The New York Post reports that Deputy Commissioner of Personnel Michael Julian got chewed out by Commissioner Bill Bratton after he dropped $60,000 to convert an unused printing room at NYPD headquarters into a Zumba studio. And how do you turn a normal studio (which could be a justifiable project) into a Zumba studio? Why, by “install[ing] workout mats and flat-screen TVs in basement room S66,” and purchasing a lot of Zumba equipment.
Police had hoped to use the room as a separate showering facility, but when Bratton saw how much the studio didn’t resemble a shower room, he allegedly scolded Julian (“That’s not what I wanted!”) and ordered the equipment removed. (So if you find the NYPD selling a lot of gently-used Zumba equipment and flat-screen TVs, that’s why.)
According to the Post, Julian was the kind of wacky eccentric who made these types of suggestions:
In January, he suggested arming cops with breath mints to combat cursing — and had 10,000 individually wrapped candies delivered to headquarters, police sources said at the time.
He said potty-mouthed cops can pop the mints when they feel the need to curse — but they were never used.
He also suggested that officers spray protesters who link arms with baby oil to slide them apart.
While it would be lovely to live in a world where the NYPD is run like a children’s book, we (sadly) live in the real world, and Officer Amelia Bedelia was purportedly demoted from his former position as deputy commissioner of training for his whimsical suggestions.
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