Seven members of the New York City Police Department were arrested following an Internal Affairs investigation into gambling and prostitution rings in Brooklyn and Queens. Three sergeants, two detectives, and two officers were accused of running protection for the criminal enterprises, which were being run by a retired detective, according to the New York Post. 40 civilians were also arrested as part of the investigation.
The department started the investigation in 2015 after they received a tip from a fellow officer about the illegal activities. Over three years Internal Affairs collected "hundreds of hours of surveillance and multiple (wiretaps)" of the retired officer, an anonymous source told the New York Daily News.
"This was an investigation that was initiated by a member of the service, followed through by Internal Affairs and it came to this conclusion," the source explained. "We're cleaning our own house. This was literally a member of the department calling IAB and saying he didn't like what was going on here."
The NYPD issued a statement saying "there is no place in the NYPD for criminal or unethical behavior."
"Today, those who swore an oath and then betrayed it have felt the consequences of that infidelity. The people of this Department are rightly held to the highest standard, and should they fail to meet it, the penalty will be swift and severe. I thank Deputy Commissioner Joseph Reznick for the thorough investigation performed by the Internal Affairs Bureau, in partnership with the Queens District Attorney's Office, in rooting out this illicit activity. His unit initiated this probe and in doing so, has sent a clear message: there is no place in the NYPD for criminal or unethical behavior."
The department did not release the names of the officers or the charges they are facing.
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