It’s a precinct with a past — a place of low crime but its share of troubled cops.
Downtown Brooklyn’s 84th station house, where ex-detective and accused prostitution ringleader Ludwig Paz spent most of his NYPD career, has been tarnished by scandal over the years.
It’s where Stephen Caracappa worked in the detective squad in the late 1980s while secretly carrying out Mafia hits as a paid assassin for the Lucchese crime family. He and his cohort, detective Louis Eppolito, were convicted of murder, corruption and racketeering and sentenced to life in 2009. He died in prison last year.
In 1987, Cedric Roberson, also a detective, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sodomy after he adopted a teenage boy, then allegedly assaulted him, said detective Tom Hickey, who worked there from 1977 to 1995.
In the 1990s Keith Manley and another Brooklyn cop, Anthony Trotman, from the nearby 77th precinct, ran a violent Brooklyn gang that beat up drug dealers, ripped off a jewelry store and plotted to kill a federal prosecutor.
Then there was the time, Hickey told The Post, when a detective was busted for taking drugs on the job. The cop agreed to have his blood tested — “and it came back with heroin, cocaine, uppers, downers,” he said. “The lab guy said, ‘I’ve never seen such a report.’”
And then there was the precinct’s “Porky’s” moment.
A female cop who worked with Paz said that she was once getting changed in the women’s locker room and “heard a noise.”
“And I got up and looked and saw there was this little hole and an eyeball looking at us,” — just like in the bawdy ’80s comedy.
She didn’t report the incident because her supervisor told her that if she did, “all the guys would get transferred out of there. And I didn’t want that.”
Back when Paz started at the 84th, it was known as a fun and freewheeling workplace where supervisors gave street cops, investigators and community affairs officers wide latitude to solve problems on their own.
“The bosses were good. It had to be fun,” said Hickey. “You had a lot of active cops who couldn’t be active because there wasn’t that much crime.” He called former commanding officer William Dwyer “a real good guy.”
But even Dwyer had an ignominious end to his career.
He showed up tipsy to a meeting in 1995 and was forced to retire.