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Mike DeMarino was a New York Police Department police officer for five years. He tells the story of his career in Five Year Vest. Mike DeMarino states about his book, “whenever anybody would ask, “hey, Mike, what’s the NYC Police Academy like?”  I always gave the same answer: High school.  There was cheating on tests, cutting class and falling asleep in class.  In HS this is expected from students.  But in the police academy, one would expect a much more disciplined atmosphere.  At least that’s what I thought.  The only real difference is that in HS there is the possibility of failing.  But to fail out of the academy you would literally have to have an empty space between your ears.  Come share fine years on the job; enjoy the worst times of my life.”

According to one reader of Five Year Vest, “Forgive the sometimes bad English and focus on what he's telling us: his experience of the worst 5 years of his life in the NYPD! A must read for anyone, who would otherwise blindly fall for the NYPD's sales pitch on the subway posters in New York City (to become one of New York's Finest). It should make you think twice, before you apply. This book is like a try, before you buy offer, so you don't have to be sorry later for your bad decision in life. It saves you a lot of trouble. But of course, if your head is filled with tales about heroism or you're desperate for any job, then you might fall for it. Five Year Vest is a warning for those people about to make a big mistake, so now that you stumbled on this page, read it! And if, after reading it, you still want to join the NYPD, go for it, no one can help you! You will be responsible for your own fate.”

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From the History of the New York Police Department 

The Mayor's Court was held in the City hall. The Mayor, Recorder, and Aldermen constituted this court, though the Mayor and Recorder might meet without the Aldermen. The court held its sittings on the third Monday of every month. The charter of this court is dated April 22, 1686. As a Court of Justice the Mayor's Court stood very high in public estimation.

Then there were the District court of the United States; the Circuit court of the United States; the Surrogate's Office; the Marine or Justices' Court--this court consisted of three Judges or Justices, who were appointed by the Council of State, two of which should always preside. They met every lawful day at ten o'clock, and were empowered to try actions for debt to the amount of one hundred dollars; to determine as to seamen's wages to any amount, and in actions of assault, battery and false imprisonment among seamen and passengers. It was distinct from all other courts of justices; had no power to hold sessions of the peace but as to keeping the peace it had the same power as other magistrates.


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