New York’s top cop has come under fire for suggesting officers should wear “the best cop-type uniform” to protect themselves from “the next big thing” in the military.
In an op-ed published Sunday in the New York Times, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Internal Affairs Mark Rose said police wear their uniforms “to make us look cool, to show they’re tough, to feel like they’re part of something bigger.”
“We wear it to remind ourselves that we’re here to serve and protect,” Rose wrote.
“That we’re going to take a beating, and we’re not going to give up on ourselves.”
Rose is the first officer to weigh in on the debate over uniformity, as the NYPD has been a focal point of the military-inspired military wear worn by some of its ranks.
“If you’re not wearing something that says ‘I’m a cop,’ then you’re in a really bad spot,” Rose said in the op-eds.
“It’s a bit of a cop hat trick.”
But the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of internal affairs didn’t hold back, saying he’d like to see uniform officers wear “a little bit more of a uniform than they wear today.”
“We have to look cool,” Rose told reporters.
“We have been told to wear a uniform, and sometimes it doesn’t quite do it.
But I think we need to do something different.”
The uniform debate comes at a time when a number of high-profile officers have been exposed for wearing military-style gear, including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the head of the New Jersey State Police.
The NYPD has also come under scrutiny for a series of questionable deaths.
In October, a man died after he was pulled over by a plainclothes police officer and then dragged from his car for two hours by the officer’s body armor.
Last year, the NYPD announced that it would pay $1.4 million in compensation to a group of NYPD officers who had their pensions cut by nearly half.
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New York Police Department deputy commissioner Mark Rose, center, speaks during a press conference in New London, Connecticut, May 29, 2020.
New Jersey’s deputy police commissioner of public safety Mark Denno, left, and NYPD Deputy Chief of Police James Cardenas are seen in a photo in this file photo from February 22, 2020, at the headquarters of the NYPD in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
New Hampshire State Police Officer Thomas Mungall speaks during an interview in Concord, New Hampshire, May 23, 2020.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)A photo of New Jersey Deputy Police Chief of Public Safety James Cardellas wearing a police uniform, accompanied by New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, is seen in this photo provided by the New Brunswick Police Department, May 28, 2020(AP Photo / Matt Rourke).
New York Mayor Eric Trump, left and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, center in this Sept. 10, 2016 file photo.
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Chris Christie talks with members of the media during a town hall meeting at the White House in Washington.(AP Photos/Jacquelyn Martin)New Jersey Deputy Commissioner Mark Rose and New York State Police Deputy Chief James Cardllas arrive at a press briefing at the FBI in Quantico, Virginia, on March 28, 2019.(AP: Alex Brandon)The NYPD is currently undergoing a year-long investigation into the death of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who died after being pepper-sprayed and handcuffed by New Jersey Police Department officers in July 2016.
A grand jury is scheduled to determine whether Pantalee’s death was justified.
A grand jury has previously determined Pantalees death was not a criminal act.
Trump, a former New York police officer, was asked on “Fox News Sunday” about the controversy.
He said, “I think that when you get into the military, you know, they have to be able to look their best.
And they have a lot of pride, a lot more than I do, because they’re doing things for their country.
But they’re also doing things to protect the citizens of New York.
They’re doing it for their city.
I think you have to do what you can.”
He continued, “And if you want to wear something that’s very cop-y, well, you got to wear that.”
The NYPD announced Monday it had reached an agreement with the families of Pantaleos three officers.