The city’s No. 1 naked crime fighter was fired Tuesday by the police commissioner, who said she had used her badge to make a quick buck in Playboy’s “NYPD Nude” pictorial.
Carol Shaya, who made $100,000 posing in and out of uniform last August, was dismissed by Commissioner William Bratton, who overruled a recommendation that she lose one month’s pay and spend a year on probation.
“The reputation of the New York Police Department is not for sale, and there’s no room in our organization for anyone who would attempt to do so,” Bratton said.
Playboy spokeswoman Diane Stefani said Bratton’s decision might reflect his personal feelings.
“We believe looking at pictures of beautiful women nude is a good thing and positive,” she said. “But many of us are frightened by the human body unclothed.”
Shaya, 25, was shown posing with handcuffs, gun and nightstick in some pictures and without them in others.
After a departmental trial in January, the four-year NYPD veteran was convicted of “engaging in conduct detrimental to the good order, efficiency and discipline of the department.”
Her attorney, Dominic Barbara, did not return a call for comment. He has said the photos were taken while Shaya was off duty, and Shaya has said she wanted to remain on the force.