Bronx NYPD Officer Kevin Driscoll, a 17-year veteran, was recently transferred from a summons detail, where cops get to set their own hours, to a patrol shift. The union claims he was moved because he hadn't made an arrest in two years, but Driscoll believes it is because he refused to throw out a summons written against a friend of his boss', Inspector Dermot Shea of the 44th Precinct. Wait, we thought you couldn't "take care of" tickets anymore anyway?
Driscoll issued the summons about three months ago, and received a phone call from the detective bureau trying to get him to throw it out. But once source said Driscoll would "write his own mother a summons," and that he refused. "A short time later" he was transferred, and Shea allegedly never even approached him about it. Roy Richter of the Captains Endowment Association said it's, "not unusual for an officer in an enforcement assignment to have his tour changed when he's had no arrest for two years."
Recently, the NYPD has begun tracking every summons electronically in order to curb the practice of throwing out tickets issued to friends and family, and one officer previously told the Daily News, "if there's one missing, questions are going to get asked." Like, "why is that summons missing from the garbage? I told you to throw it out," apparently.