 25, 2002
Mayor In Pilot Seat
City Hall may refuse to divulge whether Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew his private jet to Bermuda or some other international hot spot over the past weekends. So let us be the first to inform the world that the mayor has done some joyriding in a police helicopter, albeit to a more mundane destination.

February 18, 2002
Anxiety Over Stress Claims
Police brass can see it coming - a blue wave of post-traumatic stress disorder claims stemming from the horrific World Trade Center attack.

February 11, 2002
Almost Impossible To Shed 'The Taint'
Having been awarded half a million dollars and promotion to deputy inspector in his lawsuit against the Police Department, Capt. Tim Donovan might be considered a winner. But according to the Rules of Payback as cited by the salty dog former chief Aaron Rosenthal, Donovan's chances of departmental redemption appear slim to none.

January 28, 2002
A Fed-Friendly NYPD? Not Yet
When former CIA spook David Cohen was introduced at City Hall as the Police Department's deputy commissioner of intelligence, he stood with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

January 21, 2002
Handicapping Kelly's Field
It's been three weeks since Ray Kelly became police commissioner, and he says it will be at least another two until he names his top staff. Why the wait?

January 14, 2002
In the Long Run, Hobnobbing Pays
Chief Michael Scagnelli has shot a bear in Canada, a leopard in Zimbabwe and a Himalayan tahr in New Zealand. Last week, he bagged another prize he'd had in his sights - Lt. Don Henne.

January 7, 2002
Friendly Facade A Fabulous Farce
Ray Kelly was sworn in as police commissioner Friday on a wind of such goodwill, you'd never suspect the ill will just beneath.

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