Edited by Adam Graycar and Russell G. Smith
Chapter 24: The Role of Education in Changing Corrupt Practices
Rose Gill Hearn INTRODUCTION: KEY ISSUES The New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) is the City’s anti-corruption agency and one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country. We approach our mission by attacking corruption on many fronts – corruption prevention training, arrests, and recommendations for procedural changes when internal vulnerabilities in City agencies are exposed by our investigations. We often work closely with prosecutors and City agencies in these endeavours. The goal is to prevent or stop corruption in its tracks, effect positive change, and deliver a definitive and influential message of deterrence. The agency’s strategy incorporates an array of educational outreach and press announcements to ensure that DOI’s mission and purpose resonate within City government and externally to the public. This comprehensive approach DOI believes is good government. The lasting impact of DOI’s reach for taxpayers is to prevent recurrence of fraud. DOI’s mandate is supported by a host of statutes that strengthen our investigatory powers. Our jurisdiction includes all City agencies, employees, elected City officials, any vendor who does business with the City, and anyone who receives benefits from the City. The agency has three principal functions: conduct background investigations on people hired or promoted into any managerial positions in City government to ensure that people of integrity work in those positions; conduct checks on vendors awarded most contracts with City government, thus ensuring that only vendors of integrity are receiving the City’s many valuable taxpayerfunded contracts; and, of course, investigations. Investigators routinely investigate and make...
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