Ray Kelly's Gulag

Get on the NYPD commissioner's secret list, and you're going nowhere

The list goes beyond transfers and exhibits an amazing level of detail about the personal lives of officers in the NYPD. It even includes the names of police officers who are married to other police officers. Kelly keeps tabs on female officers who are pregnant. And it lists the names of officers referred for substance-abuse counseling or psychiatric help.

The list also notes where certain officers can or can't be transferred. For example, according to the spreadsheet, a sergeant was moved out of the Organized Crime Control Bureau on the orders of Internal Affairs chief Charles Campisi. (The Voice is withholding the name of the sergeant.) The notation reads: "Do not assign to Brooklyn or Queens." The reason for this is unclear.

Another entry indicates that Assistant Chief Joseph Cunneen ordered that Sergeant Steven McGuire be transferred to a command near his house. "Move closer to home AC Cunneen," the entry for McGuire reads.

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That entry sounds an awful lot like Cunneen was doing a favor for McGuire, and Kelly went along with it.

And the list notes, in several instances, officers who shouldn't be assigned in the same precinct with one another, presumably because they had some kind of personal clash.

Kelly, insiders say, doesn't like people coming directly to him to ask for favorable transfers for a protégé, nor does he like people using backdoor connections to win transfers.

Just two weeks ago, as the Daily News reported, Kelly ignored letters from State Senator Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. asking him to appoint Lieutenant Robert Gonzalez as head of training.

Instead, Kelly selected James O'Keefe, who held the job during the mid-1990s. He described O'Keefe as someone who met the highest possible standards. He never interviewed Gonzalez, the News reported.

For his part, Gonzalez was miffed that he didn't get the interview, telling the News, "It would have been nice to be granted an interview and taken seriously."

Similarly on a number of occasions, the list shows, Kelly has rejected transfer requests in ways that appear to reject favoritism. For example, when Detective Denise Marcano was up to transfer to the Real Time Crime Center, where cops monitor crime trends, Kelly himself turned her down. The spreadsheet notes: "Disapproved by PC. Has to go through channels."

That entry suggests that someone tried to bring Marcano in through the back door, and Kelly rejected it.

Other cases in which Kelly rejects transfers are less clear. Kelly "disapproved" the transfer of Officer Denise James from the 60th Precinct to Homeless Outreach.

He also rejected the transfer of Officer Timothy Hennessey from the transit bureau to the elite Regional Intelligence Support Center.

Another cop was about to go to the elite Major Case Squad, but that, too, was rejected by Kelly.

Sergeant Edward Babington's impending transfer from the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn to the Public Security Section was also stopped cold by Kelly, as was John Cronin's transfer to the Manhattan Traffic Task Force.

Another curious entry in the list is for Officer Reginald Jones. The entry states: "When receive paper from PC, transfer for cause to a busy lower Bronx precinct."

Evidently, Jones transgressed in some way, and he's being punished by being sent to a place where he'll have to work harder.

The use of penalty transfers and freezing cops in place rather than firing them shows another side of Kelly, insiders say. "He doesn't want to fire cops," a source says. "He would rather stick you somewhere to teach you a lesson, and then if you straighten up, you can come back. He actually wants to give you a second chance."

Indeed, from January 2011 through the end of August, Kelly fired just two of 147 officers found guilty of civilian-complaint-related disciplinary infractions. In 2010, he fired no officers from cases referred by the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

That hesitancy to fire officers can generate controversy. One cop who beat a fellow officer with a beer mug wasn't fired. Instead, he was sent into VIPER for a couple of years and then into reinstatement training to see if he was ready to return to enforcement duties.

A cop critical of the handling of this officer's case says: "The NYPD should have gotten rid of him sooner. Instead, his pension keeps getting bigger."

Another cop, accused of making complaint reports disappear and stalking his commander's wife, also wasn't fired. Instead, he was sent to VIPER and left there. When he retires, he'll cost the city more than he would have had he been fired.

A captain, meanwhile, accused of assaulting a female officer wasn't fired for that attack. He kept his job and his salary and is assigned to nonenforcement duties.

There's also a police officer who gets his full salary for signing in and then trudging off to work a second job as a doorman at a downtown building.

A fourth cop was caught moving steroids from Canada to the U.S. He was subsequently promoted to lieutenant.

Kelly also labels some officers "not suitable" for certain commands. The entry for a sergeant named Kevin Finegan reads: "Not suitable for assign to OCCB [the Organized Crime Control Bureau], returned to 43rd Precinct as per PC."

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