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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Quota Questioning Police Commander Gets Transferred

Precinct commander Peter Bartoszek, at odds with cops over allegations of quota-based policing, gets transferred 
The New York Daily News by Rocco Parascandola  -  May 23, 2012
Source says move was to clear up toxic working environment at Brooklyn station house 

Deputy Inspector Peter Bartoszek, who had been at odds with cops over allegations ticket quotas, was transferred from 79th Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant. NYPD brass has transferred a precinct commander who had been at odds with many cops in his Brooklyn stationhouse over allegations of quota-based policing. Deputy Inspector Peter Bartoszek was moved on Friday from the 79th Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant to the Special Victims Division, where he will be executive officer, or second in command, the Daily News has learned. Deputy Inspector Michael LiPetri, who was running the 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway, will take over the 79th. An NYPD spokeswoman, Inspector Kim Royster, said the 20-year veteran’s transfer was part of a routine personnel shuffling that involved several commands. But a police source familiar with tensions within the 79th Precinct stationhouse said the transfer was made to clear up a toxic working environment. The News reported in late 2010 that officers on the 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift were considering a daylong summons-writing boycott to protest what they considered to be quotas. The boycott never happened. Last month, nine cops charged that they had been given subpar evaluations as payback, they believed, for complaining about the alleged quotas and for taking sides with an officer in a racially charged incident. Captains Endowment Association head Roy Richter said Bartoszek is highly regarded. “His new assignment gives him citywide responsibility for major investigations, and is a natural progression for a talented leader,” he said.

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