Ex-sergeant: NYPD sex crimes unit needs to take scathing report seriouslyNews 

Ex-sergeant: NYPD sex crimes unit needs to take scathing report seriously


Ex-sergeant: NYPD sex crimes unit needs to take scathing report seriously

The NYPD’s Special Victims Division is laughably short-staffed — and the DOI’s scathing report needs to be taken seriously, a retired sex-crimes sergeant testified Monday before the City Council.

“For a long time, the running joke on the office was, ‘Can I have another cinderblock as I’m swimming in the pool?’ ” said Michael Bock, who retired in July after 9¹/₂ years on the Manhattan squad. “Having 20 open cases on your screen doesn’t feel good.”

Bock criticized the NYPD, saying it needs to implement the city Department of Investigation’s recommendations to revamp the embattled division, including adding 73 more detectives.

“They nailed it,” Bock said about the DOI’s report. “I don’t understand how anyone can argue with these recommendations. None will be detrimental to investigations. What are we afraid of? The Police Department has a chance and an obligation as the largest police department in the country to be the example. A choice to lead or play catch up is in the city’s hands.”


Bock, who supervised 15,000 cases involving mostly adult sex crimes, said new detectives need “thorough, well-rounded training,” and suggested mandating a six-week course. “Training will vastly improve the survivor experience,” he testified.

He also suggested giving Special Victims squads new locations off NYPD property.

“The phones are ringing . . . very chaotic. It’s dirty and cramped. You see mouse traps in the corners of the room and under investigators desks,” he said of the current setup. “Think maybe the survivor stress level is a 10? All of you should visit the adult squads accompanied by a survivor and see for yourselves.”


Related posts

Leave a Comment