Monday, July 29, 2002


Many of you may know that Sgt. Joe Klobus of the 77 Squad, who is also a Chief Boatswains Mate in the Coast Guard Reserve, was called to serve Active Duty in the Coast Guard since last November.

Joe is presently in the North Arabian Gulf near Iraq, where he claims it gets over 110 degrees everyday.

Joe has been serving aboard US Navy ships, and has been moving from Navy ship to Navy ship for a few months now.

His mission is known as �Non-Compliant Boarding�s�, which involves boarding ships coming from Iraq and searching for Taliban people.

Joe has been able to send a message from each and every one of us in the NYPD during his tenure in the Mideast. He has been placing NYPD RMP stickers on every buoy in the area! Next to each sticker he has been writing �For Our Fallen Hero�s�!

His handiwork is not going unnoticed, either! Apparently going further up river than they should have been one night, he was called on the carpet by the Admiral. To prove the Admiral knew he went too far north the Admiral produced some photos of the NYPD stickers taken from a helicopter!

Joe is planning on being home for a short time in the beginning of August, and is uncertain exactly when his active duty status will remain in effect.

What Joe failed to mention in some of his e-mails was his rescue of some military personnel from a helicopter crash while attempting to land on his ship. Joe jumped into the water and effected the rescue!

We�re all very proud of you, Joe, and look forward � as I�m sure you do as well � of your return!


Mark your calendars for the festivities.

September 18, at Giando�s of Brooklyn (Kent Ave/Broadway) will be the setting for the Retirement Dinner honoring Lt-CDS Joe Heffernan, Det1 Richard Bergin and Det1 Kevin Coursey.

Combined for over 100 years of experience, these former Brooklyn North Homicide members leave a void in the detective Bureau that will not easily be filled.


Some corrections to the NYPD Memorial in a recent posting was received from Ret. Det1 John Reilly, NYPD historian.

John notes that on July 14, 1936 it was Patrolman (not Detective) Lawrence Gallagher shield 4733, 47th Pct who while off duty attempted to rescue a woman from a auto after a high tension wire had fallen on her car during a thunder-storm. Both the woman and Ptl.
Gallagher were electrocuted.

He also notes that on July 20, 1857 Ptl. Eugene Anderson, 14 Pct, Metro PD was shot by a burglar. Anderson had only 18 days of police service when he was killed.

On July 9, 1938 Ptl Arthur Howarth, 85th Pct and July 11, 1938 Ptl. Angelo Favata, 85th Pct, died from an auto accident on patrol. Ptl. Favata was operator and Ptl. Howarth was recorder in RMP responding to
a stabbing scene, when they collided with another 85th Pct RMP also
responding to the same stabbing scene. Both Favata and Howarth died as
a result of injuries which included fractured skulls. It is noted that at the time the RMP�s were equipped with only one way radios, no seat belts or air bags.


The Annual Transit Police Florida Reunion has been announced.

The Transit Police Florida Reunion will be held the weekend of September 6th - 8th, 2002.

This year's reunion will be held at the TradeWinds Sarata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd. St. Pete Beach,Fl 33706.

The Tradewinds, a larger hotel than used in the past, has more rooms and a larger banquet facility and hopefully will accommodate all of the members who would like to attend.

For more information on the event you can contact Louis Hollander Jr. at:


Lividity: The process by which the blood settles into dependent capillaries and eventually �fixes� in certain areas of the body.

Postmortem Lividity: Also known as livor mortis. Caused by the pooling and settling of blood within the blood vessels from the effect of gravity. It appears as a purple discoloration of the skin. During life, the pumping action of the heart maintains a constant flow of blood through the numerous vessels of the body. Upon death, this pumping action ceases, and the blood pools within the dependent portions of the body (lowest points).

Tuesday, July 23, 2002


"FinCEN," the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, is a network of databases and financial records maintained by the U.S. federal government.

Housed within the Treasury Department, FinCEN handles more than 140 million computerized financial records compiled from 21,000 depository institutions and 200,000 nonbank financial institutions. Banks, casinos, brokerage firms and money transmitters all must file reports with FinCEN on cash transactions over $10,000. And FinCen is the repository for "Suspicious Activity Reports" which must be filed by financial institutions under the Bank Secrecy Act.

FinCEN also uses a variety of law enforcement databases, including those operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Defense Department, in addition to commercial databases of public records. FinCEN may also use databases held by the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

FinCEN shares information with investigators from dozens of agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Secret Service; the Internal Revenue Service; the Customs Service; and the the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Agents from all these agencies can investigate names, addresses, and Social Security numbers through FinCEN. Field agents and state and local law enforcement can access data from FinCEN remotely.

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has come a long way since its inception in April 1990, when financial crime investigators often sorted paper records by hand. Part of the Treasury Department, the nimble network celebrated its 10th anniversary in May. It now supports more than 150 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and handles more than 140 million computerized financial records compiled from 21,000 depository institutions and 200,000 nonbank financial institutions. Banks, casinos, brokerage firms and money transmitters all must file reports with FinCEN on cash transactions over $10,000. Besides its burgeoning databases, the agency now has regulatory responsibilities for the 1970 Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the first anti-money laundering law. FinCEN�s current budget is $29.7 million and the network has requested $34.7 million for 2001. And it continues to expand its digital sleuthing capabilities.

In an age when money can circumnavigate the globe in seconds, keeping up with the technology of money laundering is the toughest task faced by FinCEN�s 168 employees, according to agency director James Sloan. He is a veteran federal law enforcement officer who spent 21 years with the Secret Service managing protective operations and anti-terrorism responsibilities. Wire transfers, automated teller machines, money orders, loans, car dealerships and post offices all can be stops on the money trail. And the villains are increasingly sophisticated. �The bad guys are certainly technologically literate and using all of the technology available on the market today to hide the placement of illegal funds,� says Sloan, who took FinCEN�s helm last April.


Linda Fairstein, America's foremost prosecutor of crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, ran the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan for more than two decades. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

For three decades, from 1972 until 2002, she served in the office of the New York County District Attorney�s Office, where she was Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit. She has directed or been the lead attorney in all major litigation in these specialties, ranging from the homicide prosecution of Robert Chambers (�the Preppy Murder case�) through the trial against the offenders charged with the riot in Central Park following the Puerto Rican Day parade In June, 2000.

Her first novel, Final Jeopardy, which introduced the character Alexandra Cooper, was published in 1996 to critical and commercial acclaim, followed in 1997 by Likely to Die, which also achieved international bestseller status. Her nonfiction book, Sexual Violence, was a New York Times notable book in 1994.

�COLD HIT�, published in 2000, deals with a body found with her hands and feet tied to a ladder, pulled from the turbulent waters at Manhattan's northern tip. The lead character once again is Alexandra Cooper. She runs the sex crimes prosecution unit of the Manhattan DA�s Office � much like the author � and collaborates with her colleagues, NYPD Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, racing against the clock and hoping for a "cold hit" -- a DNA match that would reveal the identity of the murderer by linking the crime to someone already in the police database.

Her latest novel, �THE DEADHOUSE�, involves one of the most haunting buildings in New York City. The Deadhouse sits on a small island in the middle of the East River. The abandoned structure, like the ghostly remains of a castle, plays in the imagination as a site of mystery and intrigue...a likely place for murder.
Top Manhattan Sex Crimes ADA Linda Fairstein brings her unique blend of authenticity and style to a mesmerizing tale of murder and deceit.

Looking for something to read this summer? For a realistic crime novel why not try one of Linda Fairstein�s books.


Following the retirement of Det1 Richard Bergin and eventual clean-up of his desk area, a copy of the NYPD Salaries for 1963 was found.

A Patrolman, of which there were 19,643 at the time, at top pay (after 3 years) earned $7,631 per year.

There were 1,470 Detective Third Grade�s, earning $7,943 to $8,052 per year.

Detective 2nd Grades, 742 of them, earned $8405 to 8770 per year.

First Grade Detectives, of which there were 269, earned the same as Lieutenants, which was $9426 to 9791 per year.

At that time there were 90 SDS Sergeants, earning $9426 to 9791 (same as Lieutenants), and a Lieutenant-Squad Commander earned 10,180 to 10,545. There were 70 CDS Lieutenants.

The 264 Captains earned 11,340 to 12,075.

It�s noted that, equivalent to the rank of Inspector, there was 1 Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau, earning 13,570 to 13,864. The Chief of Detectives earned 17,158, which was the same as the 2 Assistant Chief Inspectors and 1 Supervising Assistant Chief Inspector. The highest uniformed rank, equivalent to the current Chief of Department, was the Chief Inspector, who earned 22,918.

"LEST WE FORGET..." The NYPD Memorial

July 9, 1938 Ptl Arthur Howarth, 85 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
July 10, 1968 Ptl Nicolo Danisi, PA, Shot:Off duty mistaken ID
July 11, 1938 Ptl Angelo Favata, 85 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
July 12, 1924 Det Timothy Connell, DetDiv, Shot:Robbery
July 13, 1868 Ptl Henry Corlett, 32 Pct, Drowned during rescue
July 14, 1922 Ptl Frank Mundo, TrafficDiv, Auto accident in pursuit
July 14, 1936 Det Lawrence Gallagher, 47 Pct, Shot
July 14, 1941 Ptl Norman Dixon, 120 Pct, Auto accident on patrol
July 14, 1980 Det Abraham Walton, SCU, Shot:Robbery,off duty
July 15, 1977 PO Edward Mitchell, 34 Pct, Shot:Robbery
July 16, 1987 PO George Scheu, 115 Pct, Shot:Robbery,off duty
July 17, 1938 Ptl Harry Padian, 32 Pct, Shot by prisoner
July 18, 1992 PO Paul Heidelberger, PSA4, Shot:Off duty
July 20, 1857 Ptl Eugene Anderson, 14 Pct, Shot:Burglary in progress
July 20, 1964 Ptl John Polarolo, Harbor, Auto accident on patrol
July 21, 1950 Ptl Alfred Loreto, 24 Pct, Shot:Off duty pursuit


Friday, July 19, 2002


A previously written piece on this site had to do with the distinction between an Interview and an Interrogation.

John E. Reid & Associates, noted for their training of investigators throughout the world on the proper techniques, covers this subject as well this month as its �Monthly Investigators Tip�.

In the Reid Technique a clear distinction is made between interviewing and interrogation. The interview is non-accusatory, question and answer process that is designed to elicit information. An interrogation is accusatory in nature and is designed to elicit the truth from someone whom the investigator believes has lied. Furthermore, the two procedures are generally separated in time. At the completion of the interview the investigator steps out of the room and returns in five or ten minutes to start the interrogation. The pretense for stepping out of the room may be to review notes, talk to another investigator or to make a quick phone call.

There are several benefits for creating a brief separation of time between the interview and interrogation. This pause allows the investigator time to formulate an interrogation strategy, e.g., what confrontation statement to make, what themes and alternative question to use. By separating the interview from the interrogation it is easier for the investigator to go from the non-accusatory and fact-finding tone of the interview to the accusatory and persuasive tone of the interrogation. Finally, the investigator can use his absence from the interview room as a pretense to strengthen the confrontation of the suspect at the outset of the interrogation. A possible ploy might be something like, "Jim, I just got off the phone with the crime lab and they were able to match hair follicles from the bedroom. In this folder are the results of our entire investigation and there is no doubt that you are the person who took this girl from her bedroom."

Interrogating a suspect prior to completing an interview should be reserved for suspects who clearly exhibit symptoms, not only of deception, but also of wanting to confess. Once the interrogation is initiated the investigator should not return to the question and answer format of the interview. In other words, the decision to initiate an interrogation at some point during an interview is a permanent one. Once the investigator engages in an interrogation, even if for only a few minutes, and then attempts to return to the interviewing format, the subject is unlikely to offer any meaningful information during the remainder of the interview and the success of a subsequent interrogation is severely diminished.

Furthermore, there are clear risks involved in a premature interrogation. By cutting the interview short, the investigator loses potential insight into the suspect's crime that may be provided during a full interview. The abbreviated interview also may inhibit the investigator's ability to establish the level of rapport needed to persuade someone to tell the truth. Finally, the investigator loses the procedural advantages of separating the interview from the interrogation. These are each significant factors contributing to the success of an interrogation and the investigator should carefully weigh them before deciding to terminate the interview and engage in an immediate interrogation of a suspect.

You can read the full transcript of this tip on their web site. If you haven�t already done so, you should bookmark this site and make it a regular reference to your internet surfing.


July 12, 2002 saw the exit of over 70 years of experience.

Det First Grade Richard Bergin, and Det First Grade Kevin Coursey, exited the Brooklyn North Homicide Squad for the last time as Members of the Service.

Richie and Kevin, each serving for thirty-five plus years, will be sorely missed by all in Brooklyn North. They have worked hard, well deserving of their retirement.

Richie, aka �Grumpy Old Man�, and Kevin, aka �Mr Met� (not because he�s a fan, but a look-alike) have proudly served this department and this city, deserving of their Detective First Grade designations. Experience like this cannot be easily replaced.

Everyone in Brooklyn North wishes Richie and Kevin well!

Kevin can be found most any day on the sands of the Irish Riviera in Rockapulco, escorted by another Brooklyn North retiree, Kevin Murphy. Richie is looking forward to having some free time with his large family, enjoying the benefits of retired life.

Kevin and Richie: Thanks For Everything! Enjoy your well deserved retirement!


It was noted in a recent edition of the ABA Law Journal that the poor state of the curre4nt economy is reflected in the increasing number of applicants to law schools.

As the economy turns downward, law school applications rise.

This year is seeing the highest number of applicants to law school since 1978, also noted as a particularly poor economic time. This is seen as a means of �credential gathering� until the economy turns.

Many recent college graduates, faced with a poor job market, see law school as an escape where they can go to sit out the bad times while gaining an excellent credential: lawyer. For the school year 2002-03 there are over 87,000 applicants to law school! This 18% jump in applicants will be met by an increase in class size for most of the law schools.

Won�t we all be better off in another 3 years!


Make sure you have this phone number in your rolodex/palm pilot.

This is the number for the Federal ATF Regional Gun Center. This is part of OCID's Joint Firearms Task Force Project Lead.

This Center can help in identifying if a gun is part of a multiple-sale/multiple-theft.

They can be contacted at: (718) 650-4070
(718) 650-4040

The process for tracking guns should also be noted. Whenever a firearm is recovered, by any means, in this city it gets forwarded to Ballistics aka Firearms Analysis Section. When Ballistics gets the gun they automatically forward information to the ATF-Regional Firearms Gun Center, for continued follow-up.

In the meantime, if you call the Gun Center direct at the time of arrest/recovery, they can check the database to see if the gun is part of a multiple sale/theft. More detailed information, though, will take some more time.

The following numbers should also be noted regarding Guns:

Joint Firearms Task Force (OCID): 718-254-7845


This site is recommended by others as the best free search on the internet.

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Government Search Engine:, the federal government's mega Internet portal, has unveiled a nifty search engine that indexes federal and state websites.

Need to locate hard to find government information or agencies? Try here first. This search can be accessed directly at:

�YOU GOTTA LOVE IT�� More True Stories from the Criminal World

In Erie, Pennsylvania Mary Hopkins was a creative cashier at a local Wal-Mart who got the idea to copy customers' credit card numbers at the check-out, then use the numbers to buy merchandise for herself from the same Wal-Mart. She might have gotten away with the scheme for a little while, but the scam came to a quick halt because she signed the charges in her own name. Why? Mary wanted to take advantage of her employee discount.

In Huntsville, Alabama it was reported that Larry Sloan wasn't prepared for a pawn shop owner to start a fight when he tried to rob the store. The owner put up such a good fight, that Larry left the shop, staggering and bothering to retrieve his car from the shop's parking lot. Police were sure it was Larry's car because the culprit left behind a daily planner that included the notation, "Rob pawn shop," for the day.

After robbing a 7-11 in Fort Collins, Colorado two times in the same day, our felon informed the clerk that he would be back for the third pick-up later in the afternoon. Sure enough, he kept his word, and ran right into the arms of detectives still on the scene investigating the robberies.
Ralph Simpson of Albuquerque, New Mexico came up with a unique way to rob a store. Instead of threatening the clerk, Ralph informed him that he would hold his breath until he passed out, then sue the store for his injuries, unless they handed over the cash drawer. Not knowing quite how to respond, the clerk simply laughed, and Ralph proceeded to hold his breath long enough to realize that his plan had no hope of working. He headed for the door, and ran into an off-duty police officer.

Note: These stories were taken from Police Dispatch Magazine On-Line

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Monday, July 15, 2002

Promotion From Detective to Sergeant

Did you know that prior to the late 1960s, a detective who had passed the Sergeant's exam and was certified for promotion could not decline the promotion even if he was going to receive less pay as a Sgt. than what he had been making as a Detective!

If a 2nd Grade or 1st Grade Detective was promoted to Sgt he went back
to the first step of a Sgt's pay.

It is reported that one 1st Grader was promoted to Sgt and took a cut of $75 per bi-weekly pay check. While tradition had it that a 1st Grader who made Sgt. was returned to the Bureau after 6 months in the bag, this did not always happen. If he was �blackballed� for any reason the only recourse was to study hard for the next ranks or retire.

The right to decline a promotion was finally given when a Detective 2nd Grade who was the father of a very large family appealed to the P.C. because of the hardship the reduction in pay would bring to his family. This 2nd Grader was allowed to decline the promotion. A short time later it was decided that if a 2nd or 1st Grader had gone through the steps in their pay grade they did not have to start at the first step of a Sgt. Of course a 1st Grader still lost money if he did not get back in the Bureau and receive supervisors money.

Thanks again to police historian, Det1(Ret) John Reilly, for this contribution.


Philadelphia PD Rookie, WILLIAM BROPHY, age 75, was just weeks short of graduating from the Academy when he was fired because he failed to complete the 1 1/2 mile run in the required time.

Brophy had been a Phila. PD Sergeant in 1963 when he left to join the FBI. He's held a lot of other jobs since then, but he came out of retirement because the Phila. PD had recently scrapped its maximum age restriction.

He intends to sue for reinstatement.


Some Interesting sites recommended by investigators

BLACK BOOK ONLINE : This is the on-line site for the private investigator handbook, "Black Book".
This site contains multiple on-line investigative links.


Friend of Mine
Used in introductions to denote a person who is not a made guy, but who is being vouched for by a made guy.

Friend of Ours
Used to introduce one made guy to another.

Good People
Indicates people amenable to mob dealings; used predominantly in Chicago.

Ham and Cheese Sandwich
A payoff to a union delegate.

Little Joe
An execution method reserved for welshers and loan shark debtors. The victim is shot four times in the head, with the shots laid out in two straight rows.

Friday, July 05, 2002


I�ve just finished reading this book, HOLLOWPOINT, written by Rob Reuland. The story takes place in Brooklyn, specifically within the 75 Precinct at Cypress Hills Housing, and involves a Brooklyn ADA and some detectives from the 75 Squad and Brooklyn North.
I�d recommend this book for your summer reading bag.

Hollowpoint tells the tale of Andrew �Gio� Giobberti, an assistant district attorney who prosecutes the murder of a young girl from the mean streets of Brooklyn.

�The book is entirely fiction�it�s not about any person or thing that actually exists,� Rob Reuland says. �Only the places are real.�

Reuland is quoted in the Vanderbilt Lawyer as having written Hollowpoint to explore the nature of guilt�and to show the harsh reality of the DA�s office. �I wanted to get the feel of the place and portray that as accurately as possible. My colleagues applauded it. They said I got it right on.�

But he when told New York Magazine, �Brooklyn is the best place to be a homicide prosecutor. We�ve got more bodies per square inch than anyplace else,� his boss, District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, was not amused.

Hynes, who was running for re-election at the time, with the platform as the man who reduced Brooklyn�s murder rate, quickly demoted Reuland to the felony bureau. After five months, Reuland asked to be reinstated. Instead, Hynes�s deputy demanded Reuland�s resignation.

�Brooklyn is one of the most violent places in the U.S.,� Reuland said. �There�s a high number of homicides, despite the drop on the crime rate.� (In fact, Brooklyn doesn�t have the highest per capita murder rate among New York�s five boroughs; the Bronx does.)
He is currently working on a second book, BLUE FIVE.
The book has been released in paperback, and should provide some good reading this summer.


One of the names listed in the NYPD Memorial as having been killed in the line of duty is Ptl Thomas Sparks. According to the Department�s Memorial Web Site there is "No Info Available" on his death.

With some help from Det1(Ret.) John Reilly, the following information is provided concerning Ptl. Sparks.

When the Metropolitan P.D. took over the policing of NYC on July 1, 1857, their numbers were low, so the Commissioners on July 3rd, expecting trouble from gangs, appointed 300 citizens as Special Police Officers for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. Thomas Sparks was one of those appointed.

On July 4th during the "Dead Rabbit Riots� Sparks arrested a man for assault. While taken his prisoner to the White Street station house he was followed by a crowd. Just before getting to the station house he was hit over the head with a club. He was taken to his home at 100 East 16th Street, where on July 8, 1857, he died from his injuries. Sparks was 40 years of age.


There are 70 or more men who DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY who are not listed on the NYPD Memorial Wall.

The department is aware of these men, they have document proof and were going to put then on the Wall Sept. 26, 2001. Due to Sept 11, 2001, it was not done and no new date has yet been set.


The 1751 Club will hold their 6th Reunion on Oct. 24, 2002 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, East Elmhurst.

The 1751 Club was formed of members of the old Narcotics Bureau. The name 1751 Club was taken from the original requirement that to join one had to have made a narcotics felony arrest under Sec. 1751 of the old Penal Law.

Further information is available from Edward Mamet (212) 475-8215.


As noted in an earlier posting I was trying to compile a listing of the �best� in Brooklyn Pizzerias � where the finest go for a slice.

Some input from around the area includes this partial listing.

New Park Pizza, Cross Bay Blvd. Although actually in the 106 Pct it is frequented by borderline MOS, including those from the 75, and is probably one of the best brick oven pies.

Sal�s Pizza, Lorimer St. This 90 Pct spot has been around for years, and the proprietor, Mimo aka Sal, has been serving Brooklyn�s Finest for over 20 years. The pizza is good, the atmosphere is clean, and you�re sure to bump into friends while there.

Galleria Pizza, Metropolitan Ave. Also in the 90 Pct, this brick oven pizza restaurant also has a well stocked menu of hot Italian dishes. Sit down, relax, and enjoy a meal, and top it off with a double espresso.

Grimaldi�s Pizza, aka Patsy�s, under the Brooklyn Bridge. Brick oven pizza at its finest. Out of the way and pleasant atmosphere combines for a fine dining experience.

Enough for now� Have a favorite place you�d like to add? Let me know via e-mail.



You can always contact the Minister of Investigation at:

Tuesday, July 02, 2002


Founded in 1988 to provide support and assistance to the spouses and children of New York City police officers killed in the performance of their duty, the Survivors of the Shield (SOS) came together through the efforts of three police widows, Kathleen Murray, Mary Beth O�Neill, and Susan McCormack.

The purpose of the Survivors of the Shield is to provide a SELF-SUPPORT GROUP for the needs of survivors in need of social, economic, and emotional assistance.

This is a not for profit organization that must rely on the generosity of contributors to continue ifs efforts to bring police survivors together, to offer support sessions, college scholarships to children not eligible for assistance, and financial assistance to families receiving nominal pensions affected by inflation over the years.

The membership encourages an outreach program to provide hope and comfort to ALL police widows and families.

Some Accomplishmnts of the S.O.S. include:

* SOS has established volunteer response teams to respond immediately to the family of a deceased officer in New York City boroughs and suburban areas.
* SOS has worked for the initiation and passage of former Governor Cuomo�s COPS Agenda (Care Of Our Police and Survivors) including the following bills:
*Pension benefits to continue for spouse for lifetime, regardless of marital status
*NY State Memorial scholarship giving spouses and children full tuition at any college in NY
Award paid by the Crime Victims Board toward burial expenses
*Monuments constructed in Albany and Battery Park City honoring police officers killed in the line of duty

If you wish to render financial assistance to the SOS you can send your donation to the following address:
Survivors of the Shield (SOS)
PO Box 100177
Staten Island, New York 10310

For more information about the SOS you can contact them at:
Telephone: 1-718-815-2803
FAX: 1- 845 228-2930

Please help to provide the support needed for the spouses and children of police officers who have lost their lives in performance of duty.


The NYPD Running Club has announced the first annual 5K Memorial Run

Click on this site to obtain an online application to enter this race that will benefit the Survivors of the Shield (SOS)

NY COP ONLINE MAGAZINE will be covering the race and taking photos, so make sure you wear colorful running gear!


The following publications are intended for �Private Investigators�, but may be of interest to many of the �Professional Investigators� on this site.

How To Develop The Cases,
The Clientele And Conduct The Investigations
A Manual For Investigators- By Douglas Crewse, CFE

By Douglas Crewse, CFE
New manual on investigative report writing shows you how to
make your investigations look great on paper and gives you the
contracts and the forms.

It's not so little anymore but Blackbook three is a goldmine if
information sources for investigators!
To review, go to:

If you have a moment, vist NY COP on-line. An interesting site.


As noted in an earlier posting, the Russian Mob adheres to a strict �Code of Conduct�.
Known as: Vory v Zakone," or thieves in law, this is the �Code� by which Russian Organized Crime members are bound:
A thief is bound by the Code to:
1. Forsake his relatives--mother, father, brothers, sisters...
2. Not have a family of his own -- no wife, no children; this does not however, preclude him from having a lover.
3. Never, under any circumstances work, no mafter how much difficulty this brings-, live only on means gleaned from thievery.
4. Help other thieves -- both by moral and material support, utilizing the commune of thieves.
5. Keep secret information about the whereabouts of accomplices (i.e. dens, districts, hideouts, safe apartments, etc.).
6. In unavoidable situations (if a thief is under investigation) to take the blame for someone else's crime; this buys the other person time of freedom.
7. Demand a convocation of inquiry for the purpose of resolving disputes in the event of a conflict between oneself and other thieves, or between thieves.
8. If necessary, participate in such inquiries.
9. Carry out the punishment of the offending thief as decided by the convocation.
10. Not resist carrying out the decision of punishing the offending thief who is found guilty, with punishment determined by the convocation.
11. Have good command of the thieves'jargon ("Fehnay").
12. Not gamble without being abie to cover losses.
13. Teach the trade to young beginners.
14. Have, if possible, informants from the rank and file of thieves.
15. Not lose your reasoning ability when using alcohol.
16. Have nothing to do with the authorities (particularly with the ITU [Correctional Labor Authority]), not participate in public activities, nor join any community organizations.
17. Not take weapons from the hands of authorities; not serve in the military.
18. Make good on promises given to other thieves.


July 2, 1922 Det John Moriarty, Det Div, Shot:Robbery in progress
July 2, 1970 Ptl Paul Donadio, 75 Pct, Patrolwagon accident on patrol
July 3, 1857 Ptl Thomas Sparks, No info available
July 3, 1917 Ptl John Flood, 31 Pct, Assaulted
July 3, 1966 Ptl Willie Stephenson, HAPD, Drowned during rescue
July 4, 1940 Det Joseph Lynch, Bomb Squad, Explosion during investigation
July 4, 1940 Det Ferdinand Socha, Bomb Squad, Explosion during investigation
July 4, 1993 PO Rudolph Thomas, PSA3, Shot:Off duty
July 5, 1946 Sgt Isaac Price, 28 Pct, Heart attack during robbery arrest
July 6, 1979 PO Ignatius Gentile, 77 Pct, Fell under train
July 7, 1872 Ptl John Donohue, 5 Pct, Ambushed, assaulted