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Dr. Daniel C.  Rudofossi (NYPD) “is the real deal: street cop, sergeant, and commanding officer who patrolled urban war zones and effected over 200 arrests without a complaint when New York was known as the murder capital of the United States. That experience and credibility helped him, as Uniform Psychologist/Police Sergeant, NYPD, in relating to police officers and in working through assessment, crisis, and therapy with hundreds of officers. What he offers in this book is the combined result of more than a decade of experience, from street cop to licensed psychologist who conducted extensive clinical treatment and research. Dr. Rudofossi is certified in the following psychotherapies: Fellow in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Albert Ellis Institute (formally, Institute of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy); Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Society; and Clinician Diplomate in Logotherapy, The Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.

Dr. Daniel C.  Rudofossi is Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University and Clinical Supervisor at Yeshiva University Albert Einstein School of Medicine. He continues in his private practice to work with traumatized police officers and is on the Board of Advisors, Saybrook University Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program in Police and Public Safety. He is a recent appointee as Police Cop Doc to the New York and New Jersey Crime Clinic Detectives Association, and his recent appointment as Administrative Clinical Psychologist for the HHSG includes supervising and monitoring the US DOJ DEA EAP Nationwide.” Dr. Daniel C.  Rudofossi is the author of Working With Traumatized Police-officer Patients: A Clinician’s Guide to Complex Ptsd Syndromes in Public Safety Professionals and A Cop Doc's Guide to Public Safety Complex Trauma Syndrome: Using Five Police Personality Style and The New York Cop Doc Journal.

According to the book description of The New York Cop Doc Journal, "Cop Doc Allan Cannon, a forensic psychologist, is accustomed to difficult cases. However, his life is disrupted on multiple levels by a particularly disturbing crime. With a police officer as the victim, Allan has a significant part to play in the investigation. In the midst of the chaos, Allan meets a mysterious, yet alluring, woman. Their relationship soon takes a dark and obsessive turn, and Allan is forced to consider how well he truly knows her. Cop Doc Allan's journal is a place for him to chronicle the turbulence of the mind of a homicide suspect and the prosecutor who is out to nail him. Dr. Cannon's investigation into the criminal mind sheds light that echoes out from the dark mirror of justice beyond the cliché that what is transparent is evident."

According to the book description of Dealing With the Mentally Ill Person on the Street: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Public Safety Professionals, "This unique guide will serve as a street survival guide for public safety officers and supervisors alike. The author, Doctor Daniel Rudofossi, a sworn police officer and police psychologist in the NYPD and DEA among other agencies, offers a thorough assessment and intervention guide for clinicians and public safety professionals in dealing with mentally ill persons. Using his technique, the Eco-Ethological Existential Analytic method, he presents an original approach toward compassionate and safe interventions with mentally ill citizens who become involved with public safety officers. It will open the doors to an effective and highly meaningful guide officers can put into practice immediately, so that officers and supervisors can maximize the outcome of safe and effective humane processing of mentally ill with the potential for violence. Case examples and question-and-answer sections are also provided that offer user-friendly guidelines for ensuring custody to rehabilitation of the mentally ill street person. The guide also provides information on how to gain self-care and referral to peers when the stressors of dealing with the mentally ill start to increase to burnout and 'compassion fatigue' in first responders and mental health counselors. It will also provide a wide overview as well as in-depth coverage of the evolving specialty of police psychology. The book will prove to be an invaluable resource for a wide audience of professional police officers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, military guard, public and private security, criminal justice practitioners, counselors, social workers and others in responding to such crises. From triage through the police custodial role to outreach and cooperation with local and community mental health clinics, the approaches offered in this book will lead to the best of all possible outcomes."

According to the book description of A Cop Doc's Guide to Public Safety Complex Trauma Syndrome: Using Five Police Personality Styles it “is written in response to the need for an advanced, specialized guide for clinicians to operationally define, understand, and responsibly treat complex post-traumatic stress and grief syndromes in the context of the unique varieties of police personality styles. The book continues where Rudofossi's first book, Working with Traumatized Police Officer Patients left off. Theory is wed to practice and practice to effective interventions with police officer-patients. The 'how' and 'why' of a clinician's approach is made highly effective by understanding the distinct personality styles of officer-patients. Rudofossi's theoretical approach segues into difficult examples that highlight each officer-patient's eco-ethological field experience of loss in trauma, with a focus on enhancing resilience and motivation to - otherwise left disenfranchised. Thus, this original work expands the ecological-ethological existential analysis of complex PTSD into the context of personality styles, with an emphasis on resilience - without ignoring the pathological aspects of loss that often envelop officer-patient trauma syndromes.

Charles Brenner, M.D., Past President, American Psychoanalytic Association said of A Cop Doc's Guide to Public Safety Complex Trauma Syndrome: Using Five Police Personality Styles, “Professor Rudofossi is a recognized authority on the psychological diagnosis and treatment of persons whose employment regularly exposes them and their fellow workers to the risk of death or physical injury. This volume continues the high level of both practical and theoretical information found in his previous writings. The wealth of clinical examples is particularly impressive. It is a book that should be read by everyone who has responsibility for the psychological welfare of firefighters, police, and other security personnel.”

Thomas Creelman, M.A., CEAP, Employee Assistance Program Coordinator, New York State Office of the Attorney General said of A Cop Doc's Guide to Public Safety Complex Trauma Syndrome: Using Five Police Personality Styles, “Once again, in this sequel to his earlier book on traumatized police officers, Dr. Rudofossi has blended theoretical and practical applications of psychology and law enforcement. His approach of identifying the five varieties of public safety personality styles provides critical information for both mental health practitioners working with law enforcement personnel and law enforcement managers. This is an excellent book that should be read by all who work with, or are interested in, law enforcement officers!”

Kevin Gilmartin, Ph.D.,Clinical Psychologist (retired Law Enforcement), Author, Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Officers and Their Families said of A Cop Doc's Guide to Public Safety Complex Trauma Syndrome: Using Five Police Personality Styles, “Dr. Daniel Rudofossi's most recent work, A Cop Doc's Guide to Public Safety Complex Trauma Syndrome: Using Five Police Personality Styles, is a valuable contribution for the clinician who seeks insight into the complex and often misunderstood issues affecting the psychological well-being of the men and women of law enforcement. Dr. Rudofossi is a unique and rare individual who can combine his decades of experience in the multiple worlds of police officer, clinician, and academician to provide us with a much-needed understanding of the dynamics taking place. This is a must read for the mental health clinician who wants to assist the men and women who work in law enforcement.”

One reader of Working With Traumatized Police-officer Patients: A Clinician’s Guide to Complex PTSD Syndromes in Public Safety Professionals said, “Dr. Daniel Rudofossi presents rare insights and demonstrates extraordinary clinical skills in his colossal work, Working with Traumatized Police-Officer Patients. He offers originality and creatively blends existing therapeutic modalities into his eco-ethological approach, which establishes the dignity and prizes the uniqueness of each individual officer-patient who has suffered Complex PTSD. Written by an insider-who was the street cop and became the cop-doc-this treatise will be an invaluable training manual for those attempting to work with traumatized public safety professionals. May it serve to heal the invisible wounds suffered by many in their tour of duty to protect public safety.”

From the History of the New York City Police Department 

In 1746 the Recorder proposed to the Common Council, on the part of a joint committee of the Assembly and Council that the latter body should have a small Watch-house built near the Powder House. The committee proposed to supply Watchmen until a proper magazine could be erected within the stockades. The proposal was approved by the common council, and the committee charged with enlarging the Poor House was intrusted to build the Watch-house. The military watch that the troublous times rendered needful was a sore burden to the New Yorkers.

On June 3, 1747, a committee of five Aldermen were appointed to prepare a draft of an address and petition to his Excellency, the Governor, to ease the city of the burden of keeping a military watch. This committee, under instructions, reported the following day.

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