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May 19, 2019

Ousted head of NYPD’s sex crimes unit retires after he’s reassigned to Staten Island

November 27, 2018
NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, former commander of the Sex Crimes Division, attends a City Council hearing on the NYPD’s handling of sex crimes investigations in April. (Jefferson Siegel / New York Daily News)

The former head of the NYPD’s sex crimes unit has submitted retirement papers, a week after he was transferred out of the elite Special Victims Division, which he helmed since the early 2000s, police sources said.

Dep. Chief Michael Osgood, 58, put in for retirement Friday after he was appointed executive officer of Patrol Borough Staten Island, sources said.

The transfer meant Osgood went from overseeing sex and hate crime investigations in the entire city to being second-in-command of police the city’s least populous borough.

Osgood, who lives on Staten Island, has accrued nearly 3½ years of time off in his almost 35 years on the job, meaning he’ll technically be on paid leave until that time is used.

He did not return a message seeking comment Monday night.

NYPD brass denied that Osgood’s new assignment was not meant as punishment or a demotion.

“It’s part of a natural evolution,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said of the transfer last week.

Osgood has often publicly criticized the staffing of the unit that investigates sex crimes and, until recently, hate crimes.

In a March report, the city Department of Investigation blasted the NYPD for understaffing the unit, and criticized the NYPD’s policy of not forwarding acquaintance and date rape cases to Special Victims.

Over the last six months, the number of cops assigned to unit increased from 82 to 118. Responsibility hate crimes was recently moved from Special Victims to the Detective Bureau.

In April, the Daily News reported that Osgood made multiple donations to President Trump’s 2016 campaign — even after audio surfaced of Trump boasting about grabbing women “by the p—y.”

Shea said he picked Deputy Chief Judith Harrison, a 21-year NYPD veteran, to replace him because the department wanted a “fresh perspective.”

City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, who chairs the council’s Committee on Women, said she believed Osgood was transferred as payback for speaking out about SVD’s deficiencies and needs.

“What Chief Osgood did was courageous, and he paid the price,” Rosenthal said. “New York City lost a great [investigator].”

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