The NYPD third commander told a subordinate to “sit down” as he urged him over shoddy papers and lack of training during a recent closed-door meeting, according to a video obtained by The Post Sunday.
The clip shows a frustrated department head Rodney Harrison disguising Assistant Inspector Michael King, the commander of the Special Victims Division, during Thursday’s Compstat meeting at One Police Plaza.
Harrison is triggered after King admitted that the troubled division – which investigates sex crimes – has a “really big problem with this documentation work.”
“Now, I apologize for not being a high school teacher, but it’s hard to get these detectives to properly document and write down what they should,” King said. “It’s not an easy job with these detectives.”
“There is a culture in this division, in the department, in the office in terms of writing things right,” he continues, while others in the room remain silent.
Harrison then interrupts him to say, “Mike, I don’t know if that’s the answer I want to hear,” then asks about what the CO did to fix the problem, including transfers or discipline. .
“I mean I could go on for weeks in discipline,” Harrison says. “Did you do anything of this nature?” “
King then says he “threw a few people out” of the unit, but not for “documentation.”
That’s when Harrison triggers another round of questions.
“What training did you do? ” he asks. “How can you explain to me that detectives aren’t good at documenting but you haven’t done anything about it?” That’s my problem. So if detectives are the problem… what did you do to fix it? “
King suggests that “we have a documentation class that we are trying to build”.
But Harrison replies, “But Mike, how long have you been there?”
King replies that he has been leading the unit for a year.
“How long?” asks a stunned Harrison. “You’ve been here 12 months and now you’re doing it? Come on man, I’m not buying this. Sit!”
The tense exchange took place at the weekly Compstat meeting, where another NYPD unit is brought in to face the brass band of the police.
SVD has been going through upheavals for years.
In March 2018, the city’s investigation department uncovered a series of issues, including understaffing, mismanagement of business, and a questionable priority system for rapes.
The NYPD disputed some findings, but also implemented changes – one of which was to bring in Judith Harrison, a former precinct commander, to lead the unit before it was transferred in 2020 to the head of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North.
King was chosen to replace Harrison, who has no connection with the head of the department. The former nurse, 45, joined the force in 2000 and previously served as the commander of the NYPD’s crime scene unit.
In a statement, NYPD spokesperson Sgt. Edward Riley noted that Compstat is “built around performance and accountability”.
“It’s a place where you often ask tough questions of senior commanders. This discussion, in its frank and frank manner, was about whether or not there was a problem with a Special Victims Division investigation, ”Riley said.
“More specifically, the questions revolved around whether the file had been handled correctly or whether the report was incomplete. When it became clear that this would require a longer conversation, Chief Harrison conducted follow-up conversations with the Commanding Officer during a break. “
DEA Chairman Paul DiGiacomo said NYPD leaders need to be at their best “during these most difficult times.”
He added: “The senior officers of the Special Victims Division should lead those in the unit – without making excuses, blaming and shirking their responsibilities. ”