August 8, 2000 |
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.
April 16, 1997 |
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.
April 8, 1997 |
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.
August 8, 1985 |
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.
March 29, 1996 |
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.
December 15, 1998 |
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."