NYPD Commanding Officer Who Tweeted ‘Release Alerts’ Is Back on Twitter

By Ben Fractenberg on April 16, 2014 8:17pm 

 Some NYPD precinct commanders are tweeting again, including Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff for the 106th Precinct in Queens. 
Some NYPD precinct commanders are tweeting again, including Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff for the 106th Precinct in Queens. 
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MANHATTAN — Some NYPD precinct commanders are back on Twitter more than a year after a commanding officer’s controversial tweets about local felons released from prison caused a department-wide crackdown on social media use.

Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff — who previously got in trouble for tweeting “Release Alerts” and “Recidivist Alerts” while commanding the 76th Precinct in Carroll Gardens — was back on Twitter Tuesday with a new account for his current position at the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park, as the New York Daily News reported.

“I'M BACK! After a year's hiatus yours truly will b tweeting once again! Follow me & my brethren 2 get the local flavor of your neighborhood!” Schiff tweeted Wednesday.

The officer’s previous account went dark in January 2013 after DNAinfo/New York first reported his tweets about people who had been arrested multiple times.

"We want to examine the whole issue. Obviously, social media, we want to use it productively. We want to use it legally. A lot of this is just new ground. It needs to be examined, and that's what we're going to do," former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said after the controversy.

The other precincts taking part in the pilot program are the 25th, 83rd, 112th, and PSA 6, according to a tweet by Schiff.

Many of the posts so far have been about local meetings and events.

“Stopped by a graffiti cleanup this afternoon on 64 Ave. #112Precinct Youth Officers and Explorers working together!” Capt. Thomas Conforti of the 112th Precinct tweeted Wednesday.

Shiff, though, did send off one personal message.

“vindication is soooo sweet!” he tweeted Wednesday.

The NYPD's press office did not respond to a request for more information on the new program.

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