New York Police Department Official Disputes Report That Zumba Room Cost $60,000

The New York City Police Department is expanding fitness space at its headquarters this summer.

The New York City Police Department is expanding fitness space at its headquarters this summer.

Stephen Davis, NYPD deputy commissioner of public information, gave details of the plan in an email to Newsweek on Thursday. His statement contradicted a New York Post report that alleged $60,000 was spent converting a printing room into a Zumba studio.

Davis told Newsweek the room is next to current fitness space, and the department plans to start construction on locker rooms in the area in July.  

In the meantime, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Personnel Michael Julian had requested to turn part of the printing room space into a cardio facility, which included Zumba, boxing and yoga, but a final layout for the room has yet to be determined, Davis wrote.

“There has been no capital expenditure dedicated to this area yet. Police Commissioner (Bill) Bratton was made aware of this plan and does not have any issues with it,” Davis wrote in the e-mail to Newsweek.

The Post, citing unnamed sources, reported Bratton ordered the Zumba studio removed after receiving a tour. 

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