In light of the rise in the murder rate this year, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will be shifting around 40 of the departments commanders, which will affect every borough and dozens of units. Police spokesman Paul Browne told the Post, "A number of commanding officers have remained in place over an extended period of time. Commissioner Kelly saw an opportunity to energize the transfer process by directing numerous transfers at one time. Another source said the shifts signal that some officers were getting "burned out."
Murders are up nearly 20% from this time last year, and Kelly is allegedly not pleased with the way many precincts have been handling the uptick. One supervisor told the Daily News he "likes to keep people on their toes." Moves include downtown Manhattan Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna to move to the Bronx, and Deputy Inspector Brian McMahon of 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway to be moved to Midtown, which will take effect on Wednesday. One source said, This move is reminding commanders to step up in the face of declining head count with innovative strategies, as they have in the past eight years." Some events that inspired the shakeup may include the Easter Sunday "wilding" rumble,the recent stabbing on the 2 train, and last night's Times Square bomb scare.