J. P. Morgan, D. Min., has nearly 40 years of law enforcement
experience. He began his career with the New York City Police Department where he rose to the rank of detective.
He would then go on to spend time as a FBI Special Agent Supervisor and Chief in a municipal Police Department.
Additionally, Dr. J. P. Morgan has been a tenured Associate Professor of Police Management and Chairman of the Department
of Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Director of the Police Science Division at the University of
Georgia. J. P. Morgan is the author of two books: Redistribute Values Not Wealth: For
a More Rewarding Life’s Journey and The Copper Indian and Faith and Proton Therapy vs. Prostate Cancer.
According to the book description of The
Copper Indian, “Police work is fun, and unorthodox, in the 1950s and '60s. The booking of a dead man;
making a prisoner pay for his taxi ride to jail; and the disappearance of a corpse are all part of a day's work.
In The Copper Indian, the
reader has an inside look at the skimming of drugs and money, and learns how bounty driven narcs make arrests based on intuition
and profiling. This novel combines the suspense, humor, and action encountered by an idealistic and frustrated Native American,
Jim Utze, when he joins the NYPD, one of the most storied cultures of society in the mid-twentieth century.
Jim longs for the days of the Wild West when good people
helped the weak and oppressed. The Lone Ranger radio show that he listened to in the 1930s as a youth provides the heroes
he wants to emulate.
All too often, however, a police situation arises where
it appears that the end can justify the means. When the erosion of his integrity becomes too prevalent, Detective Utze questions
his continuing acceptance of the system. Even his girlfriend Ruth, an Israeli mystery woman, becomes an enigma, especially
when Jim suspects she may have played a part in the use of his personal weapon in an assassination.”
John Helman of Allbook Reviews said of
The Copper Indian, “What happens when a young man with high ideals encounters the harsh realities
of everyday law enforcement? Jim Utze faced these questions more often than he had ever dreamed in his career in the late
50's and early 60's with New York Police Department's Narcotics Bureau. Jim Utze began life in the Bronx of the
1930's, born of a Native American father and Irish mother. His favorite hero was Tonto, the loyal friend of the Lone Ranger.
In his duties as a detective he experienced many things that initially conflicted with his long nurtured sense of right and
wrong. Was he able to rationalize these conflicts? How did he handle the great temptations he faced on a daily basis? What
about his girlfriend Ruth who claimed to be an employee of the Israeli airline El Al, but had connections that rose to the
heights of the Israeli government? Was Jim cruelly used in an international game in which he had no part? Only by reading
this book can one find out.
The main author, J.P. Morgan has a storied career in
law enforcement and the science of criminology that spans 40 years culminating in a doctorate in theology. His accomplishments
include being a municipal police chief, a Special Agent Supervisor with the FBI, and a tenured faculty member in the area
of Police Management. It is this wide realm of experience that makes for the ability to write so well as to create a book
of this high caliber.
This book, Copper Indian, is incredibly readable and
always leaves the reader looking forward to the next chapter. I am eagerly awaiting the next volume and wonder how my questions
will be answered and what new questions shall arise. I do highly recommend this book to readers of almost any arena. In fact,
this book goes a long way to show that all that glitters is not gold, and that copper has a sheen and luster of its own.”
According to the book description of Redistribute
Values Not Wealth: For A More Rewarding Life’s Journey, “The premise of this nonfiction book is
supported by interesting and entertaining stories in the life journey of the author before, during, and after rewarding careers
in law enforcement and academia. The role played by values, and subtle spirituality, can be found in the choices he made during
this journey. The stories are fun to read and easy to visualize. A few are unique, but most involve recognizable situations.
Most readers will find something in these stories that will make them say, "Way to go!" and/or "I could do
something like that!”
reader of Redistribute Values Not Wealth: For A More Rewarding Life’s Journey said, “I
have read most of the book, the reason is the author is my grandfather. I was in charge of putting some stuff together for
him, and got wrapped up in the book accidentally. Instead of doing my homework, i spent a few days after school reading passages
from his book "Redistribute values, not Wealth". My grandfather has always had a lot of neat stories, but you never
really know what they mean to you until you see it combined in this book. Just looking at the title, you don't really
think that this book will be very entertaining, since its talking about values and stuff. but it almost isn’t. It is
talking about how the most important thing we can pass down to our next generation is our values.”
History of the New York City Police Department
Constables' fees were fixed by law in 1789 as follows: For serving a warrant, 1s.,
6d., mileage, for every mile going only, six pence. For levying a fine or penalty to the amount of twenty shillings or under,
one shilling; and on all sums above twenty shillings, at the rte of one shilling in the pound. Taking a defendant in custody,
or a witness, one shilling; conveying a prisoner to jail, one shilling, if with in one mile, and for every mile more going
The committee appointed to regulate
the city Watch were ordered to inquire into the state of the Watchmen's caps, and report the same to the Board, and also
whether an additional number of Watchmen (and how many) were necessary to fully patrol a part of the outward ward. The Common
council concluded not to enforce regulations made by the above committee, looking to the increase of the ? Watch, until the
legislature should have authorized the raising of a sufficient sum to defray the extra expense attendant on the augmentation
of the City Watch. An allowance was made to constables and marshals for conveying prisoners to Bridewell, and the pay of the
former was placed at four shillings per night during January, February, and March, and three shillings per night for both
branches of the State legislature, "in humble confidence that the wisdom of the Legislature will provide a remedy for
an evil productive of consequences dangerous, and destructive to an alarming degree." According to this memorial the
poor prisoners suffered great hardships, besides their loss of liberty. It appears a if the atrocities practiced by British
jailors has to some extent produced a similar disregard of human suffering in the breasts of the officials that succeeded
them. The prisoners confined in the jail, we learn were "subjected to the danger arising from putrid and contagious disorders,
occasioned by crowded rooms and corrupted air, and liable to become useless if not pernicious members of society, from the
great danger they are in of acquiring habits of intemperance and debauchery, while attempting to drown the recollection of
their present misfortunes and distresses by the excessive use of spirituous liquors." From the second of January, 1787,
to the third of December, 1788, there had been one thousand one hundred and sixty-two commitments to the jail for debt; seven
hundred and sixteen of these had been confined for sums recoverable before a justice of the peace, and many of these under
twenty shillings. In December, 1788, there were eighty debtors in jail, forty of whom were locked up for sums under twenty
The Watch of 1788 consisted of one
Captain and thirty men. The former was paid eight shillings, and the latter three shillings a night, which amounted to £34,
6s., per week, and £1783, 12s., per year. for supplying the same with wood and candles, £50. It was proposed to
add fifteen more men, which would raise the Watch to forty-five men per night, making an extra expense of £15, 15s.,
per week, or £819 per year. there are also an additional expense for the winter (three months) of £202, 10., making
a grand total of £2855, 2s. Their pay was increased in December one shilling per man per night.
On December 31 of the same year, however,
twenty men were added to the force in consequence of the frequent robberies, which were taking place in the city. This extra
protection was not of long consequence; for, on April 7, 1789, the common council adopted a resolution to discharge all extra
men. But a slow increase was soon inaugurated. On October 23, two men were added, and the number of gradually increased in
this way. A new Watch-house was built in the City hall at Broad and Wall Streets, where the sub-treasury now stands, and there
the Watchmen were obliged to parade at seven o'clock on winter evenings and eight in summer. Toward the close of 1789,
it was ordered that the Watchmen be allowed four shillings per night from the first of December to first of March ensuing,
and the "Assistant Foreman" of the Watch was allowed an addition of a shilling a night to his pay above what the
rank and file received.
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