The NYPD’s third-in-command advised an underling to “sit down” as he excoriated him for shoddy paperwork and lack of coaching at a latest closed-door assembly, in keeping with video obtained by The Post Sunday.
The clip exhibits a annoyed Chief of Department Rodney Harrison dressing down Deputy Inspector Michael King, the commander of the Special Victims Division, at Thursday’s Compstat assembly at One Police Plaza.
Harrison is ready off after King admits that the embattled division — which probes intercourse crimes — has a “very big problem on this job with documentation.”
“Now, I apologize for not being a grammar school teacher but it is hard to get these detectives to document properly and write down what they should,” King says. “That is not an easy job with these detectives.”
“There’s a culture in this division, in the department, in the bureau in terms of writing things properly,” he continues, as others within the room stay silent.
Harrison then interrupts him to say, “Mike, I’m not sure if that’s the answer I want to hear” after which rattles off questions on what the commander has executed by way of addressing the difficulty, together with any transfers or self-discipline.
“I mean I could go on for weeks regarding discipline,” Harrison says. “Have you done anything of that nature?”
King then says he’s “thrown a few people out” of the unit however not for “documentation.”
That’s when Harrison fires off one other sequence of questions.
“What training have you done?” he calls for. “How can you explain to me that the detectives are no good at documenting but you have done nothing about it? That’s my problem. So if the detectives are the problem … what have you done to fix it?”
King presents up that “we have a documentation class that we’re trying to build.”
But Harrison shoots again, “But Mike, how long have you been there?”
King responds that he’s been main the unit for a yr.
“How long?” a bewildered Harrison asks. “You been there for 12 months and now you’re doing it? C’mon man, I’m not buying that. Sit down!”
The tense alternate got here in the course of the weekly Compstat assembly, the place a unique NYPD unit is hauled in to face the music from police brass.
SVD has been going by upheavals for years.
In March 2018, the town’s Department of Investigation uncovered a sequence of points, together with understaffing, mishandling of circumstances and a questionable precedence system for rapes.
The NYPD challenged sure findings but additionally applied modifications — considered one of which was bringing in Judith Harrison, a former precinct commander, to guide the unit earlier than she was transferred in 2020 to helm Patrol Borough Brooklyn North.
Tapped to switch Harrison, who’s of no relation to the chief of division, was King. The former nurse, 45, joined the drive in 2000 and beforehand served as commander of the NYPD’s Crime Scene Unit.
In a press release, NYPD spokesman Sgt. Edward Riley notd that Compstat is “designed around performance and accountability.”
“It is a place where top commanders are often asked tough questions. This discussion in its frank, candid, manner sought to discern whether or not there was an issue with a Special Victims Division investigation,” Riley stated.
“Specifically, the questions focused on whether the case was handled correctly or whether the report writing was incomplete. When it became clear this would require a longer conversation Chief Harrison conducted follow up conversations with the commanding officer during a break.”