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US Authorities Probe New York Police for Violation of Criminal Laws

© REUTERS / Carlo AllegriA police officer stands guard in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York January 15, 2015
A police officer stands guard in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York January 15, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Police Commissioner William Bratton said that he had instructed NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters Lawrence Byrne to provide additional training to department employees on rules of conflict of interest.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are probing several former and current police officers for criminal offenses, Police Commissioner William Bratton said in a press release on Thursday.

"The potential violations under investigation include violations of NYPD rules and policies, the City conflicts of interest rules and the federal criminal laws," Bratton stated. "The investigation is examining the conduct of current and former NYPD Officers and several others."

Bratton made the statement while commenting on the progress of the probe that began in 2013.

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Bratton noted he had instructed NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters Lawrence Byrne to provide additional training to department employees on rules of conflict of interest.

In 2014, the FBI and the US Justice Department joined the investigation into the NYPD officers alleged criminal offenses.

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