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September 05, 2007
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NYPD chief tells police to clean up

By Larry Celona
The New York Post

NEW YORK The NYPD's new patrol chief wants to make sure the Finest are also the Neatest.

Chief of Patrol Robert Gianelli has told NYPD brass to make sure they and their underlings look military sharp, with good grooming and crisp uniforms, sources told The Post.

"They've been told to shape up and start looking like cops," said one source, who asked not be identified.

"He wants cops to look professional in their total appearance, from shined shoes to pointed hats to everything in between."

That includes no long hair, no facial hair except moustaches, and no jewelry such as earrings, the source said. Gianelli also expects cops to wear uniforms that are cleaned and pressed and to make sure their shoes are shined, the source said.

Gianelli, a former radio car partner of Commissioner Ray Kelly, took over the chief of patrol post earlier this year, and handed down the directive after meetings with shoddily dressed police brass, one source said.

Those not in compliance with the directive will be subject to warnings over the next few weeks, but then could be subject to command disciplines, which carry penalties that include loss of vacation time, the source said.

Supervisors who allow unkempt officers to hit the street also will be subject to discipline, the source said.

One cop had no problem with the directive.

"It's good," he said. "It's about time cops took pride in how they look."

Copyright 2007 The New York Post

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