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New NYPD Training Bosses Say They're Reigning in Physical, Verbal Abuse

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The two men now responsible for turning around sometimes abusive New York City officers and making good ones even better have a long history with the NYPD and each other. NY1's Dean Meminger filed this report.

Benjamin Tucker and Michael Julian knew each other as police officers back in the 1970s. Now, they're working together under Police Commissioner William Bratton—Tucker as the NYPD's chief of department and Julian in Tucker's old job as deputy commissioner of training.

"He and Ben Tucker get along wonderfully," Bratton says.

Julian was chief of personnel 20 years ago during Bratton's first stint as commissioner. He was initially brought back as a consultant this summer after the death of Eric Garner, who died while police tried to arrest him. Not specifically talking about the Garner case, but possibly about the many cases caught on cell phone video, Julian says officers will be taught anger management.

"You see the extra kick and the punch and what that is about, is they have to get control over their emotions, over their adrenaline. Chase somebody two blocks, take the extra punch. We are going to teach them a lot of techniques to change their behavior in that way," Julian says.

Tucker was appointed first deputy commissioner after former NYPD Chief, Philip Banks turned down the job and resigned.

Now Tucker and Julian say they're moving forward to retrain more than 20,000 uniformed officers.

"When they have any encounter with a citizen, that when they have those encounters, those encounters begin in an respectful way and the goal is to have them end in an respectful way," Tucker says.

Over the years there have been problems with stop-and-frisk, but NYPD bosses say there's also a problem with so-called "stop-and-dis," meaning some officers are just very abusive when they speak with people.

"They will stop using curse words," Julian says. "Thirty percent of all CCRB complaints involve a curse word. You can guess which one it is, but 30 percent. And if we can just change that curse word, we will reduce CCRB complaints by 30 percent. And it can be done."

A three-day re-training of uniformed officers on physical and verbal tactics starts next week. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP