Organized Crime Control Bureau
ActiveNovember 19, 1971 - March 2016[1][2]
CountryUnited States
AgencyNew York Police Department
AbbreviationOCCB
Structure
Officers1,600
Divisions
  • Narcotics Division
  • Auto Crime Division
  • Gang Division
  • Firearms Division
  • Investigative Support Division
  • Organized Crime Investigations Division

The Organized Crime Control Bureau (OCCB) was one of the ten bureaus that formed the New York Police Department. The Bureau was charged with the investigation and prevention of organized crime within New York City. The OCCB was disbanded in March 2016 with all investigative entities moved to the Chief of Detectives' office.[2] The reason for this, was the NYPD launching a major reshuffle of its investigative forces, consolidating several of them in an effort to tackle the city's biggest crime problem—violence by gangs and youth crews.

The Organized Crime Control Bureau was headed by Bureau Chief Thomas P. Purtell when it was disbanded.[3]

History

Formed after the Knapp Commission investigations into police corruption, all investigations within the bureau were conducted by specially structured teams, in an effort to reduce the chance of corruption.[1]

Following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, officers from the OCCB were trained in the use of Ruger Mini-14s to provide support to the Emergency Service Unit forming the Critical Incident Response Capacity (CIRC) in case of a similar situation arising in New York City.[4]

Organization

Overview

The Organized Crime Control Bureau had numerous units and sub-units that investigate matters such as organized auto larceny rings, unlawful firearms, and prostitution. It was involved in using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to search and destroy organized criminal activities and seize property and vehicles. The OCCB utilized undercover police officers to infiltrate various criminal organizations and had been effective against the Italian Mafia, "the Westies" of the Irish Mob, Chinese Triads, and Russian Bratvas organized criminal elements. The OCCB's Joint Organized Crime Task Force worked in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's New York Field Division (the largest FBI office in the US).

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Organized Crime Control Bureau". NYPD. Archived from the original on 14 August 2003.
  2. ^ a b Moore, Tina (9 February 2016). "NYPD shakes up Mafia investigation unit". New York Post. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Administration". NYPD. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  4. ^ O'Shaughnessy, Patrice (2009-02-15). "NYPD learns lessons from Mumbai terrorist attack that killed 174". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2021-01-01.
  5. ^ "Narcotics Division". NYPD. Archived from the original on 14 August 2003.
  6. ^ "Vice Enforcement Division". NYPD. Archived from the original on 13 August 2003.
  7. ^ "Auto Crime Division". NYPD. Archived from the original on 14 August 2003.
  8. ^ "Organized Crime Investigation Division". NYPD. Archived from the original on 13 August 2003.