In war, so the saying goes, truth is the first casualty. In the quasi-military world of law enforcement, the truth has been known to take a few lumps as well, but for New York police officers the price of lying just went up.
In hopes of knocking down the “blue wall of silence” that stymies investigations of alleged police misconduct, New York City Police Commissioner Howard Safir said Dec. 12 that officers found to have lied to supervisors or during departmental disciplinary hearings will be fired.
Safir said the toughened policy is an effort to speed up and guarantee the integrity of internal investigations, by ensuring that officers who compromise such probes face severe punishment. “We want our policy to be clear,” the Commissioner said. “If an officer lies, it will cost him or her his job.”