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By Jonathan Dienst
Nineteen NYPD officers face departmental charges after city investigators uncovered dozens of instances where crimes were misreported at a Bronx precinct, authorities say.
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During an audit of the precinct, which included a review of radio call response activity, as well as the inspection of 1,558 complaint reports, the Quality Assurance Division audit team noted 55 such instances. The majority of these reports were in the five general offense categories of low-level crimes including petit larceny; lost property; misdemeanor assault; criminal mischief and criminal trespass.
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The commanding officer of the 40th precinct has been transferred based on the findings of the audit, and the officers accused face possible dismissal from the department if they are found guilty.