The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has fused its Public Integrity and Official Corruption units into a single Public Corruption Unit.
Within the expanded division, prosecutors working in the official corruption arm will handle cases against New York City police officers and other uniformed public employees.
The public integrity side will prosecute crimes committed by city employees, elected officials, candidates for public office “and others who hold the public trust,” according to a statement issued Friday.
Assistant District Attorney Luke Rettler, previously chief of the official corruption group, will head the new unit.
Apart from its law enforcement duties, the unit will press for legislative reforms proposed by the White-Collar Crime Task Force of the state’s District Attorneys Association.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. convened the task force when he was the association’s president. Last year, it released a report that called for improved state fraud and corruption laws (NYLJ, Sept. 25, 2013).
“This expanded unit will proactively investigate public corruption at all levels, including not only crimes committed by police officers and other uniformed officials, but also by elected officials and public servants,” Vance said in a statement. “We will also seek to root out election fraud and prosecute individuals who criminally violate state and local ethics laws.”