Wasting top cops
Jul 28, 2020 | 1280 views | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea say they are directing the NYPD's finest resources to halt gun violence.

But that's not true when it comes to 13 detectives who are stationed overseas under the NYPD's International Liaison program.

These high-paid and highly experienced investigators work with police in Singapore, Paris, Sydney, Abu Dhabi and other locations under a counterterrorism program created by former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly after 9/11, and now run by Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence John Miller.

Miller claims his ongoing operation prevents terrorist attacks, but won't provide any details or explain how these detectives don't duplicate overseas work done by the CIA and FBI.

New York's explosion of gun violence is homegrown terrorism. and we need our top detectives back on the streets.

My outrage stems from two factors: I'm a member of the 107th Police Precinct's Community Council and I'm a taxpayer.

During Hollywood's Golden Age, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby made a series of musical-comedy "road" movies, including The Road to Singapore.

Now, NYPD detectives are on the real road to Singapore, and the joke is on New York City taxpayers and everyone who depends on police protection.

I hope voters put pressure on our elected officials to end this disgraceful waste of vital resources.

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills

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