In 1973, Jim O’Neil was promoted
to sergeant and had various assignments in uniform before returning to the investigative end of law enforcement for the rest
of his career. He saw action as the boss of the Harlem Homicide Taskforce during the drug wars. And, his last six years on
the job were spent as the supervisor of detectives in the Manhattan North Senior Citizen Robbery Squad, one of the most successful
investigative units in the Country. Jim O’Neil is the co-author of A Cop's Tale--NYPD: The Violent Years: A Detectives
Firsthand Account of Murder and Mayhem.
According to the book description of
A Cop's Tale--NYPD: The Violent Years: A Detectives Firsthand Account of Murder and Mayhem, “A
Cop's Tale by Jim O'Neil and Mel Fazzino delivers a rare look into the bare-bones brand of law enforcement from the 1960s
to 1980s in New York City. O'Neil describes the thrill of putting LeRoy "Nicky" Barnes out of business and his key
role helping the DEA end Frank Lucas's grip on the Harlem drug trade; and his experience at the "Dog Day Afternoon"
bank robbery. It's one of New York's finest getting as down-and-dirty as the criminals he faced to protect the citizens of
the city he loved.”