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Detective Alan Sandomir was born and raised in New York City. He attended Cortland College in upstate New York where he received a dual Bachelor’s Degree in both Anthropology and Political Science. After college, Detective Alan Sandomir spent four years in the United States Army where he was involved in a classified intelligence collection operation in Eastern Europe during the height of the Cold War.


After his military service, Detective Alan Sandomir joined the ranks of the New York City Police Department in 1984 and began his career walking a beat in the housing projects along Manhattan’s Lower East Side. His stint as a Lower East Side cop included a four year assignment in a plainclothes street crime unit that targeted guns, shootings, robberies and burglaries in and around those housing projects. Following that, he began an assignment in an undercover narcotics unit that targeted lower Manhattan.


Alan Sandomir’s experiences there led him to a position in the highly acclaimed Organized Crime Control Bureau’s Manhattan North Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT) where he was involved in undercover investigations against the organized drug gangs that battled for upper Manhattan. By1992 he had been decorated nineteen times and was transferred to the Detective Bureau. Detective Sandomir was then  sent to the South Bronx where he investigated everything from harassment to homicide. In 1995 he requested a transfer to the Manhattan Special Victims Squad where he began specializing in investigating violent sex crimes.


In 2001, Alan Sandomir created and initiated a program that allowed him to specialize in and investigate the trickle of incoming DNA based cases that was correctly forecasted to soon turn into an avalanche. As the DNA databanks began to churn out DNA cases Detective Sandomir and his partner, Detective Edward Tacchi, became the first DNA Detectives in the NYPD where they led both New York City and New York State in DNA arrests and indictments while working out of their Manhattan office.


During his tenure at the Manhattan Special Victims Squad Detective Alan Sandomir became immortalized as fictional Special Victims Squad Detective Al Vandomir in mystery writer Linda Fairstein’s ‘Alex Cooper’ murder/mystery series.  Detective Alan Sandomir continued to hone his investigative, interrogation and interview skills while working on thousands of sex crime cases over the years and becoming an in-house lecturer and DNA consultant. He was soon promoted to the highly vaunted rank of Detective 2nd Grade where he continued to be involved in some of the most publicized, notorious and serious sex crime cases that the City of New York encountered.


Three New York City Police Department detectives are among the co-authors of the Rape Investigations Handbook.  According to the book description, “This work addresses specific investigative and forensic processes related to sex crimes for those who work in law enforcement, the defense community, or in the private sector. It is an unprecedented collaborative work -- the first working manual for sex crime investigators, written by sex crime investigators and forensic scientists.


The key feature of this work is a thorough overview of the investigative and forensic processes related to sex crime investigation. It takes the reader through investigative and forensic processes in a logical sequence, showing how investigations of rape and sexual assault can and should be conducted from start to finish. It is intended to set the investigative and forensic standard for sex crimes investigation.


It is designed to be accessible, in terms of language, not only to a detective or investigator who does hands on casework, but to the student in the classroom learning about the subject for the first time.


This work is an excellent training manual for sex crime investigators around the world. It is also an excellent textbook for any hands on university course on the subject of sex crime investigation. This work is an excellent supplement for any investigative course involving violent crime or death investigation. The only comprehensive reference available on the investigation of sexual assault and rape, a crime 10 times more prevalent than murder;  Authored by qualified investigators and forensic professionals with more than twenty years of collective experience working cases, preparing them for court, and offering testimony; and, Written in a clear, practical style, ideal for professionals in forensic nursing, law enforcement, the legal community, and the investigative community.”

Rape Investigation Handbook
Brent E. Turvey  More Info

From the History of the New York Police Department 

Whether any conspiracy existed against the lives and property of the colonies, is a question that can never be set at rest now. There can be no doubt, however, that several unfortunates suffered death, just as if they had been actual conspirators, and that the entire community was stricken with terror at the prospect of pillage and assassination. One result of the affair was the appointment, in 1741 of thirty-six night watchmen, including three overseers. They were divided into three reliefs of eleven men each, and these took regular turns in guarding the city. The hours of duty were from an hour after sunset to the beating of the reveille next morning. The expense of this Watch was defrayed from a tax of £5741, 2s., which the Municipality was authorized to raise by a special Act of the General Assembly.

About the year 1714 the paupers were beginning to be both numerous and troublesome, and it was proposed, instead of maintaining them by weekly pittances, as had hither to been done, to provide a house where they could be cared for at the public expense, and be made to contribute somewhat towards their livelihood, the scheme, however, was not carried into effect until 1734, when a commodious house was erected on the commons, in the rear of the present City hall, and on the site of the future "old Alms House." The building was forty-six feet long, twenty-four feet wide, and two stories high, with a cellar; and was furnished with implements of labor to the use of the inmates. The churchwardens were appointed as overseers of the Poor, and all paupers were required to work under penalty of receiving "moderate" correction. As the building as also a house of correction it was used as a sort of calaboose for unruly slaves, their masters having permission to send them thither for punishment. A number of police regulations were adopted in August, 1742. One of these ordered that twelve men, with a Constable, constantly watch every Sunday "from sunrise to sunset, and that such Watch be continued in turn as the Night-watch are." Another provided that n every Sunday morning from daylight to the time of the setting of the military guard, and from five o'clock P. M.--when the guard was dismissed--until the evening Watch came on, means be adopted 'to prevent the irregularities lately so much practices by negroes, children, and others on the Sabbath Day." the method was for one Alderman, one petty Constable, and four firemen to walk around the city during the hours indicated, while on alternate Sundays the Assistant Alderman, the High Constable or Marshal, one petty constable, and three firemen should serve.

The rules of 1741 regarding the Night-watch were in effect renewed, the ground being states that of recent years great numbers of convicts had come into the city, and it was necessary to provide against "insurrections and the plots of slaves." Constables who failed in their duties were to be fined ten shillings; no boys or apprentices were allowed on the Watch; and the Constable in charge was to send out the first rounds precisely an hour after sunset, and immediately on the return of the first rounds should send out another. The rounds consisted of four Watchmen, and their duty was to walk the streets, lane, wharves, and alleys, and they were not to return to the watch-house in less than an hour, except upon extraordinary occasions. Upon the return of the second round, the Constable in charge was obliged to g out himself with the remaining three Watchmen and so just as his predecessors. The process was then repeated, and in the morning the Constable called the roll to see that all his men had done full duty. The actual expense of the Watch department was thereby increased from about £50 to £448.

In this year, Robert Bowne, a Quaker, being elected Constable for Montgomerie Ward, refused to serve, on the ground that Quakers were, by law, exempt from such duty. The case being carried to the Chief Justice it was decided in favor of the Quaker, and a new election was therefore ordered.


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