According to the video which was obtained by The Post on Sunday, the NYPD’s third-in-command asked on one of the underlying to “sit down” while he excoriated him for shoddy paperwork and lack of training at a recent closed-door meeting.
The video footage taken on Thursday’s Compstat meeting at One Police Plaza shows how frustrated the Chief of Department, Rodney Harrison was, he was dressing down Deputy Inspector Michael King, the commander of the Special Victim Division.
King finally admitted that the embattled division which mostly probes sex crimes has a “very big problem on this job with documentation”, only after that Harrison did set off.
“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 in the room remain silent.
Later Harrison interrupted him by saying that, “Mike, I’m not sure if that’s the answer I want to hear” and then rattles off questions about what the commander has done in terms of addressing the issue, which included any transfers or 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 but not for “documentation.”
That is when Harrison shoots next series of questions.
“What training have you done?” he demands.
“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 offers up that “we have a documentation class that we’re trying to build.”
But Harrison shoots back, “But Mike, how long have you been there?”
To that King replied saying that he’s been leading the unit for a year.
“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!”