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David Greenberg and Robert Hantz joined the New York Police Department to fight crime, not direct traffic.  The police officer’s tale of off-beat crime fighting techniques that ultimately won them detective shields (and the street name Batman and Robin) was first told in L.H. Whittemore’s “The Super Cops: The true story of the Cops Called Batman and Robin.”  Whittemore’s book became the 1974 movie “Super Cops.”  Later, Daivd Greenberg would write the sequel (of sorts) to Super Cops in his book, Play it to a Bust.


According to one reader of Play It To A Bust, it “is the sequel to The Super Cops. It was written by David Greenberg, aka Batman of The Super Cops. Although the book is filled with enough action and adventure to not make it boring, it's pretty much a meaningless book. Where the predecessor was certainly exaggerated, this book is hard to find any truth in the stories. Where the characters were Batman and Robin in the first book, Greenberg describes his own strength and abilities as being more akin to Superman. The book contradicts the first one. Some of the "later" exploits are simply retold versions of things that had already happened to them. Those who are familiar with the first book or the movie know that it ends with the two cops becoming detectives. Unfortunately, their detective careers didn't go anywhere. In this book, Greenberg tries to claim that it did by making up numerous stories. He also exhibits a distinct lack of morality. In the book he sleeps with anyone he can, and then goes home to his wife. (Perhaps we should elect him President.) There are other things he does too. If you're a die-hard Super Cops fan like myself, then you really don't have much choice other than to read this book. However, realize that there's probably more truth and morality in a Batman comic book than there is in this novel which claims to be a true story.”

Play it to a bust: The super cops
David Greenberg  More Info
The Super Cops The true story of the cops called Batman and Robin
L.H. Whittemore  More Info

The Super Cops
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About the New York Police Department 

The first law-enforcement officer began to patrol the trails and paths of New York City when it was known as New Amsterdam, and was a Dutch settlement and fort in the year 1625. This lawman was known as a "Schout – fiscal" (sheriff – attorney) and was charged with keeping the peace, settling minor disputes, and warning colonists if fires broke out at night. The first Schout was a man named Johann Lampo.


The Rattle Watch was a group of colonists during the Dutch era (1609 - 1664) who patrolled from sunset until dawn. They carried weapons, lanterns and wooden rattles (that are similar to the ratchet noisemakers used during New Year celebrations). The rattles made a very loud, distinctive sound and were used to warn farmers and colonists of threatening situations. Upon hearing this sound, the colonists would rally to defend themselves or form bucket-brigades to put out fires. The rattles were used because whistles had not yet been invented. The Rattle Watchmen also are believed to have carried lanterns that had green glass inserts. This was to help identify them while they were on patrol at night (as there were no streetlights at that time). When they returned to their Watch House from patrol, they hung their lantern on a hook by the front door to show that the Watchman was present in the Watch House. Today, green lights are still hung outside the entrances of Police Precincts as a symbol that the "Watch" is present and vigilant.


When the High Constable of New York City, Jacob Hays retired from service in 1844, permission was granted by the Governor of the state to the Mayor of the City to create a Police Department. A force of approximately 800 men under the first Chief of Police, George W. Matsell, began to patrol the City in July of 1845. They wore badges that had an eight-pointed star (representing the first 8 paid members of the old Watch during Dutch times). The badges had the seal of the City in their center and were made of stamped copper.





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