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June 26, 2006
The NYPD’s Politics of Homicide
Even Paul Browne, the police department’s skillful Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, is struggling to put a positive spin on the 9 per cent, six-month homicide rise.

June 19, 2006
Kerik's Lawyer: Bernie Failed to Disclose Gifts
Former police commissioner Bernard Kerik failed to disclose gifts he received to renovate his Bronx apartment, his lawyer acknowledged yesterday.

June 12, 2006
A Short History of the Rise and Fall of Bernie Kerik
So Rudy Giuliani has testified before a Bronx grand jury investigating whether his protégé, former police commissioner Bernie Kerik, accepted $200,000 in freebie renovations from an allegedly mob-controlled company when Kerik served as Corrections Commissioner in 2000.

June 5, 2006
Anti-Terror Funding Cut: Unlikely Payback for Kelly
So it's "payback," is it, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Congressman Peter King have suggested, that led the Department of Homeland Security to cut the city's anti-terrorism grant by 40 per cent.

May 29, 2006
Terrorism Conviction, Message Uncertain
What is the message sent by the conviction of the Pakistani immigrant Shahawar Matin Siraj for planning to blow up the Herald Square subway station?

May 22, 2006
The FBI: Protector of New Yorkers' Civil Rights?
A student protestor who risked a year in jail but insisted on going to trial, claiming she was wrongfully arrested by police during the Republican National Convention, may become a focus of the FBI's civil rights investigation into possible police misconduct.

May 15, 2006
Kelly and the CCRB: Can’t They Just Get Along?
The Civilian Complaint Review Board learned a harsh lesson last week: if you dare to criticize police commissioner Ray Kelly, you do so at your peril.

May 8, 2006
Kelly, the FBI and the DA: Big Love
Big Love was again on display last week between the FBI and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown got in on it too.

May 1, 2006
Mueller and Kelly: Can This Be Love?
Except perhaps for the head of the FBI's New York office Mark Mershon, nobody loves Police Commissioner Ray Kelly more than FBI Director Robert Mueller. Or so it might appear.

April 24, 2006
Can’t Keep Frank Livoti Down
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April 17, 2006
A Glimpse into the NYPD's Wild Blue Yonder
An apparently minor flying incident last November shines a rare light on the police department's elite aviation unit, whose helicopters, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said, play a key role in the department's surveillance against terrorism.

April 10, 2006
Dealing with the Hasidics: Playing with Fire
Chief of Department Joe Esposito learned a painful lesson last week about Brooklyn's Hasidic Jews. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly learned the same lesson 15 years before, which still smarts.

April 3, 2006
The FBI: Which Side of the Law?
No matter how you slice it, dice it, twist it, spin it, parse or vet it, last week was not a good one for law enforcement in New York City.

March 20, 2006
Eating your young: Detectives probed in murder case
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has launched a sweeping investigation of its own detective bureau over press coverage of the murder of Imette St. Guillen, the graduate student found raped and bound off the Belt Parkway after leaving a SoHo bar.

March 6, 2006
Bloomberg’s Insult to New Yorkers
The Mayor’s Commission to Combat Police Corruption has issued its annual report, detailing its work from January through July of 2005. It is an insult to every New Yorker.

February 27, 2006
The Fighting McCarthys Speak Out
It turns out that Deputy Commissioner Garry McCarthy didn’t return to the gas station on the Palisades Parkway to protest a ticket issued his teenage daughter Kyla for parking in a handicapped zone, as the Palisades police maintain he did.

February 20, 2006
The Return of Little Caesar
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has taken a page from the playbook of a man he despises but increasingly resembles — Rudolph Giuliani.

February 13, 2006
A Rare Rebuke for Kelly
A Manhattan State Supreme Court Judge has issued a rare curb on Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's authority.

February 6, 2006
Counter-Terrorists at Community Affairs?
Look at the lengths police commissioner Ray Kelly will go to in justifying his transfer of Douglas Zeigler, the department’s highest-ranking African-American chief, to head the minor bureau known as Community Affairs.

January 30, 2006
The Zeigler Shuffle
It sounded as though something good had happened to Douglas Zeigler, the NYPD’s highest ranking black officer and its only three star-chief.

January 23, 2006
A Most Expensive Ticket
In what may be the most expensive parking ticket since the automobile was invented, Deputy Commissioner Garry McCarthy spent two days in a New Jersey traffic court last week, in an attempt to explain away the circumstances that led to his being disarmed, handcuffed, and arrested.

January 16, 2006
Stealth Shuffle at the NYPD
It's not easy to dump a top chief in the New York City Police Department. The culture of The Job holds that if the boss doesn't want you, you resign. If you don't resign, the boss can figure out a way to get rid of you by making it as uncomfortable as possible.

January 9, 2006
Tiptoeing Around Ray Kelly
The FBI appears to be doing an about-face in dealing with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Now you can almost feel the love.

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