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From 1996 through 2014, Charles Campisi headed NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, working under four police commissioners and gaining a reputation as hard-nosed and incorruptible. When he retired, only one man on the 36,000-member force had served longer. During Campisi's IAB tenure, the number of New Yorkers shot, wounded, or killed by cops every year declined by 90 percent, and the number of cops failing integrity tests shrank to an equally startling low.
But to achieve those exemplary results, Campisi had to triple IAB's staff, hire the very best detectives, and put the word out that bad apples wouldn't be tolerated.
While the early minutes of Campisi's absorbing account bring us into the real world of cops, showing, for example, the agony that every cop suffers when he fires his gun, later chapters spotlight a harrowing series of investigations that tested IAB's capacities, forcing detectives to go undercover against cops who were themselves undercover, to hunt down criminals posing as cops, and to break through the "blue wall of silence" to verify rare - but sometimes very real - cases of police brutality.
Told in an edge-of-the-seat way by a born storyteller, Blue on Blue puts us in the scene, allowing us to listen in on wiretaps and feel the adrenaline rush of drawing in the net. It also reveals new threats to the force, such as the possibility of infiltration by terrorists. Ultimately, the book inspires awe for the man who, for almost two decades, was entrusted with the job of making sure the words "New York's Finest" never rang hollow.
A truly revelatory account, Blue on Blue will forever change the way you view police work.
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By wellsryanj on 07-29-17
Citizens of New York Should Read this....
It was interesting to read how law enforcement polices itself and the steps that have been taken to ensure the quality of personnel they have among the ranks. This day in age we hear enough about police officer killings that becomes increases tension and creates division among the population. Any time someone is killed by law enforcement is a tragedy - regardless of innocence. However, police are humans in a dynamic situation that is not black and white. I found it refreshing to hear how the NYPD IAB does "integrity" checks on cops who are under suspicion and those who are not. I think that form of prevention goes a long way in keeping cops honest.
I know this book was written by a former IAB chief who is proud to have served the city of New York. Some people might think he has a bias. I think you will find Campisi quite unbiased in fact when it comes to cops breaking any laws. He makes a great case for the job that the police are doing by presenting solid statistics and explaining details that the lay person can understand.
I would recommend this book for its content as well as the narrator whom I have always enjoyed.
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