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New Commissioner Could Lead To Even More Change In NYPD's Top Ranks

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There's lots of speculation over who mayor elect Bill de Blasio will pick as his police commissioner, but whoever is elected, it means there will be plenty of personnel changes at the top of the NYPD. NY1's Criminal Justice Reporter Dean Meminger filed the following report.

No matter who the next police commissioner will be, one thing is certain, he or she won't be the only new or different face at police headquarters. Several changes are expected among top NYPD brass.

"The new police commissioner is going to determine who that they want in that role and if the person sitting there is not the person, generally they end up, many times they leave the police department,” said Roy Richter, president of the Captains Union.

Police insiders said high ranking two- and three- star chiefs, as well as deputy commissioners who are for the most part civilians, know there is a good chance they will be reassigned or asked to resign. Roy Richter is the head of the captains union and represents captains, inspectors and one-star chiefs.

"Your senior managers in the police department are your three stars. We have about maybe 12 persons in the rank of three-star and above, as well as you have deputy commissioners. All of those are managers of a three-star equivalent rank. And generally those are hand selected by the police commissioner and they can be hand unselected by the new police commissioner,” said Richter.

Richter says when Commissioner Ray Kelly took the helm in 2002, he created some new positions such as chief of staff and a terrorism bureau. Of course that was during a unique time for the city, right after the 9/11 attacks. Within the year, Richter said other personnel changes were made.

Back in the 90s, when Bill Bratton was commissioner, he made lots of moves of long time top chiefs as he tackled high crime numbers. Some bosses felt they were pushed out because of their age and they sued.

"The city paid out a judgment to a number of the chiefs,” said Richter. “The court didn’t find in Commissioner Bratton's favor or the city's favor."

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has mentioned Bratton as a possible candidate to replace Commissioner Kelly. Chief of department Phil Banks has been mentioned as well.

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