New York, NY - Gift Giving In The Spotlight At Seminar For Senior NYPD Officers
New York, NY - Today’s lesson may have been all about drawing lines, but instead of being given in art class or a geometry lesson, it was the main topic at a special seminar for NYPD members about the rules and regulations of accepting gifts.
Executive All In is a day-long conference held approximately every six months to brief higher ranking members of the NYPD on relevant matters, reported the Daily News. But while previous seminars have included sessions on counter terrorism, evaluating officers and dealing with the media, the Tuesday event addressed police protocol on gifts in light of the recent scandals that have dogged the NYPD.
Close to 800 members of New York’s Finest, including Commissioner Bill Bratton, were in attendance at Executive All In, held at the police academy in College Point, Queens.
Lawrence Byrne, the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters, discussed conflicts of interest during an ethics seminar, clarifying situations that might leave some scratching their heads in confusion wondering what to do.
“A lot of the guys weren’t sure of certain things,” remarked NYPD spokesman Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis. “There are gray issues. But some of it should be obvious.”
Accepting a $50 gift certificate to a store from the officers in your command on the birth of a new baby? Not a problem, Byrne told officers.
An all expenses-paid trip to Bermuda? Definitely a bad idea, noted Byrne.
Byrne reiterated the department’s policy of encouraging police supervisors to call the NYPD’s legal division if they have any questions about what types of gifts cross the line.
“They’ve always been told to call,” said Davis. “Now it’s just being highlighted more because this investigation is going on and it’s been in the news.”
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