Robert (Bob) Martin retired from the Lower Township
Police Department (New Jersey) as a Detective Commander after 25 years of service. He partnered with
retired Captain Ernest Naspretto, New York Police Department, to write the true account of the murder and the investigation
into the murder of a fellow officer. His book, The Thick Blue Line, explores the murder of Police
Officer David C. Douglass, Lower Township Police Department (New Jersey).
According to the book description The Thick
Blue Line, “if you enjoy crime novels you will enjoy reading the true murder story, The Thick Blue Line.
The investigation is revealed through the eyes of the investigators who solved the murder of a fellow officer. The reader
will experience the investigative process from initial incident to the final judicial sentencing of the offender. The six
week investigation allows you to observe, and understand, what the investigators did in an attempt to close the most important
case of their respective careers.”
From the History
of the New York Police Department
It is plain, from figures which come down to us in the public records, that no time
was lost inputting things in order in the city. Arrangements appear to have been made with great promptitude for a system
of watching, and for lighting the streets, for the accounts of the City Treasurer show that drafts were made for the purpose
from January 1, 1784, forward. These expenditures were marked by great liberality as compared with those of the Colonial days;
but it must be taken into account that extensive repairs in lamps, watch-houses, and other appurtenances were necessary, before
any effectual service could be obtained. Nevertheless the appropriations were extremely liberal for the period.
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