2012-03-30 / Community

Sgt.: Precinct Downgraded Crimes

By Howard Schwach


Sergeant Robert Borrelli, center, is honored as the 100 Precinct’s cop of the month in December of 2007. Sergeant Robert Borrelli, center, is honored as the 100 Precinct’s cop of the month in December of 2007. A whistle blowing NYPD sergeant who once served at the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park and who earned several “Cop of the Month” awards while at the precinct says that he has been banished to the night shift at Central Booking in the basement of the South Bronx criminal courthouse because he told department investigators that precinct commanders cooked the books, turning felonies into misdemeanors in order to keep the number of index crimes down.

The sergeant, Robert Borrelli, spoke to The Wave from his Nassau County home on Monday.

“I was always an active cop,” he said, and now I’m being treated like I’m a sack of you know what. I was cooperating with [the NYPD’s] internal affairs and with quality insurance.”

Borrelli said that he expected the department to come after him for telling investigators that index crimes like rape, attempted murder and robbery were changed to sexual touching, assault and larcenies.

“I hurt my back rolling around with a perp on February 12 and went sick for a week,” he said. “When I came back they told me that I was transferred to the court detail in the Bronx. It came as no surprise.

“They’re downgrading shootings to reckless endangerment when they should be attempted murder,” Borrelli said, adding that it was done “to keep the crime index low, as well as [downgrading] plenty of other felonies.”

Borrelli says that the same thing is going on in every precinct throughout the city.

He took his claims to Internal Affairs, but investigators insist the claims are baloney, sources said.

One police source called Borrelli a “loose cannon” and a “malcontent” with a long disciplinary history.

Police sources told The Wave this week that an internal department audit has blown holes in Borrelli’s claim.

“His allegations were thoroughly investigated by our quality-assurance division, and they were found to be unfounded,”

Deputy Inspector Kim Royster, a spokesperson for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information (DCPI), said in a statement.

Officials said the department audited more than a year’s worth of reports from the 100 Precinct and found little wrong with them.

“We did an additional audit to review classifications of crimes from April 2010 to March 2011.

We looked at 925 complaint reports and found 17 were misclassified as a result of human error, typical administrative errors,” an NYPD official said.

“It was not egregious,” the official said of the errors.

Borrelli said that his transfer to the Bronx was “highway therapy,” a transfer far from his home as a punishment.

“The transfer is in retaliation,” Borrelli said. “They brought me up on bulls—t charges.”

The NYPD said the transfer was because the cop had a long disciplinary history.

Authorities said Borrelli’s new assignment, which began March 1, was the result of complaints against him and a history of clashing with others.

They pointed to an incident in which he berated his commanding officer, another in which he interfered with a burglary investigation, and a third in which he ticketed a firefighter who was handing out radios during Hurricane Irene.

Borrelli is also facing departmental charges for inappropriate language and prejudicial behavior.

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