AEROSMITH Cop Lands On Desk Duty

December 18, 2002

The NYPD (New York Police Department) inspector under investigation for allegedly helping AEROSMITH rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry get gun licenses was placed on modified duty yesterday, the New York Post has reported.

Inspector Bernard Petrofsky, former head of the NYPD License Division, was assigned to desk duty — and his gun and badge were taken away - after the department filed 10 charges against him in connection with the case, which was first reported last month by The Post.

Petrofsky, a respected veteran who's now assigned to the Intelligence Division, is accused of awarding the rock stars licenses when they may not have deserved them, and inappropriately accepting backstage passes to an AEROSMITH concert last winter.

He is also suspected of making a "false statement" in connection with the internal probe.

Petrofsky has denied the allegations.

While most insiders believe the offenses, at most, were lapses in judgment, he may face harsh penalties if convicted, because of his rank and the fact that the License Division has been beset by past misconduct.

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