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Jerry Speziale is a police officer who has attended three police academies and is a certified police officer in three states: New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jerry Speziale first served fifteen years with the New York Police Department where he worked in the South Bronx, Organized Crime Control Bureau and Federal Drug Enforcement Task Force. After leaving NYPD, he has been the Chief of Department with the Bergen County Sheriff's Department and the Chief of Police in New Hope Pennsylvania.  As of 2007, he is the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff.


Sheriff Jerry Speziale’s book is Without A Badge: Undercover in the World's Deadliest Criminal Organization.  According to Publishers Weekly (2003), “An original member of the DEA's legendary Group 93, which was founded in 1990 to target the drug cartels based in Cali, Colombia, Speziale has an amazing life story to tell, and in a breathless narrative, he (with freelance writer Seal) nails the high points of his 20-year-long career. From his troubled youth in New Jersey through his incarnation as the suave "Geraldo Bartone" to infiltrate the Cali gangs, to a final bout with career burnout, Speziale provides a detailed insider look at the tough life of undercover cops and the relentless pressure of a job in which the "only way to bust the cartel is to become part of it.”

According to one reader of Without A Badge: Undercover in the World's Deadliest Criminal Organization, “This is a very compelling book. It is the true story of NYPD undercover officer on "loan" to the DEA. This cop turned author, literally wrote the book on wiretaps. He risked his life to make major drug busts. However, by pursuing the Columbia drug cartels so aggressively, he also risked the lives of many innocent (and some not so innocent)others. He does not hide this fact in his book and he should be applauded for his honesty.  If you, read a "true crime" book only now and again -- buy this book. If you read "true crime" regularly this will be one of your all-time favorites.

According to another reader of Without A Badge: Undercover in the World's Deadliest Criminal Organization, “From what seems like real danger in the beginning while acting like a low life junkie ends up later looking like child’s play. Later Mr. Bartone goes deep undercover and goes on to con and collect several thousand dollars in cash and drugs from key members of the Cali Cartel. Even though the situations that Speziale gets himself into are very dangerous you often find yourself laughing because he always finds a way to pin the drug bust on someone other than himself and even having the nerve to ask for retribution for his losses. Along the way he meets up with and learns from an interesting character named Paul Lir Alaxander who is as mysterious as he is savvy when it comes to understanding the drug business. The book reads like a novel but the story is anything but fiction. If anyone takes the time to read this book it will be one of their best reads ever.”

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About Passaic County Sheriff’s Department

The Passaic County Sheriff’s Department is a full-service law enforcement agency that is organized into three large bureaus: Bureau of Corrections; Bureau of Law Enforcement; and Bureau of Court Security.  The department also has the functions of civil process and community policing.

According to Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, “Along with the its most visible unit, Uniformed Patrol, this division also deploys the following specialized units whenever they are needed throughout the county, at no extra cost to taxpayers: Bomb Squad, Crisis Response Team, Emergency Services Unit, Haz-Mat Team, Special Weapons, Scuba Team, Criminal Investigations Division, Narcotics Investigations, Water Resource Protection Unit, Internet Crime Unit, Fugitive Warrant Squad, Crime Scene Unit, Marine Patrol, Public Safety Telecommunications, E-911 Call Center, and Hostage Negotiation.

Unlike state or federal prisons which hold sentenced individuals, the Passaic County Jail houses all of the following: accused persons awaiting trial; convicted persons serving short-term sentences; convicted offenders awaiting state sentence or execution of sentence; probation, parole and bail bond violators; juveniles pending transfer to juvenile authorities; and, mentally ill persons pending their movement to appropriate health facilities.

Jail Records, the Bureau of Criminal Identification, the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program, and Hopedell work crews also operate from the jail, providing various services for county residents.

The safety of thousands of people, including judges, lawyers, jurors, litigants, witnesses, judicial staff, press and the public, must be maintained to allow them to carry out their daily activities. The Bureau of Court Security is also responsible for maintaining order in courtrooms, waiting areas and all other court premises. Sheriff Officers also effect arrests and respond to all types of emergencies including but not limited to medical, fire and bomb threats.

There are twenty five Superior Court Judges assigned to the Superior Court complex, six judges presiding in the Family part, ten judges, presiding in the Civil part and nine judges presiding in the Criminal part. Sheriff's Officers are stationed in all courtrooms. Every month in excess of one thousand inmates are transported from the Passaic County Jail and Passaic County Detention Center to secure temporary holding cells located at the court complex. These inmates are brought to the court complex for various judicial proceedings”

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