HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED
I can�t imagine this ever being said in today�s day and age.
In the December 1965 edition of SPRING 3100, the feature story had to do with the change in the city�s administration. Mayor Robert Wagner Jr. had completed his third term as mayor, and was being succeeded by John V. Lindsay.
In the twelve years that Wagner served as Mayor it was noted that the salary of Patrolman rose from $4780 on January 1, 1954 to $8840 at the current 1965 rate. Advancements were made in many areas, including overtime pay and residency extensions to outer counties.
�Mayor Wagner abided by his promise to permit no political intrusion into the operation of the Police Department�, stated former Commissioner Michael Murphy. Commissioner Murphy further stated that he had �only two phone calls from the Mayor� during the entire time he was in charge of the department.
REMEMBERING OUR PAST: DET. ALBERT MAXWELL
Det. Albert Maxwell of the 23 Squad was recognized by the city�s two major newspapers, as their �Hero of the Month�, in October 1965.
Both the Daily News and the Journal-American recognized Maxwell for his off-duty capture of a bandit following an exchange of gunfire near a Queens liquor store. The bandit was wounded in the battle.
It was on Columbus Day 1965 that Det. Maxwell was taking his two chi8ldren for a drive when he saw a man running along a South Jamaica street. Stopping the car, he learned from the man that a nearby liquor store was being held up. As Maxwell approached the shop a man ran out with a gun in his hand. The detective ordered him to halt after identifying himself but the man spun around and fired two shots at the officer. They missed. Maxwell fired back hitting the gunman in the chest and in the ensuing struggle received cuts about his eye that required several stitches.
SUGGESTION AWARDS � 1965
Some of the MOS who received cash awards for suggestions during the year 1965 are noted below. Some of them make you wonder, don�t they?
Here�s one having to do with those DD forms. Ptl. James Reilly of the 7 Div received $25 for proposing that the DD 52F, the Known Gambler Card, be revised to allow space for a photograph to be placed.
Another Detective form was addressed with the $20 that Lt. James Dicks received for proposing that the form 64B, the recap of detective arrest activity, be resized so that it would fit into a typewriter (!). (How big was it before?)
Lt. Armando Garcia received $25 for proposing that city agencies should give advance notice to members when they need them at court or other proceedings. (As opposed to� surprise court appearances?)
A $20 award went to Ptl Thomas Landers for proposing that TA subway maps be placed in the station house sitting rooms.
Captain Rudolph Blaum received $10 for proposing that signs be printed for the station house reminding MOS that it is desirable to be courteous under all conditions.
THE 74 PRECINCT
The 74 Precinct moved into a new stationhouse on August 5 of 1965. That building it was is today known as �The Park House�, at Prospect Park, and utilized by BSTF.
The 74 Precinct covered the area of Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, half of the Park Circle, and also included the area of the Parade Grounds, Botanic Gardens and Guider Park. It was noted that while some four million persons visit Prospect Park annually, only two live there � the caretakers of the Lefferts Mansion, built in 1777 and moved to the park in 1918, when the precinct was then numbered the 77 Precinct.
INMATE RELEASE PHOTO INFORMATION
Did you know that the State Inmate Release photos are available in the Photo Unit?
The Photo Unit receives inmate release photos from State Corrections. The Photo Unit makes an original negative, which is obtainable and stored under the inmates NYSID #. In addition, one copy of the release photo is sent to the Detective Borough of inmate residence, and one copy is sent to the Detective Squad of the releasee�s residence.
THE NYPD IN TELEVISION
Thanks to the excellent site www.policeny.com for compiling a great history of the NYPD in television and the movies.
Here are some old favorites.
Ran from 1957-58. This show starred Beverly Garland as an undercover policewoman.Notable in that it was oneof the first NYPD shows and the main character was a female.
Remember that this was at a time when most Policewomen acted as matrons, or worked in the Juvenile Aid Bureau.
This show ran from 1959-60. It starred Edward Binns and James Broderick as father and son detectives whose assignments often crossed.
A good show but unfortunately short lived.
INTERESTING WEB SITE ON IDENTITY THEFT
Identity Theft Resource Now Available OnlineThe National Criminal Justice Research Service has recently announced an addition to their �In the Spotlight" series, this one on identity theft.
This online resource provides information on the topics of identity theft and includes links to publications, statistics, legislation, funding, and training resources. (NCJRS)
You can access the spotlight :
LAWS OF FASHION
The most recent edition of ESQUIRE magazine includes a rather large section concerning laws of fashion � things to keep in mind as a sharp dressing detective. Although it wasn�t put together by Conde Nast�s GQ, I�m sure there are certain key points that many can relate to.
Well, realistically, I�m sure some of our sharper dressing gumshoes can relate to, but maybe others � leaving some names out like Larry Eggers, wouldn�t know if they were hit on the head.
Sharp dressing detectives has always been a stickler to The Minister � A Detective should dress like a Detective! I could never understand detective�s dressing like they were back in anti-crime. Look the part, act the part, and earn the respect afforded the part. Or, as has been put by other fashion experts � �Dress for the job that you want, not the job that you have�. In any event, while unwritten as such in Esquire, the meaning is simple � Detective�s should dress sharp.
Some of the 50 Laws of Fashion that Esquire quoted I had to take particular note of � some for the affirmation of their intention, and some for their foolishness to the otherwise sharp dressing sleuth.
For example, one of their first laws is that it is �Better to be overdressed than underdressed�. For the boardroom, the corporate water cooler, and � if I may add - the squad room as well, certainly a good rule to follow. Don�t believe me? Walk into an interview room dressed in t-shirt and jeans, like every other anti-crime cop, and start an interview / debriefing. Then try the same interview dressed in a suit; if you don�t think it has an initial influence on your subject, you�re wrong. If you don�t believe me, just ask around, and check with some of the other experts. (As an unnamed source once put it, the ideal interviewer dresses like a fed, and interviews like an NYPD detective!)
ESQUIRE recommends that you leave the pockets of your suit jacket sealed, just the way they came. �Opening them for cell phones and keys is the quickest way for them to lose its shape�. This is coupled with another law that says �Nothing says jackass quite as well as a cell phone on a belt clip�. Here is where I have to take exception with these experts.
They certainly do not have the detective in mind, not in today�s day and age. My question is, if the pockets are to remain sealed, and nothing else goes on your belt � where do you put ALL of that extra STUFF you carry? Cell phone, beeper, cuffs, extra magazine, handgun: all items that you regularly load onto your belt. Unless you are supposed to be carrying a �man bag�, a European men�s carry-bag, or can be fortunate enough to travel with your own personal valet, there�s just no way around it � you need the pockets, and some of the belt.
The fashion police do not address the issue of lapel pins worn on suit jackets; in the world of fashion, there is no such thing. If I may try to add my recommendation, lapel pins should be limited to no more than 1 at a time. Pins denoting merit over membership should take precedence; subtlety is a key. The same for tie pins. It�s noted here that ESQUIRE didn�t address the issue of tie pins or tie tac�s, yet the newest issue of GQ does. According to GQ, tie clips are ok, as long as they are �simple� and don�t have those alligator-tooth sides that chew up your tie�s material. And tie clips, when worn, should be worn below the level of where your suit jacket is buttoned (rule of thumb � if your jacket is buttoned, you don�t see the tie tac. Subtlety, again, should be the rule here as well.
And just how long should that tie be? �Your tie tip should just reach your waistband�. A pretty simple rule to follow, for most people. Just how Larry Eggers is supposed to figure out where his waistband is at any given time is another question; his waistband moves like the changing tide. Actually, none of these rules apply to Larry. He�s a fashion enigma unto himself.
Maybe some of our former super-sleuths working for fashion publications can make a suggestion, for a fashion spread on the well-dressed detective � how to dress fashionable, and practical. Maybe Mr. Cantwell can mention it to Si Newhouse next time they pass in the elevator!
�LEST WE FORGET�� NYPD Memorial
�It is not how they died that makes them a hero, but how they lived their lives�.
February 21, 1920 Ptl Henry Immen, 53 Pct, Shot-burglary in progress
February 21, 1982 PO george Werdann, 47 Pct, Robbery, off duty
February 22, 1925 Ptl Maurice Harlow, 13 Pct, Shot by prisoner
February 23, 1930 Ptl Joseph Keenan, PA, Shot-accidental discharge
February 24, 1930 Ptl George Coughlin, Mcy Dist, Auto accident on patrol
February 24, 1968 Ptl John Augulis, 83 Pct, LOD heart attack
February 24, 1980 PO Seraphin Calabrese, TPD-1, Shot-arrest
February 25, 1938 Ptl Henry Masterdon, 11 Pct, Injured on patrol
February 26, 1988 PO Edward Byrne, 103 Pct, Shot-assassination guarding witness
February 28, 1928 Ptl John Hubbard, Traffic A, Auto accident on patrol
February 28, 1952 Sgt Paul Brooks, GCP Pct, Motorcycle accident
February 28, 1970 Ptl Michael Melchionna, TPD1, Shot-investigation
February 29, 1980 Ptl Irving Smith, TPD-PA, Shot-off duty robbery
March 1, 1945 PO Albert Black, Traffic F, Fire rescue
March 1, 1970 PO Joseph Mariconda, Aviation and
PO Patrick Harrington, Aviation