The New York City undercover officer whose work led to the investigation into the wide-ranging ticket-fixing scandal was promoted in secret yesterday, reports the Wall Street Journal. The detective, who is assigned to the Internal Affairs Bureau, was promoted up a rank by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at a private ceremony.
In 2008, the bureau got a tip alleging that a police officer was taking part in “various illegal business activities with a reputed drug dealer,” Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said last week. Jose Ramos, the officer named by the tipster, owned two barber shops named “Who's First.” The undercover officer worked as a barber before joining the police department, and was able to get a job cutting hair at the salons. On Friday, 16 officers were indicted either on charges related to ticket fixing, trying to cover up an assault, or tipping off officers of the on-going investigation. In addition to the officers charged criminally Friday, Kelly said 300 or more officers might face departmental discipline after being tied to fixing tickets during the investigation.