The Police Mystique: An Insider's Look at Cops, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System

The Police Mystique: An Insider's Look at Cops, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System

The Police Mystique: An Insider's Look at Cops, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System

The Police Mystique: An Insider's Look at Cops, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System

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I was born in Spain and came to America, at nine, as part of the great immigrant wave from Europe. The experience shaped my view of a country great enough to embrace the "tempest tossed" and "wretched refuse" of distant shores and raise them to prosperity and power.

I grew up in the New York City Police Department, entering it at twenty-four, on January 1, 1953, and leaving it, reluctantly, twenty-four years later, as commander of all the Bronx forces.

The intervening years were spent learning, serving, and climbing. I was lucky enough to hold almost every imaginable police job and rank, including investigations, patrol, planning, communications, intelligence, internal affairs, and everything in between. I held nine different ranks and had fourteen totally different jobs in the NYPD alone.

This lucky apprenticeship was followed by three years as deputy chief of the NYC Transit Police, who cover the subway system. I was responsible for the daily operations of the department, which I found to have a totally different culture from that of the NYPD.

Next came a nine-year stint as chief of police in Minneapolis, which gave me the chance to "run my own shop," in the parlance of the profession. I left that post when I became convinced that the agency needed fresh blood and new ideas at the top.

Those thirty-six years in policing gave me a love for the profession that has never dimmed. Just as a whaling ship proved to be Herman Melville's Harvard or Yale, the police world was mine.

As I plied its waters, though, I was struck by the reticence of my colleagues to inform the public of the horrors that were becoming a part of their daily fare and that, I felt, would never be solved until the people . . .

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