FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

Top News

Kerik Accused of Special Treatment for Friend

March 14, 2002  | 

Detectives from the Manhattan South Homicide Task Force came to the doors of several network employees late at night. The detectives had come to question the people, fingerprint them, and tell them they would have to take lie detector tests. All this for a missing necklace and cell phone.

These items, the detectives said, were owned by Judith Regan, a publisher at HarperCollins whose client at the time was Bernard B. Kerik, then New York City's police commissioner, who is the author of an autobiography titled "The Lost Son." The phone and necklace disappeared during a photo session on the afternoon of Nov. 28, 2001, at the Fox News Channel studio in Manhattan. Hours later, detectives began visiting the homes of five Fox News employees, in two instances arriving after midnight.

Police officials have not disputed the account given by the people whose houses were visited, but have said that the amount of resources devoted to the case was not unreasonable. Exactly who gave the order sending them out remains unclear. Mr. Kerik has denied any role. But those who were interviewed say they believe that a close friend of the police commissioner was getting special treatment.

In a complaint filed last week with New York City's Conflicts of Interest Board and in legal papers filed in late December, they contend that the police went to great lengths in the case — assigning at least five of the city's leading homicide investigators — because of Ms. Regan's business relationship with Mr. Kerik. They argue that Mr. Kerik abused his authority for personal gain and violated their constitutional rights. They said in the legal papers that they planned to sue the city and Mr. Kerik.

The former police commissioner said he did not even know of the incident until well after the investigation had begun. He said that he had not ordered the police to give Ms. Regan special treatment.

Ms. Regan said that she was the one who had been wronged, which she felt should be the focus on the incident. She said, "A crime was committed, and no one cares."

In the episode involving Ms. Regan, several of the people questioned after the incident said they doubted that a crime had even been committed. They pointed out that the jewelry that Ms. Regan had reported missing from her purse was later found at the bottom of her handbag. A credit card she initially said had been stolen and used to run up charges was later found to have been left behind at a pharmacy in a separate incident, according to police officials. The missing phone was later found in a garbage can in the studio. No one has been arrested or charged in the case.

Mr. Kerik said that, while he had spoken to Ms. Regan sometime after she noticed her phone was missing, she had initially called one of his aides. The aide began the investigation without his knowledge, he said.

Last month, the Conflicts of Interest Board fined Mr. Kerik $2,500 for using a police sergeant and two detectives to do some of the research for his book. The new complaint was filed by Robert M. Simels, the lawyer representing the Fox News employees, who also filed a notice of claim against the city, the first step in bringing a lawsuit.

Be the first to comment on this story

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: Fallen Phoenix Officer Remembered as "Larger than Life"
A Phoenix police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty was remembered...
Video: Civilians Help Texas Officer Arrest Aggressive Suspect
An Arlington, TX, police officer is feeling grateful for his training and for some alert...
Video: Officer Wounded, Suspect Killed in Suburban Chicago Shootout
A police officer was wounded and a suspected shoplifter was killed in a shooting outside a...
Search for Kidnapped California Teen Intensifies After Suspect Killed in Shootout with Deputies
The man wanted on suspicion of kidnapping a 15-year-old Bay Area girl was killed Thursday...
Officials Say Officer Shortage May be Causing Spike in Las Vegas Crime
The local sheriff, police union officials and district attorney have various theories...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine