NEW YORK — The top officers of a scandal-scarred police precinct were replaced Friday in a shake-up that went through the ranks from sergeants up to a borough commander.
Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward said at a news conference that the transfers were neither punitive nor disciplinary.
"My primary concern is restoring confidence in the community," Ward said. "My secondary concern is to move these people who are not the targets of investigations into other commands."
A shake-up had been expected since the department suspended one sergeant and 12 patrol officers amid allegations that some of the 77th Precinct's 220 officers stole money and narcotics from drug dealers.
Ward said he hopes the reassignments will "remove the onus that has been placed on the integrity of those who had no involvement in the misconduct."