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August 9, 2000 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Howard Safir, whose leadership of New York's Police Department was marked by plummeting crime rates but also racial incidents that drew national attention, announced Tuesday he is resigning as commissioner. "I am leaving probably the best job that any human being could have," he told a City Hall news conference with, as usual, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani at his side. "Crime is the lowest it's been in three decades."
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August 9, 2000 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Howard Safir, whose leadership of New York's Police Department was marked by plummeting crime rates but also racial incidents that drew national attention, announced Tuesday he is resigning as commissioner. "I am leaving probably the best job that any human being could have," he told a City Hall news conference with, as usual, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani at his side. "Crime is the lowest it's been in three decades."
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April 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
New York City's police union voted no-confidence in the city's police commissioner, who has come under fire for actions rank-and-file officers say would get them in trouble--such as using detectives to chauffeur guests at his daughter's wedding. Police Commissioner Howard Safir is also under attack for taking a trip to the Oscars, courtesy of a Revlon executive, and other actions.
NATIONAL
December 10, 2011 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
Armed with a search warrant, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing cows on the Brossart family farm in the early evening of June 23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said. Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called in reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three other counties.
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August 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
New York Police Commissioner Howard Safir, a close ally of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, will resign today, police sources say. Safir, a former fire commissioner, came to the high-profile job in April 1996. He and Giuliani presided over a dramatic drop in crime but have been criticized for strong-arm police tactics, especially against minorities.
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April 16, 1997 | Associated Press
A corporate helicopter with four people aboard crashed into the East River off midtown Manhattan seconds after takeoff Tuesday, killing one person and critically injuring at least one other, authorities said. "It appears the tail rotor came off, for whatever reason," Police Commissioner Howard Safir said. Police did not identify the victims, but said the chopper was owned by the Colgate-Palmolive Co. and was on its way to White Plains after dropping off two passengers from Piscataway, N.J.
NEWS
April 8, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A teenager killed by police after he allegedly threatened officers with a machete was shot in the back, Police Commissioner Howard Safir said. Safir and Manhattan Dist. Atty. Robert Morgenthau promised a full investigation into the shooting early Sunday of 16-year-old Kevin Cedeno by Officer Anthony Pellegrini.
NEWS
August 8, 1985 | Associated Press
Police answering a complaint about an illegally parked car Wednesday recaptured Bernard Welch, the master burglar who escaped three months ago from a prison where he was serving a sentence for murdering a prominent Washington cardiologist. Welch, 45, of Great Falls, Va., was turned over to federal custody Wednesday afternoon and taken back to the U.S. penitentiary at Marion, Ill., Howard Safir, assistant director for operations of the U.S. Marshals Service, said in Washington, D.C.
OPINION
December 25, 2007
Re "Giuliani faces 9/11 backlash," Dec. 19 Howard Safir, who ran the New York fire and police departments under Rudy Giuliani and now heads First Responders for Rudy, states that the 9/11 Firefighters and Families, a group working against Giuliani, is wrong to claim the emergency radios didn't work in the World Trade Center disaster. Instead, he states it was only repeaters that were not working, thereby limiting the range of the radios in high-rise buildings.
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March 29, 1996 | Reuters
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani tapped New York City's fire commissioner Thursday to run the Police Department. He succeeds Commissioner William Bratton, who is leaving after months of mounting tensions with City Hall. Fire Commissioner Howard Safir, 53, is an old and trusted friend of the mayor's. He is a Bronx native who began his career in 1965 as an undercover federal narcotics agent. He eventually served as deputy director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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December 15, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
New York City Police Commissioner Howard Safir outlined a controversial plan to take DNA samples from every person arrested in the city and create a database to speed the ability of police to solve crimes, identify repeat offenders and save costs. "We're not going to use it for anything other than identification," Safir said. "The innocents have nothing to fear. Only if you are guilty should you worry about DNA testing."
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