New NYPD policy sets regulations on cop romance, police sources said

The new NYPD motto is courtesy, professionalism—but no romance.

Weeks after a lap-dancing scandal rocked the department, the department quietly issued orders banning sultry relationships between bosses and subordinates, The Post has learned.

The change, made to the NYPD’s Patrol Guide for officers, places the kibosh specifically on the appointment between supervisors and employees who regularly patrol them.

The new rules stipulate that matters between supervisors and subordinates result in the transfer of “one of the parties involved” and that the police should inform the agency of any such involvement.

“Members of the service are strongly encouraged to make a transfer request notification to avoid disruption in the workplace,” the new rules read.

A senior source said the change took effect on April 4 and insisted it was unrelated to any specific incident.

“No connection to anything other than standard practice in most professional settings and overdue here,” the source said.

Still, the change comes months after The Post broke a story about a video showing a male boss getting a lap dance from a subordinate in a bar.

The Bronx rookie and lieutenant were at a rowdy holiday party at a bar in Yonkers in December when the torrid incident was filmed.

The incident enraged department supervisors, who sent the boss to transit, according to sources. It was not clear if the officer was disciplined.

In another case that seemed to be crossing a line, an NYPD sergeant got his inexperienced cop driver pregnant — while his own wife was pregnant.

Sergeant Marcy Velez, 44, of the Bronx’s 45th Precinct, had the affair with his junior officer beginning in 2019, when she was in her early 20s and fresh out of the police academy, sources familiar with the matter said. The romance was investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Footage of the raucous Christmas party in Yonkers was eventually leaked online.
The Post reported footage of the noisy Yonkers Christmas party.
The incident infuriated the department heads.
The incident between the newcomer and the veteran infuriated department heads, according to sources.

The order also prohibits relationships beyond official duties “with confidential informants, witnesses or victims on or off duty” and with any “juvenile/young adult assigned to the department’s various programs.”

A police source with more than two decades on the job said the new rules are long overdue.

“I think it’s great,” the source said. “It lets superiors be superiors instead of fraternizing with their subordinates. Now you can’t abuse your power because they do. They abuse their power and play with the weak. If the accusation comes out, your ass is grass and who wants to risk their career for that?” New NYPD policy sets regulations on cop romance, police sources said


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