Can you help identify this NYPD official? Update: Identified!

UPDATE: This individual has been identified as Lt. Dan Albano, a top lawyer in the NYPD Legal Affairs Bureau.

I first encountered this NYPD official on October 8, near the perimeter of Washington Square Park. He was conferencing with a number of other plain-clothes officials, presumably in preparation for that day’s Occupy Wall Street march, which had left from Liberty Plaza and was headed towards the park. When I asked this man if he was with the NYPD, he replied — derisively, of course — “I’m the plumber.”

According to NYPD patrol guide procedure 203-09 (PDF), effective June 27, 2003, all “members of the service” are required to “Courteously and clearly state [their] rank, name, shield number and command, or otherwise provide them, to anyone who requests [they] do so. [They also must] allow the person ample time to note this information.”

The following day, on October 9, I saw this man again at Liberty Plaza. When I attempted to take his photo, he tried to cover his face with a newspaper:

Luckily, I was able to snap another photo of him:

Then, this past Saturday afternoon, I saw the man again. He was walking ahead of a #OWS march north from Washington Square Park to Times Square. I attempted to take a photo of him with my smartphone. When the man observed this, he approached me, pressed me into a wall with his stomach, and threatened me with violence if I continued to document his activities. Here are two eye-witnesses describing what they saw, immediately following the incident:

NYPD plumber 2

I then spoke with a member of the National Lawyer’s Guild, who approached the man and requested his name. He again refused to provide it, in violation of NYPD patrol guide procedure 203-09. Here is video:

NYPD plumber 3

This individual has been repeatedly observed in police-only areas, and speaking regularly with uniformed police officers. He was also observed holding a badge. If you know this individual’s name, or know how to retrieve his name, please email me: mtracey8 at gmail



  1. Have u sent a copy of tis photo to NYPD requesting his info in compliance with the 203-09 procedure. It appears in the second photo that his badge is tucked into his shirt pocket which I would think is also a procedure violation of some sort.

  2. Why are all of these types fat white guys? Why are most of the abusive police fat white guys? Why are most if not all the corrupt/criminal politicians and bankers and financiers… fat white guys?

    All with bad attitudes, utter contempt for the public, and a strange form of cowardice when they are not in their insulted cliques. Psychologist time.

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