Monday, May 28, 2001


Here is a book I can easily recommend to all. This book should be required reading for all the Gang Squads and Intell Unit people. GANGBUSTERS, written by Michael Stone, is a narrative about how the notorious Upper Manhattan-Bronx gang, Wild Cowboys, was taken down and successfully prosecuted. Did you know that there is a Homicide Investigation Unit within the Manhattan DA�s Office? It was this unit that worked together with the Precinct Squad and NYPD Homicide Squad detectives to put together this large scale investigation. The Homicide Investigation Unit is a DA�s squad � NOT the NYPD�s DA Squad, but a squad of DA�s investigators assigned solely to Homicide Investigations. It was through the collaboration of prosecutors and detectives that this gang, the Wild Cowboys, was totally dismantled. A drug gang whose size and penchant for violence and intimidation terrorized the South Bronx and Upper Manhattan for years. At last count, they were responsible for more than sixty murders!

The Unit�s investigative tactics have since become a model for gang enforcement in cities around the world. I would have to place this on the Highly Recommend category for reading by all detectives.

GANGBUSTERS, by Michael Stone. Doubleday Books, 2000.


This site has information for Private Investigators supplies, including equipment and some software for investigative tracking.


May 28, 1948 Ptl Charles Meyer #18587, Hwy3, Line of duty injury
May 28, 1966 Ptl John Bannon #1221, 110 Pct, Shot-Accidental off duty
May 28, 1970 Ptl Lawrence Stefane #2420, 9 Pct, Stabbed by EDP
May 28, 2000 PO David Regan #102, 6 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
May 29, 1963 Ptl George Crane #9031, 23 Pct, Shot, burglary in progress
May 29, 1978 PO James Washington #2169, HAPD, Struck by elevator-rescue
May 30, 1916 Ptl Henry Schwartz #5577, 15 Pct, Shot during investigation
May 31, 1938 Ptl Melvin Williams #10814, Mcy Unit, Motorcycle accident
June 2, 1973 PO Robert Laurenson #11061, 20 Pct, Shot-robbery
June 2, 1989 PO Jeff Herman #23793, 71 Pct, Shot during investigation
June 3, 1938 Ptl James Fisher #1937, 73 Pct, Shot:Accidental discharge

Saturday, May 26, 2001


The server this site is published on has had some upgrade work done recently, and may have caused receint inquiries to be unsuccesful. Thanks for returning!

Contact the Minister of Investigations as:

Friday, May 25, 2001


As addressed at the last COMSTAT meeting, reference is made to the inclusion of NYSID #�s on �Wanted Cards�. Keep this in mind. Whenever a NYSID # is included on a wanted card, that is the only field that will be searched by the computer doing the arrest match. If you find a NYSID # that has been sealed, even if you get an �unseasling� order, you should NOT put this # on the Wanted Card. When the subject gets arrested, a �new� NYSID # will be generated � and the wanted card hit will not be made! In these instances, you should submit the Wanted Card with the Name and DOB info only, leaving the NYSID # blank, and wait (and hope) for a phonetic match.


One of the ways to check for an inmate in custody, in either the NY City or NY State Corrections Systems, is via a touch-tone phone through the VINE Program.
VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) provides this information through easy touch-tone entry on the NYSID #. You may check NYC DC or NYS Corrections � separate entries are required for each. You need only have the subjects NYSID # handy.
How up to date is this information? It�s not known what kind of time lag may be involved in this information, and it certainly is not as accurate as a telephone call made to each of the In/Out numbers for these facilities, but it does provide a somewhat quick means of checking on a person. Suggest some �test� runs be conducted on new arrests, and see how long it takes for the subject to be noted in the VINE Program.
If anyone has any first-hand experience with this, please share it with the Minister of Investigations so we can get the word out to all.

Telephone Number for VINE: 1-888-VINE4NY / 1-888-846-3469


Another telephone/multi-link web site

Multiple Links and info on Investigations
Natl Assoc Investigative Specialists


For many people, this coming weekend is a �Holiday� weekend � Memorial Day. Plans being made probably include BBQ�s, sand and surf, etc. Here�s wishing everyone a very happy holiday! (Don�t forget that the regular Monday reports are still due on Monday, though!).Anyway, along those lines, here�s a couple of interesting sites I found compliments of Esquire Magazine:

How to Buy a Steak

How to Get Ketchup Out of a Bottle

How to Mix a Punch (with printable recipes):
Jubal Early Punch

Mississippi Punch

And How to Cure a Hangover

Congratulations, Greg!

As this page was goiung to press, the Minister of Investigations learned of the WELL DESERVED promotion to Detective 2nd Grade of GREG MILLWATER of Brooklyn North Homicide Squad. Greg has proven himself time and again as a valuable investigator, and this promotion is well deserved - Congratulations, Greg from all your friends in the 77 Squad!

Monday, May 21, 2001


TERRY Stop: Police may perform a pat down search for weapons where there is reasonable grounds to believe that a suspect is armed and dangerous.

MORRISSEY Hearing: The Morrissey decision established minimal due process requirements in parole revocation proceedings, including an informal hearing to assure the violation is based on verified facts.


Some more from the book of criminal slang, real and fiction.

Bizzies: The police
Clink: Term for prison. Derived from the English usage, from the name of Clink Street in London on which a prison was located, or from the sound of doors locking.
Clue up: To inform on others.
Drummer: A person who breaks into houses.
Dirt nap: Death. �Cross me and you�ll go down for the dirt nap�.
Friend of mine: What a �family� member says when introducing a party who�s not a �made� family member, to a party who is a �made� member, in order to vouch for him.
Friend of ours: What a �family� member says when introducing two parties who are both Family members (made) to each other.

SCOTLAND YARD (It has nothing to do with flowers and grass)

Scotland Yard is the name of the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police in London, England. It is most often used, though, to refer to the members of one branch of the Metropolitan Police � the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) � who act in a similar manner to our FBI. Where did the term �Scotland Yard� come from?

In 1829, when Sir Robert Peel was Home Secretary, the first Metropolitan Police Act was passed and the Metropolitan Police Force was established in London. The task of organizing and designing this new form of police � which would serve as the basis for the police forces established later in the United States � was undertaken at a headquarters office at 4 Whitehall Place, the back of which opened onto a courtyard which had once been the site of a residence owned by the Kings of Scotland � thus the term �Scotland Yard�. The headquarters building has been moved to a new location, nearby the original, and is referred to as "New Scotland Yard". So you see, the term Scotland Yard refers actually to the headquarters building, and not to the people performing the work. It has derived over the years to now one of the most recognizable detective terms in the world.

The Metropolitan Police Service in London performs both national and local functions. They are responsible for the protection of the royal family and government members, such as our Secret Service. They are also responsible for the investigation and protection against terrorism throughout Great Britain, as well as serving as the Major Crimes investigative arm throughout Britain. In regards to Major Crimes, they act on both levels, assisting local constabulary in some areas, and responsibility for the investigation of crimes in others.

Founded in 1829, the MPS today employs over 25,500 officers and 850 traffic wardens, as it also performs a uniform police function in a large part of London. It is separate from the City of London Police, which is responsible for policing the area known as The Square Mile in the City of London.


Reference is made to:

If you haven�t already done so, you should bookmark the John Reid & Associates site:
and check it regularly under the �Investigators Tips� section. This section provides a monthly �Tip for Investigators� from the organization that has become the expert on interviewing and interrogation-debriefing-for investigators. This months tip concerns �inconsistent statements�.

It is a common trial strategy for an attorney to attack inconsistencies within testimony offered by a victim, witness, or investigator. Not every inconsistency in a statement supports deception, and the question �when do inconsistencies in an account support deception� is covered in this months posting.

I highly recommend you read it, review it, and save it for future reference.


The United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network
This site provides links to international organizations and individual countries throughout the world, with a specific focus upon justice-related information.


In Albany on Tuesday, May 22, 2001, Governor Pataki will lead the Annual Police Officer�s Memorial Service at the Memorial Wall. Since it was dedicated in 1991 the Memorial Wall has grown to include the names of 1,003 officers � more than half from New York City � representing 123 police agencies in all.

Take a moment this week to remember our fallen brothers and sisters.

And remember the Survivors. Consider a donation to the Survivors of the Shield, in the name of a fallen comrade. The Survivors of the Shield may be contacted at:
Survivors of the Shield
PO Box 10017
Staten Island, NY 10310


May 20, 1920 Ptl John Fitzpatrick #589, Det Div, Shot during GLA arrest
May 21, 1968 Det Richard Rolanz #2047, 103 Pct, Line Of Duty heart attack
May 21, 1971 Ptl Joseph Piagentini # 8788, Ptl Waverly Jones #4381, 32 Pct
Shot: Assasinated
May 21, 1996 PO Vincent Guidice, 50 Pct, Cut by glass during arrest
May 23, 1919 Ptl Emil Carbonell #90, Mcy Dist, Auto accident
May 23, 1927 Ptl Walter Wahl #14266, 7 Pct, Fire rescue
May 23, 1939 Ptl Nicholas Moreno #15667, 87 Pct, Shot during investigation
May 25, 1970 Ptl Miguel Sirvent #30852, 71 Pct, Shot during robbery
May 26, 1924 Det Bernadino Grottano #267, DetDiv, Shot:Burglary in progress
May 26, 1947 Ptl Phillip Fitzpatrick #15348, Mtd Sqd, Shot during robbery
May 26, 1998 PO Anthony Mosomillo #20316, 67 Pct, Shot during warrant arrest

Tuesday, May 15, 2001

�YA GOTTA LOVE IT� : Truth is stranger than fiction!

You can�t make this stuff up! True stories:

Perp commits a robbery of a transit token booth, by sliding a note under the window to the clerk demanding the money or he will set the booth on fire. Clerk complies, and the perp flees; leaving behind the note, that was written on the back of an envelope. What was on the front of the envelope? The perps name and Rikers Island address; he had just been released from Rikers! He was arrested a short while later.

Perp comes into the subway at Canal Street, all dressed up in a suit and tie. He passes by a man that appears to be drunk, leaning against a subway wall � with a gold chain around his neck! Perp stops, does a double-take, and walks back to the drunk man. Looking around, he then reaches out and snatches the chain; before he could get too far, he is swiftly arrested by plainclothes transit cops � it was a decoy operation. Who was the perp? He was on a lunch break from Supreme Court, where he was ON TRIAL for Attempted Murder! �It was too good to pass up� he said. Needless to say, he didn�t make it back for the afternoon session.

In completing the arrest processing for an adult prisoner, Perp is asked by the A/O �What apartment do you live in�. Perp replies: �Number 3�. A/O asks, �3 What? You live in a 12 story housing project; it can�t be just 3�. Perp replies: �It used to be 3L, but the L fell off the door, so now it�s just 3�.

Perp robs a store at gunpoint. Seeing the video camera, he walks around the counter, yanking the video tape out of the machine before escaping. Holding the tape in his hand, he stops and smiles into the camera as he waves the gun at the clerk. The catch of it: The perp took the video tape from the VCR connected to the TV set, that was playing a Kung Fu movie that the clerk was watching to help pass the time. He left the video tape from the store�s camera inside the machine. How nice of him to stop and smile for the camera before he fled! He was arrested a short time later.

Male starts �rapping� with a female on subway. Gives her a piece of paper; �why don�t you give me call� he says. She brushes him off; he then snatches her chain from her neck as he exits the train. Yes, he DID give her on the paper his correct name, home phone number and a beeper number! Arrest effected.


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May 13, 1913 Ptl Charles Teare, #10009 12 Pct Shot during arrest
May 15, 1934 Ptl John Morrissey, #13398 Telegraph Bur, Assaulted
May 16, 1864 Ptl George Duryea, 19 Pct Robbery arrest
May 16, 1947 Ptl Frank Golden, #1428 108 Pct, Shot-accidental discharge
May 17, 1927 Det Morris Borkin #518, DetDiv Shot during burglary arrest
May 17, 1930 Ptl William Duncan #4326 18 Pct Shot: GLA arrest
May 18, 1922 Ptl Douglas Hay #1540, 49 Pct Assaulted
May 18, 1962 Det Luke Fallon #489, and Det John Finnegan #1613, 70 Squad
Shot during Robbery in Progress
May 19, 1931 Ptl William O�Connor #15732 Mtd Unit Shot
May 19, 1997 Ptl Anthony Sanchez #2107 13 Pct Shot during robbery
May 20, 1920 Ptl John Fitzpatrick #589 Det Div Shot during GLA arrest

Friday, May 11, 2001


I�ve just finished reading a good book by DAN MAHONEY, who touts himself as the �Almost Famous Author�, titled BLACK AND WHITE. This was a fiction story about the hunt for a serial killer, that was a very enjoyable read for someone who primarily only reads �True Crime�. Perhaps that�s because the author has a lot of first-hand knowledge, having spent 20 years in the NYPD in various assignments � including the Detective Bureau � which allows his stories to be filled with fact-based scenarios. I suggest you check out one of his books, all having to do with NYPD scenarios.
After retiring, he began working as the director of investigations for the Holmes Detective Bureau, an old and well-regarded New York PI agency. His intricate knowledge of investigations � from a police as well as a PI standpoint � allow him to tell a very readable story. His first book was Detective First Grade. He wrote another four books in the next seven years, a rate of one book every year and a half. All of them feature Detective Brian McKenna as his protagonist, and although not best-sellers, they have all received good reviews and have sold well enough to keep St. Martin's Press happy and still on board. Detective First Grade, Edge of the City, Hyde, and Once In, Never Out are all still in print. Black and White was recently published in hardcover in June, `99.
He�s also a good friend of DI Marino, and has told me that he�s planning on working in a �Marino � like �character� in his next book, which incidentally should take place in the fictional Brooklyn North turf. If you�re looking for something to read, I recommend one of Dan Mahoney�s books.


Did you know that for almost 50 years the NYPD had a �Police Camp�? Properly named the Police Recreation Center, this resort was located near Tannersville, in upstate New York. It opened in 1925, and operated until the early 1970�s. It was the �Concord� of the NYC cop � closed to active and retired MOS and their families, it was an affordable way for a cop and his family to spend a week in the Catskill mountains.
The 600 acre camp offered swimming, handball, sports activities, afternoon �happy hour� and 3 hot meals a day. It was so popular that you were limited to a 1-week stay, which started on Monday and ended on Sunday. (You could get 2 weeks at most).
This location was the site of many PBA and other line organization Conventions as well, even after its formal �closing� as a Police-only location.
Having spent many a summer vacation myself, I can only tell you that it was a great place for cops and their families at the time. Ask anyone who went there about the Flag Ceremony at 9am and 6pm, or the softball games between the staff (almost all of whom were relatives of cops) and the guests.
What happened to it? A combination of financial difficulties is the best way to summarize the closing of the Police Camp. Attendance dropped as cops looked to spend their vacation in other places (places they had not been able to afford up until that time).
Ask any of the �senior� MOS around today about the Police Camp � they�re sure to have many great stories of it. I�m sure Capt. Boyle can relate a few good tales of vacations at the Police Camp � just make sure you have the time to listen!
Would a Police-Family-Only resort go over today? While the good memories want me to say Yes, I have to � unfortunately � say it probably wouldn�t. Too bad, though. It was a great place for a vacation!


The New York City Police Museum has quite an impressive on-line web page that will allow you to take an on line tour of the museum. You can view some of the exhibits, like the �Notorious Criminals and their Weapons� which includes Willie Sutton�s lock pics found in his cell, and the machine gun used by Al Capone�s gang to assassinate Frankie Yale, which was the first time a machine gun was used to commit a homicide in NYC. While surfing the web, take a moment to check out the Museum.


I am still in the process of compiling an easy-to-find index of the various web pages found to be of value to the investigator. It should be ready to go soon.

I could use some help, though.

If you have a particular site that you use and find informative, and would like to share it, please send me an e-mail with the site. I�ll include it in the listing. Please let me know:

e-mail me at:

This site was noted before on this page, but is worth noting again. If you log on to the Landmark Investigations site, they have a "Free Stuff" pge that links to multiple search sites, including a good multi-Telephone search site. Worth bookmarking for future use!

Monday, May 07, 2001


The Police Department flag was adopted in 1919. The five bars of alternate white and green symbolize the 5 boroughs of New York City.

The stars represent the cities, towns, and villages that became New York City. These stars are arranged in a circular manner around each other, with the cities on the inside, followed by the towns, then the villages.

The colors chosen, blue and green, were to represent the blue uniform of the Police Department, and the sentimental, traditional color green that was noted for Police. This green was the same color of the light that shone outside every stationhouse as an identifier to the public.


An issue of SPRING 3100 from the early 1960�s cites a Training Bulletin by the Safe,Loft and Truck Squad concerning different types of thieves operating in the City. One such thief that was noted is referred to as the �Packy�.

A �Packy� is the Safe,Loft and Truck term for a �Package-Thief�. This is a person who hits cars, opening and breaking into vehicles, then taking and selling the pilfered goods � the packages � from these vehicles at ridiculously low prices.

S,L,&T notes the terms for several of the other noted thieves : second-story men (burglars breaking into lofts and apartments, etc), yeggs, fingersmiths (safe openers), as well as sharps, sharks, swagmen and filchers.


The following site is a link I found from an earlier posting,, that I find very interesting. The main site,, provides the days major headlines throughout the world. There are sub-categories of specific headline categories you may also select; I have bookmarked the �Murder News� site � recommend you check this out. I�ve tried to synch it to my Pilot via AvantGo (if you have one, you know what I mean), but have encountered some trouble. Worthwhile bookmark nonetheless:

Some Police Related Web Links

Subject: More Free Public Records

We just added more categories and more links to our free public
records search site.

This site has MANY links for investigators on one page. Also will play music for you while you search!

I think this may be the page to check out NASA satellites flying overhead (right!).
Be sure to use the arrows so you can see the whole world.

It�s really a link to a picture of all the lights of the earth, all at the same time. It�s a composite of many orbital passes, within a 24 hr period�. (although it STILL may be the site to isolate a Brooklyn North rooftop� which is REALLY a private matter).


May 6, 1934 Ptl Lawrence Ward, #11782, 23 Pct Shot during investigation
May 6, 1964 Ptl Stanley Schall, #20535, 70 Pct Line Of Duty Heart attack
May 7, 1931 Ptl John Ringhauser, #11067, 102 Pct Auto accident on patrol
May 9, 1939 Ptl William Holstein, #12048, Mcy 2, Motorcycle accident
May 10, 1922 Ptl Henry Pohndorf, #3342, 38 Pct, Shot during robbery arrest
May 10, 1979 PO Robert Soldo #19133, 108 Pct, Shot off duty
May 11, 1959 Ptl Harry Hafner, #19133, Hyw 3 (GCP Pct) Motorcycle accident
May 12, 1925 Ptl Charles Godfrey, #11688, 16 Pct, Shot during arrest
May 12, 1932 Sgt Theodore Werdann, #597, 87 Pct, Injured on patrol
May 12, 1944 Ptl Joseph Curtis, #762, Mounted Unit, Line of duty injury
May 12, 1951 Ptl Harold Randolph, #8586, 75 Pct, Shot off duty
May 13, 1913 Ptl Charles Teare, #10009, 12 Pct, Shot during arrest

Friday, May 04, 2001


In October 1961, the department re-aligned the Brooklyn Borough configurations. Prior to this, Brooklyn was divided into Brooklyn East and Brooklyn West.

As of October 1961, the Brooklyn East commands became the Brooklyn North Borough, and Brooklyn West commands became the Brooklyn South Borough.


I still haven�t been able to identify what the forms DD1 through DD4 were (see an earlier posting regarding numbering of forms), but I can assure I�m still working on it.

I have identified some other time-noted Detective forms of interest.

A UF5 (the Uniform Force 5 as opposed to the DD5) was an Arrest Disposition Card that all detectives were regularly familiar with. All arrests made by a detective, or arrests made by patrol (uniform force) that were fingerprinted by the detectives � as all arrests once were � required the completion of a UF5 card to be filed in the Squad office. This card was kept on file and noted the arrest disposition of the arrest (remember, there was no such thing as computerized arrest files).

Another common report to detectives was the DD52F, or the Known Gambler Card. Each Squad kept a file of the �Known Gamblers� in their area, and the information was recorded on the DD52F.


An earlier posting noted the passing of a bill by the NYC Council formally establishing Detective grades. Some clarification on this issue follows.

In April 1964 the NYC Council passed a bill that formally established the Detective Division in the Police Department. It also gave the Police Commissioner the statutory authority to designate Lieutenants as Commander of Detective Squad, and Sergeants as Supervisor of Detective Squads. In addition, it established the formal titles of Detective 2nd Grade and Detective 3rd Grade.

What this meant was that prior to this, these designations, while made by the P.C., were not based on any legal NYC statute. As of 1964 these titles were �officially� recognized; prior to that, the only �official� designation by statute was for Detective First Grade.


Once in a while the Minister receives one of those �Forwarded� E-Mail Messages that just screams out �share me with others�. I am sharing one such message, forwarded from Blue Angel, that I think you might enjoy.

We all know that water is important but I've never seen it written down
like this before:

In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so
weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses
of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math,and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. (Hint: Maybe we should be drinking water at Comstat?)

In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, And run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material placards reserved for Highly corrosive materials. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!


The following is a list of motions, hearings, rights, and errors that
are sometimes referred to simply by name in appellate practice, such as
a "Harvey waiver." This list is not intended to fully explain any
given term and its exceptions, but is meant to serve as a starting
point. Although not an exhaustive list, some of the more commonly used
terms are listed."

Ira Sterbakov's all-in-one Search site

Corporate Investigative Services


I�ve found � and I�m sure many others have as well � that the number of sites of value to an investigator is many. What I am in the process of compiling is an easy to search listing of these sites I�ve noted here, by category, so as an investigator you can go back an utilize them when needed. This should be available very soon (lacrosse season is winding down; I have more time on my hands!). If you would like a copy, just drop me an e-mail message and as soon as it�s together I�ll get a copy out to you (No Charge, Of Course!).

Let me know by e-mailing me at:


Tuesday, May 01, 2001


The year 1971 saw 2 major changes. In November 1971, the department established the OCCB � Organized Crime Control Bureau, to work under the command of the Deputy Commissioner of Organized Crime Control. This was intended to centralize efforts of narcotics and public morals enforcement. Prior to this, narcotics enforcement came under the Detective Bureau�s Narcotics Division, and public morals/gambling was under the Borough�s Plainclothes Squads.

Also in 1971, a Citywide Anti-Crime Section was established. The predecessor to the Street Crime Unit, it was composed of 200 Patrolmen working in civilian clothes to enforce street crime, taxi robberies, and conduct decoy operations.


In an earlier posting, I made reference to the US Marine Corp�s WARFIGHTING, the Book of Strategy of the US Marine Corps. While I am not saying that our role in policing is in any way the same as the role of the Marine Corps, I found that some of the items discussed in their Strategy work useful to any leader, which a Squad Commander is. Here are some more of the Marine Corps summary on Strategy and Leadership:

Officers are expected to be students of the art and science of war at all levels � tactical, operational, and strategic.

We must NOT stifle boldness or initiative, we must continue to encourage both traits in spite of mistakes. On the other hand, we should deal severely with errors of inaction or timidity. We will not accept lack of orders as justification for inaction. It is your DUTY to take initiative as the situation demands.

Until a commander has reached and stated a decision, each subordinate should consider it his duty to provide his honest, professional opinion � even though it may be in disagreement with his senior�s. However, once the decision has been reached, the junior must support it as if it were his own.

Senior�s must encourage candor among subordinates and must not hide behind their rank insignia. Ready compliance for the purpose of personal advancement � the behavior of �yes men� � will not be tolerated.

All commanders should consider the professional development of their subordinates a principal responsibility of command. This should be considered a direct reflection on themselves.


In an earlier posting, I referenced the JOHN REID site. If you haven�t yet checked this, I encourage you to IMMEDIATELY copy and paste this site and go to it, then bookmark it. It provides a Monthly Investigators Tip, dealing with Interviewing and Interrogating Procedures, etc. VERY worthwhile to review. If you get only one good tip out of these listings, it�s worth it. We all know the complexities of interviewing/debriefing. A lot like golf, it�s something you only get better at by doing; all the golf games you watch on TV or golf tips you read won�t help unless you put the club in your hand and take a swing! Take a look at this site, and consider it your �Golf Tip� of the month. Maybe you�ll use it, maybe you won�t, but it can�t hurt to at least increase your knowledge a little! One note, though. The academic/psychological approach is very helpful, but don�t forget the practical, hands-on, street wise approach that John Reid DOESN�T include. Maybe we can call this the Minister Approach To Interviewing :
Buy your subject a Big Mac and a Soda, feed him, then talk to him. You�d be surprised what you can get on a full stomach and a little sweet talk.

More Telephone Search links. This site has all the major reverse telephone search engines on one page, allowing for easy searches.

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PLEASE ! Get out your check book and mail off a donation to the SURVIVORS OF THE SHIELD.
Send a donation, in any amount, to help this organization in performing the work they do.
Do it in memory of a lost, but not forgotten, brother officer.

Survivors of the Shield
PO Box 10017
Staten Island, NY 10310


April 30, 1979 PO Robert Betsch #5688 76 Pct, LOD Heart Attack
May 1, 1964 Ptl Edmond Schrempf #8955 TPF, Assaulted
May 1, 1981 PO John Scarangella #22524 113 Pct, Shot-Auto Check
May 2, 1974 PO William O�Brien #855 10 Pct, Auto Accident
May 3, 1913 Ptl William Heaney #2761 12 Pct, Shot during arrest
May 3, 1921 Ptl John Conk #2666 97 Pct, Struck By Horse
May 3, 1931 Ptl Bernard Sherry #14873 15 Pct, Shot-Burglary investig.
May 3, 1964 Det Joseph Greene #1172 DetDiv, Auto Accident on patrol
May 4, 1863 Ptl Francis Mallon 4 Pct, Shot by EDP
May 4, 1914 Ptl Michael Kiley #5479 156 Pct, Shot during Arrest
May 4, 1931 Ptl John Hoey #14379 40 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
May 4, 1938 Ptl Thomas Hackett #2028 4 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
May 4, 1968 Ptl Gerard Apuzzi #14539 107 Pct, Asphyxiated
May 4, 1981 Lt Jan Brinkers PSA8, Shot-Off duty robbery arrest
May 5, 1934 Ptl Arthur Rasmussen #13779 3 Pct, Shot-Robbery Investigation
May 5, 1971 Det Ivan Lorenzo #1694 NarcoDiv, Shot-Off Duty
May 6, 1934 Ptl Lawrence Ward #11782 23 Pct, Shot during investigation
May 6, 1964 Ptl Stanley Schall #20535 70 Pct, LOD Heart Attack