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NYPD officers arrested in prostitution probe

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Seven members of the New York Police Department, including sergeants and detectives, have been arrested in connection with a yearslong gambling and prostitution investigation.

According to police, the probe was initiated by the Internal Affairs Bureau in 2015 following a tip from a fellow officer who suspected illegal activity.

Two police officers, three sergeants and two detectives were arrested, along with half a dozen civilians.

Charges include enterprise corruption, official misconduct and promoting prostitution.

The case is being prosecuted by the Queens District Attorney's Office.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill released a statement Wednesday, saying "there is no place in the NYPD for criminal or unethical behavior."

He said the "penalty will be swift and severe."

The defendants are to be arraigned Thursday in Queens Supreme Court.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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