This crap started when they grabbed guys right out of the academy for Impact, tracer, etc . They never learned patrol. After they did their time, many would eventually go to patrol BUT THEY ALREADY WERE SET IN THEIR WAYS, BAD HABITS AND TACTICS. But as we see in this instance, some stay in the detail track and never do patrol. It is the backbone of the job and the very core of being a police officer.
It is vital to have done significant time on patrol, until at least the officer understands the job;
Arrest processing, tactics, critical thinking and investigative skills, the radio, observation skills, driving skills, etc
Then on to bigger and better things if you so desire- But this is a crucial building block to launch off of and grow.
What about people like her who wake up one day and decide to become a boss???? How the hell can she supervise cops doing a job she never did and is untrained for??????
I believe they are changing all this and putting the rooks into patrol / training units again, as it should be. But years of sending them out to be summons wh0res will have a negative impact on the job for years to come. This is a classic example.-Mez
A veteran NYPD officer says she was mocked by colleagues as the “oldest rookie ever” because she handed out traffic tickets over her nearly 21-year career instead of racking up arrests.
Doreen Debattista, 49, is now suing the city and her former bosses, saying she was forced to retire when she involuntarily transferred from the Citywide Traffic Task Force to the 9th Precinct in Manhattan — despite having no patrol training.
Debattista, who had doled out traffic tickets to taxi cabs since 1996 after joining the force a year earlier, claims fellow cops at the East Village station joked that she was the “oldest rookie ever in the NYPD,” according to her Manhattan federal court lawsuit filed Wednesday.
“She was basically made to fail,” said her attorney Rocco Avallone. “She wasn’t given any type of training. The training she received was more than 20 years ago. She didn’t even know some of the call numbers.”
The work transfer came as retaliation to a formal complaint Debattista filed against her bosses — who said she wasn’t making enough arrests, the suit alleges.
Debattista was told by her supervisor that her work performance was going to be monitored because of her low activity.
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