Monday, January 29, 2001


In November 1970 the department instituted a program called the Anti-Crime Patrol. With a large increase in violent crime against persons (18% increase in 1970), this experimental program was put into place under the command of the Precinct C.O. Plainclothes patrol had been in existence in specialized circumstances on a limited basis prior to 1970, however the scope of plainclothes anti-crime patrol expanded with this program. It was originally established under the Division command, with each precinct supplying 1 patrolman for plainclothes duty, and the Division Commander assigning them to a particular precinct to address conditions. In 1970 this concept was expanded to allow each precinct to assign two men to this plainclothes program for assignment within their own command. The emphasis was on felony level, violent street crimes.


The March 1962 issue of Spring 3100 notes in the ALL IN A DAYS WORK column the notable arrest for burglary by a team of detectives from the 114 Squad � including Det. John Tartaglia. John is the father of Pete (retired Lieutenant and former commander of the 77 Sqd and Major Case Sqd) and Bill, former Brooklyn North Detective Sgt and currently the Deputy Inspector of the Gang Division. Det. Tartaglia also had a part in the Kitty Genovese murder investigation, and is mentioned in the book that recounts that famous case as well.

�Go through everything with a fine toothbrush�
�Too many fires on the iron�
�At least we�re all making some shingles�
�Let�s shake some feathers, and ruffle the trees�





What exactly is SPRING 3100? In March of 1930, the first issue of SPRING 3100 was published. It was established as a monthly magazine for the benefit and entertainment of all members of the department and their families. In a contest to name the new magazine over 200 entries were submitted, and twelve of them were for SPRING 3100. The name was the telephone number used by the public to call police headquarters. The magazine was published for 41 years until May 1971 when it ceased publication for fiscal reasons. After several years it returned as the premier law enforcement department�s magazine.


Prior to the current 4x2 Detective�s Duty Chart, with the turn-around tour, detectives worked a very different chart. The 1967 Detectives chart looked like this;

Day 1: 08x1700
Day 2: Open Day � an 9 hour tour as assigned by the Borough Commander
Day 3-4: 1700x0800 (there was no steady nightwatch)
Next 2: RDO
Then��.. 08x1700 (starting the cycle over again)

In this chart the detectives worked 4 on duty and 2 off duty, for 6 sets; every 7th set you only had 1 RDO, with your 2nd RDO being an �Open Day� of 9 hours, then back into your cycle of tours.
In this chart, the detective worked a 9 hour day duty, then 9 hours of any other tour, followed by a 14 hour night tour, and then had a 72 hours swing before the next tour. There was no steady nightwatch; the �nightwatch� duties were performed by the regular members of the squad working the �overnight� tour. It should also be noted that at this time all arrests were fingerprinted by detectives; all collars in the stationhouse, including those on the midnight tour, were brought to the squad to be fingerprinted. This was to enable the detectives to spend time with the prisoners and speak to them, in what we commonly refer now to �debriefing� them, and providing them a ready source of �snitches� and other sources of information. The 2nd tour, an Open Day, was generally a day-time tour, leaving a longer swing between tours then the �turnaround� tour done today. A very interesting chart !

This chart was an improvement over the 1960 Detectives Duty Chart. In this chart the detectives worked 6-sets of 4 on duty, 1 off duty; then every 7th set of tours they had 2 days off! It worked like this:

Day 1 : Open Day of 8 hours based on exigencies
Day 2 : 0800 x 1700 hours
Day 3-4: 1700 x 0800 hours � An overnight tour to cover �nightwatch�
Day 5 : One RDO, then back into the cycle of tours

After every 7 sets of tours, where you had 2 days off, you followed up with a week of �Special Duty�, which was a 40 hour work week of any tours based on exigencies.

If you think it�s hard trying to follow your schedule in today�s 4x2 chart, imagine what it was like back then!

Thursday, January 25, 2001


Wishing Andy and Mary Banahan congratulations on the recent birth of their new son, Aidan. Everyone is doing fine! Cigars for the office!

Mark Pouria is recuperating from a bout of pneumonia that kept him from the Homicide Course. Getting well and should be back steering the ship soon! Also, Get Well wishes to Bobby Rivera fighting off a virus/flu at home.


Your only pair of dress shoes consists of the hi-gloss - shine or the regular-shine black uniform shoes.

You schedule your �quality� vacation time with your family so as to attend the annual Chief�s convention in Omaha, and convince them it�s really a great place for a family to spend a week.

You have more than one police-related organization card in your wallet.

You have more than one police-related sticker on your car.

Your car�s vanity license plate includes your rank, command, or both.

You have a different police lapel pin to wear on your suit jacket every day of the week.

You take a date out to dinner at an Honor Legion Meeting.

You take a date out to dinner at a police organizations symposium on DNA.

You have people over for dinner and, after hearing on the news of a hostage situation, you decide � even though you are NOT a hostage negotiator, and don�t even work or live in the same boro as the incident � to cut dinner short and take a ride over there just to see if you could �lend a hand�.

Your Christmas card consists of a photo of you in uniform with Santa Clause.

Your annual Christmas letter you send out to friends in Christmas cards includes a copy of your most recent Request for Department Recognition.

Your idea of showing the out-of-town relatives the �big city� is to take them around and point out the locations of your most notorious and noted �collars�.

You bring your kids out with you on a surveillance because it will add to your cover.

Your �off-duty� pants pockets are worn out from the handcuffs you carry.

Your license plate holder makes a reference to your �other� car being some type of department issued version (My other car is a police cruiser�. Is a SWAT truck�)

The only tie you own to wear to your sister�s wedding is a navy blue clip-on.

You buy a used Grand Marquis with police package to use as your personal car, and leave your brand new Lincoln parked in the driveway.

Wednesday, January 24, 2001


"None of us is as good as all of us"


�Look at this. Pay toilets back in NYC. Use a pay toilet for only 25 cents�.. That�s nothing. I heard we have a real entrepreneur right here in the squad, capitalizing on the pay toilet business already. Put a sign up in front of his house, charges a quarter to let people use his toilet. Told the wife and kids this was his chance to make some real money. Don�t mind those people, honey. Just let them in to use the toilet. Yea, put up a sign and everything�.. I heard he�s taking allowance money from his kids every time they use the toilet as well. Told them they have to learn the value of money. Yea, he�s a real entrepreneur�.

Tuesday, January 23, 2001


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If you think today�s Duty Charts are crazy, take a look back in history of this department.
In 1901, a Patrolman averaged 18 hour work days! His tours would go as follows:
8am to 1pm : Patrol
1pm to Midnight: On �Reserve� in the stationhouse
Midnight to 6am: Patrol
6am to 6pm: Free Time � after having worked 22 hours without a break
6pm to Midnight: Patrol
Midnight to 6am: Reserve in the stationhouse
6am to 8am : Patrol
8am to 1pm : Reserve in the stationhouse
1pm to 6pm: Patrol
6pm to Midnight: Reserve in the stationhouse
Midnight to 6am: Patrol
Then 14 hours �Off�, after having been assigned 36 hours without a break!
Of course, there was 1 hour for lunch between tours !


In 1901, a Patrolman received $800/year, with top pay of $1400/year after 5 years.
Member�s had to pay for their own uniforms, equipment, and bedding � the bedding that was needed for all the hours they were held in �Reserve� in the stationhouse!
In 1929, the starting salary was a whopping $1800/year, with top pay of $2500/year.


�If you don�t like the smell of Ben-Gay, try using the senseless kind�
�He�s like a bull in a china closet�
�Behind every cloud is a silver platter�
�What time was the pronunciation�

THE JEOPARDY QUESTION (The Answer was previously given)

What are some things you�d rather be doing than attending a boro gang meeting?

Thursday, January 18, 2001

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If you think today�s Duty Charts are crazy, take a look back in history of this department.
In 1901, a Patrolman averaged 18 hour work days! His tours would go as follows:
8am to 1pm : Patrol
1pm to Midnight: On �Reserve� in the stationhouse
Midnight to 6am: Patrol
6am to 6pm: Free Time � after having worked 22 hours without a break
6pm to Midnight: Patrol
Midnight to 6am: Reserve in the stationhouse
6am to 8am : Patrol
8am to 1pm : Reserve in the stationhouse
1pm to 6pm: Patrol
6pm to Midnight: Reserve in the stationhouse
Midnight to 6am: Patrol
Then 14 hours �Off�, after having been assigned 36 hours without a break!
Of course, there was 1 hour for lunch between tours !

(The Stream of consciousness ramblings of the Squad � otherwise known as
�Welcome to My World�)

�I know you�re not feeling good, Sarge. Maybe you�re having an anxiety attack�.. Anxiety attack? You think I�m scared? I ain�t scared. What do you mean scared, ASSHOLE�.. It�s got nothing to do with being scared. People get it every day, you know, a panic attack�.. Great, now I�m getting psychoanalyzed by an ASSHOLE who still lives in his fathers basement, and has his mother pack his lunch before he goes to work. ASSHOLE�.. Yea, I�m an asshole. You�re the one who thinks an anxiety attack is being scared, and thinks he�s having a heart attack. You know what? I hope you are having a heart attack�.. ASSHOLE!�
�Well, all I know is I have to retire the minute I have 20 in. This job is killing me. You know the medication I�m on? I need a certain amount of sleep every day. I got doctors notes and everything. That�s right, I get 20 in and I�m gone. I�m walking in, dropping off my stuff, and leaving. Give me my pension, that�s it. You know, you can�t just go in and retire. You�ve got to make an appointment like 2 months in advance. You know that, right?�. What do you mean, 2 months in advance? Why do I need an appointment to retire? I�ve never heard of such a crazy thing?�. That�s right, you need an appointment. You think everyone is just standing around waiting for you to go? You better make an appointment, otherwise you ain�t retiring�.. What do you mean? What can they do to me? I�m retiring, they can�t fire me, right?�. Yea, you just try it. You be the test case�.. It wouldn�t be the first time I was a test case�.. Go ahead, give it a try. You know, you�re the reason it takes so long to retire now. It�ll take them 8 hours to work up your retirement date alone, after just calculating what you owe from the moose head you shot�. It wasn�t a moose, it was a boar. Let the record reflect it was a large stuffed animal head, as the Trial Judge stated�.. Yea, alright, a boars head. Anyway, go ahead and be a test case�.. All I know is this job is killing me. You want to see the medication I have to take? I need rest, and this job is killing me.�
�All I want to know is, when he retires, are we going to have to give him a plaque with 4 shields? That�ll cost a fortune�.. Why four? He�s a detective?�. His cops shield, his detectives shield, then his cops shield after he got flopped for shooting the moose head, and then his new detective shield�.. It wasn�t a moose, it was a boars head�.. Yea, well anyway, we�ve got to give him 4 shields, right?�

Tuesday, January 16, 2001


Before 1902, the Sergeant of today was known as a Roundsman, and the Lieutenant of today was a Sergeant. After the Sergeant rank was a Captain. There was no Lieutenant of Police until 1902.


Up until January 1, 1902, patrolmen worked according to a 2 Platoon system. It wasn�t until 1902 that the 3 platoon system was started.


�The victim is in a seduced coma�
�We can�t talk to him now, he�s incubated�
�Stop beating a horse with a dead stick�
�He�s burning the oil at both ends�


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Monday, January 15, 2001


Bangtails : Racehorses
Butter and Egg Man : The money man; the man with the bankroll


La Aurora SA, the oldest cigarmaker in the Dominican Republic, has released a new type of cigar. It�s a Brazilian wrapped maduro, and received the highest score of 93 points in the January Cigar Insider. It�s a medium to full bodied cigar, and is available in several sizes: Toro, Belicoso, Robusto, and the larger sized No. 2 (a 7� x 47 ring). It retails for 5.65 � 7.25 a cigar.

SMALL MONTECRISTOS COMING SOON! Dominican Montecristos in a smaller size are expected in April or May. These limited edition cigars are a heartier blend than the traditional; they are wrapped in Nicaraguan tobacco. These 5� cigars, made by Altadis, are expected to be quite popular.


The son of a fruit store owner from Alsace (Johnny Cordes was from Alsace as well!), Valentine was appointed to the department in 1903. He took 10 years for his first promotion, and struggled to get through the ranks to Captain. He spent much of his time as a Lieutenant as the Relief Desk Officer, working out of the Greenpoint stationhouse. (Another Brooklyn North success story?) Valentine made his marks in the department as a �shoefly� Captain, and was noticed by Mayor LaGuardia. In 1934 he was appointed to the Police Commissioner�s post by Mayor LaGuardia, and remained the PC for 11 years, resigning in 1945 during the last year of LaGuardia�s administration. Valentine penned an autobiography, NIGHTSTICK, in 1947, which provides very good reading about the department in the early years of the 20th Century.


In 1919, the department had 33 cars in its fleet. By 1925 there were over 600 cars. At that time, each precinct had 2 or 3 cars that were used by supervisors on patrol. Each precinct would assign 2 Sergeant�s to radio patrol, and usually had 1 or 2 Sergeant�s on foot patrol. Most of the patrol force was on foot, and radios weren�t part of the motor fleet until 1932. Before radios, each Patrolman would call in to the Signal Desk every hour to receive assignments.


During the 1920�s, Patrolman spent 16 hours a week in the stationhouse on �Reserve�. This helped provide a ready source of assistance should the need arise. This �Reserve� time was during the Patrolman�s off-duty time. As cars were added to the fleet, this �Reserve� time was reduced to 8 hours a week by 1926. It was not until 1930 that the practice of holding Patrolman in the stationhouse on �Reserve� was totally eliminated.

Tuesday, January 09, 2001

Johnny Cordes � Famous Detective

Johnny Cordes (COR�-deez) is, according to the book NYPD by Lardner and Repetto, the only NYC Police Officer to be awarded 2 Medal's of Honor. (This may not be entirely accurate, as Patrick Townsend, formerly of the Transit PD and now NYPD, also was awarded 2 Medal's of Honor as a Transit Police Officer). Anyway, Cordes was awarded his first Medal of Honor in March 1923, when he walked into a cigar store on Lexington Ave and 69th St to pick up a pack of Optimo Blunts. His brother was outside in a car, and Cordes walked into a stickup. Cordes was unarmed, as he never carried his gun off-duty. After being shot, he was able to wrestle the gun away from one of the bad guys and chase the perps into a back room. He then staggered outside, calling out to his brother, when he was fired on and struck by a passing off-duty sergeant who mistook Cordes for one of the stickup men. Despite his multiple gunshot wounds he was able to successfully apprehend both the stickup yeggs. He continued his practice of leaving his gun in his locker long after this incident.

Jeopardy Puzzle (in which the answer is given; see future listing for the question)

The answer is : Memorize the Periodic Table of the Elements, or have hair removal by wax performed on your chest

Where�s the Best Coffee?

A cup of coffee in a detective squad is almost as essential as a typewriter. Where do you go for the best cup of coffee? Which Squad serves up the best cup of joe? To make your nominations, contact the web-host at:

Starbucks on 7th Avenue, 78 Pct area, as well as Ozzie�s Coffee also on 7th Avenue are fairly well known. Charcutterie on Flatbush Ave makes a very nice coffee from a private blend; especially good as an �Iced Coffee� in the summer

From the Book-Shelf

Whoever borrowed my book, The 100 Years of Murder, please return it to my office library.

KILLING SEASON by Miles Corwin: A summer inside an LAPD Homicide Division, the South-Central Division, which is the equivalent of Brooklyn North in LA. This book follows a homicide team through the summer of 1994. This 2-detective team will handle up to 20 murders a year; it�s interesting to note that Vernon Geberth � the homicide commander and teaching maven � says that 6-8 homicides a year for a 2 man team is appropriate. This book is available in paperback as well.

Friday, January 05, 2001

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Criminal Vernacular

Pudding (1880�s) : An easy rip-off spot.

First Homicide Squad

Not until the late 1890�s did two of the younger detectives brought in by Byrnes, Jim McCafferty and Arthur Carey, team up to become the first homicide unit. One of these went on to become Chief of Detectives, the other the longtime head of the homicide squad, which was officially established in 1907. (Richie Bergin and Tom Nerny came sometime later).

The Great Detective

Under Byrnes, who commanded the Detective Bureau for 12 years, detectives became men of great prestige. The press referred to detectives as �the immortals�, and detectives were ranked as the equivalent of Sergeant � just b elow Captains. They were paid $1600. a year, which was a third more than a Patrolman�s salary.

Freeport PD Contract

The Freeport, LI PD recently settled their contract. The 92 members of this department settled for 15.5% over 4 years. 2.5%, 3.5%, 4.5%, 5%.
Starting salary will be $54,265. this year, up to $61,629 in 2003.
A PO with 4 years experience in 2003 gets $82,979 a year.

Happy New Year!

For the first 3 days of the New Year, the 77 Squad has 2-Homicides, 2-NonFatal Shootings, and an MOS-Involved shooting. It�s getting to be �like it used to be�, although it may not be as busy as it was when Chris Cincotta occupied one of these chairs (but it�s certainly busier than the 66 Squad).

Honor Legion Awards

The January 9 Honor Legion Meeting at the Rex Manor will honor members of the 77 Squad for the Amy Watkins Murder investigation (although the collars were made in August 2000 � belated but certainly honored nonetheless). Should also see honors bestowed on Det Mike Zeller for his heroic actions on Christmas Eve in what could have been a very tragic incident; one that was certainly harrowing and traumatic for him and his family. Nice work Mike!