NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to keep First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro on the job


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Pineiro, a 44-year veteran and the city’s top-ranking Latino cop, will even see his role expanded, despite having lobbied hard for Bratton’s job before Mayor de Blasio filled the post

The city’s highest-ranking Latino cop gets to keep his day job.
First Deputy Police Commissioner Rafael Pineiro, who pushed hard last year to become the city’s top cop, will remain in his position under new NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Bratton, the man Mayor de Blasio picked for the position, announced Wednesday, at a meeting with the NYPD Hispanic Society, that the status quo remains the same for Pineiro, police sources said.

Pineiro was at the meeting on Wednesday, but was apparently not aware Bratton would be making the announcement, sources said.

Bratton’s assurances got the thumbs-up from the Hispanic officers’ group.
Pineiro is “an exceptional leader who will be a great partner assisting Commissioner Bratton on the day-to-day administrative and operations of the department,” said Dennis Gonzalez, who heads the NYPD Hispanic Society, which was formed 56 years ago.

Pineiro himself told the Daily News in November that he was the right man for the job.

“I have the leadership skills and the communication skills to be commissioner, to reduce crime and to protect our city from terrorism,” Pineiro said. “I’ve spent 44 years in this department and I have all the credentials.”

But after Bratton got the nod, speculation began swirling about whether he would keep Pineiro. New police commissioners tend to pick their own people for high-ranking posts, and there were some insiders who thought Pineiro’s campaign for the corner office could come back to haunt him.

Born in Spain and raised in Cuba before his family came to the U.S. when he was 12, Pineiro graduated in 1970 from the Police Academy at the top of his class. He’s also got a law degree to go with the shield.

Among other things, Pineiro ran the Patrol Bureau Bronx and as the NYPD’s longest-serving Chief of Personnel he was cited for the NYPD’s technology capabilities.

Pineiro is expected to play a greater role in the NYPD than he had under former Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who sources said a reputation for micro-managing.

“With Bratton’s intentions to expand the role of first deputy police commissioner we are certain that Rafael Pineiro is the man for the job,” said Robert Gonzalez of the National Latino Officers Association.

Pineiro’s responsibilities include overseeing disciplinary actions against NYPD officers.

–Courtesy of NY Daily News

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