New York City Police Department Organized Crime Control Bureau

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Organized Crime Control Bureau
Agency overview
Superseding agencyNew York City Police Department Detective Bureau
Agency executive
  • Thomas P. Purtell, Bureau Chief

The NYPD Organized Crime Control Bureau (NYPD 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 Organized Crime Control Bureau was headed by Bureau Chief Thomas P. Purtell.


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.

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 in case of a similar situation arising in New York City.[1]

OCCB was disbanded in March 2016. Each of the 5 Patrol Boroughs have an investigations chief, who is reported to directly by the precinct detective squads. All investigative entities moved to the Chief of Detectives' office.[citation needed] "Basically, we're eliminating the Organized Crime Control Bureau."-Chief of the Department, James O'Neill.[citation needed]


  • Narcotics Division
    • Narcotics Boroughs Manhattan North and Manhattan South
    • Narcotics Boroughs Brooklyn North and Brooklyn South
    • Narcotics Borough Bronx
    • Narcotics Borough Queens
    • Narcotics Borough Staten Island
  • Vice Enforcement Division (Merged with Narcotics Division in 2011)
  • Auto Crime Division
  • Gang Division
    • Manhattan Gang Squad
    • Brooklyn North and Brooklyn South Gang Squads
    • Bronx Gang Squad
    • Queens Gang Squad
    • Staten Island Gang Squad
  • Firearms Suppression Division
  • Investigative Support Division
  • Organized Crime Investigation Division


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 Organized Crime Control Bureau utilized undercover police officers to infiltrate various criminal organizations. The Organized Crime Control Bureau had been effective against the Italian Mafia, "the westies" of the Irish mob, Chinese Mafia, East German Mafia, and Russian Mafia organized criminal elements. The Organized Crime Control Bureau'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).

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  1. ^ Patrice O'shaughnessy (2009-02-15). "So Mumbai won't happen here". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-06-02.

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