For a second time, Ray Kelly departs as police commissioner at the end of one mayoral administration with Bill Bratton due to succeed him in the next.
But this handoff of the NYPD baton has a sharply different feel from the 1994 version.
Twenty years ago, Bratton came in under GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s aggressive anti-crime mandate. Kelly had been Democratic Mayor David Dinkins’s commissioner...Read more »
UPDATED 12/5/13 at 6:45 P.M.: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced he is returning old law enforcement hand Bill Bratton to the NYPD commissioner post, and the two vowed a “new day” of community policing.
“Public safety and respect for the public aren’t contradictory ideas,” de Blasio said at a news conference in Brooklyn. De Blasio would be the second New York City mayor Bratton,...Read more »
"The Americans" actress Keri Russell experienced a scary early morning incident Wednesday as two men broke into Brooklyn Heights home while she was sleeping, police said.
Russell, who lives in the house with her husband and two children, was awaked when Ronald and Steffon Swindell entered in her home around 3 a.m., investigators said.
The actress, who films her show in New...Read more »
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly yesterday announced a gun buyback on Staten Island Saturday.
The buyback program offers $200 for working handguns and assault rifles and $20 for rifles and shotguns -- no questions asked. Participants will get cash in the form of a bank card for up to three firearms.
The gun buyback event, funded by the NYPD and Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan's...Read more »
A series of punching attacks - including one against a 12-year-old Brooklyn boy - are being investigated by the NYPD to determine if they are part of a violent behavior known as the "knockout game."
The attacks, in which victims are punched by a stranger, have been reported by police in other parts of the United States and England.
Tuesday>, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said...Read more »
A pedestrian safety group Tuesday released a report offering Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio tips from other cities on how to achieve his "Vision Zero" pledge against street injuries and fatalities.
Transportation Alternatives' report, "Proven Tactics, Better Enforcement," suggests that de Blasio should foster a "general deterrence" so drivers believe they will be...Read more »
Cops are searching for two muggers in Flushing who robbed three people at gunpoint Sunday.
The duo targeted their first victim, a 22-year-old man, at 12:25 a.m. near 58th Road and 138th Street. The victim told police he was put in a chokehold as one of the muggers displayed a firearm and took a Samsung Galaxy phone and wallet. Then, at 12:45, the muggers stuck up a 31-year-old man and a 38-year-old...Read more »
Cops say they arrested the man wanted for allegedly raping a woman in Central Park early Sunday morning.
Officers found Omar Hoist, 32, at Metropolitan Hospital Tuesday night and charged the homeless man with rape, strangulation and assault. A spokeswoman for the Manhattan DA's office said they were awaiting his arraignment.
The NYPD said Hoist approached a woman near 88th Street and...Read more »
As thefts of Apple products rise in New York, the NYPD and the City Council are thinking differently to curb the surge.
During a hearing of the council's Consumer Affairs Committee Monday, the NYPD said there were 16,000 thefts of Apple products last year, accounting for 14% of all crimes in the city in 2012.
To curb the trend, the council is mulling a bill that would mandate that all...Read more »
A city teacher was charged with grand larceny Wednesday for allegedly using a coworker's credit card at a Bloomingdale's retail store, the NYPD said.
A Department of Education spokesman said Faith Ayala, 44, who was arrested at 11:40 a.m. in southeastern Bronx, will be reassigned to clerical work outside of city schools. She has been a DOE employee since 2003 with a $64,006-a-year salary....Read more »