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The Axeman's Game
Michael F. Gajewski  More Info

About the Jersey City Police Department

The Jersey City Police Department is organized into two large divisions: Operations Division and Support Services Division.  The Operations Division contains the functions of patrol, investigations and special operations.

The Patrol Bureau is commanded by a Police Inspector and divided into five geographic districts.  In addition to the patrol and investigations functions, the department has a number of specialized units such as the Emergency Services Unit.  According to the Jersey City Police Department, “The Emergency Services Unit is a multi-purpose unit of the Jersey City Police Department.  The unit provides numerous specialized services such as tactical entry teams, federally trained snipers, a fully equipped SCUBA team, and an FBI-trained Bomb Squad. The latest addition to the ESU is a new K-9 Unit which assists the Bomb Squad. Our tactical entry teams utilize automatic weapons, the latest technology in bullet-resistant body armor and shields, and high-tech heat sensing/night vision equipment. Our Bomb Squad, part of the New Jersey Render Safe Task Force, utilizes the latest robotic technology and equipment in the nation and can be dispatched to aid other departments anywhere in the state.”

The Jersey City Police Department said of their Canine Unit, in “January 1986 these two teams began patrolling the streets of the city.  In July of the same year, an additional two patrol teams graduated from the NYC K-9 Center and joined the JCPD K-9 Unit. The K-9 teams were eventually crossed trained as narcotic, explosive and arson detection canines. At its largest size the K-9 Unit had six teams.  During these years the K-9 Unit made over 300 felony type arrests, recovered large quantities of narcotics, seized drug dealers' cash and vehicles, assisted with searches for missing persons, became members of the Emergency Services Unit Tactical team, and presented Community Relations demonstrations to numerous groups within the City and County.  After the year 2000, the function of the K-9 Unit became solely scent detection.”

Sergeant Michael Gajewski of the Jersey City Police Department is the author of The Axeman’s Fame.  The book is “Based on a true story. A young woman is killed and the only evidence is killer’s calling cards - a bloody axe and a note. Soon a second body is discovered and the police now realize they have a serial killer on their hands. With re-election fast approaching the mayor demands action. The chief of police assigns two top detectives to the case. As the killings continue and the notes left behind turn to taunts, the police realize that they are now involved in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a madman. With few clues the two detectives turn the city upside down in a desperate race to find the one thing that can lead them to the "Axeman."

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