AP: NYPD officers charged in ticket-fix probe

By COLLEEN LONG and TOM HAYS | October 27, 2011 | 4:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two people familiar with a lengthy investigation into fixing traffic tickets at the New York Police Department say at least a dozen officers have been charged in the case.

The people say the officers were expected to be arraigned Friday in the Bronx. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the charges hadn't been made public.

The investigation of Bronx officers focused largely on police union delegates. Some are accused of arranging to have tickets torn up as favors to family, friends and others.

The charges stem from an internal probe in 2009 of an officer suspected of associating with a drug dealer. Officials say several officers were unexpectedly caught on wiretaps discussing how to fix tickets.

Union officials say the longtime practice was considered a harmless courtesy. Prosecutors declined to comment.