Another high-ranking police chief has been transferred as part of a widening federal corruption probe that has rocked the NYPD, officials said Wednesday.
Deputy Chief Andrew Capul, the executive officer – or second in command of Patrol Borough Manhattan North was “reassigned to an administrative position pending further review,” according to a police statement.
He is the latest high-ranking police official to be either modified or reassigned as a result of the joint probe by the FBI and the US Justice Department.
Capul, 56, was questioned by the feds in connection with a plane trip he took to a Super Bowl, sources told The Post. It was not immediately clear who paid for the trip.
“I am confident Deputy Chief Capul is not a target of the FBI probe,” Roy Richter, president of the Captains Endowment Association.
“He has been fully cooperative with every aspect of their inquiry.
“Chief Capul is a dedicated and hard-working police commander.
This administrative action sullies his unblemished career record.
I look forward to the end of the federal investigation which prevents an appropriate defense of our police commanders’ hard-earned good reputation.”
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton last week dropped the hammer on four top commanders targeted in the scandal after The Post revealed that Deputy Inspector James Grant of the 19th Precinct was caught accepting cash and diamonds from a shady businessman.
Grant was placed on modified duty and transferred, along with Deputy Housing Chief Michael Harrington.
Brooklyn South Deputy Chief Eric Rodriguez and Deputy Chief David Colon were also transferred.
Grant was caught by the feds getting hundreds of dollars from Jeremy Reichberg, a prominent figure in Borough Park, around Christmas, sources have said.
Grant also allegedly accepted diamonds from the jeweler while driving him home from overseas trips to pick up the gems and was told they were for his wife.
Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, a real-estate investor, are at the center of the FBI’s probe into whether cops performed favors in exchange for lavish gifts, like trips and Super Bowl tickets.