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Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
A.C., Day, Frank and Gallati, Robert Germann  More Info
Introduction to Private Security
Robert R. J. Gallati  More Info
A plan for the utilization of lieutenants as platoon commanders in selected precincts in the Police Department, city of New York
Robert R. J Gallati  More Info
Criminal Interrogation
Rudolph R. Caputo, Robert R.J. Gallati Aubry Arthur S. Jr.  More Info

About the New York Police Department (NYPD):

The first law-enforcement officer began to patrol the trails and paths of New York City when it was known as New Amsterdam, and was a Dutch settlement and fort in the year 1625. This lawman was known as a "Schout – fiscal" (sheriff – attorney) and was charged with keeping the peace, settling minor disputes, and warning colonists if fires broke out at night. The first Schout was a man named Johann Lampo.


The Rattle Watch was a group of colonists during the Dutch era (1609 - 1664) who patrolled from sunset until dawn. They carried weapons, lanterns and wooden rattles (that are similar to the ratchet noisemakers used during New Year celebrations). The rattles made a very loud, distinctive sound and were used to warn farmers and colonists of threatening situations. Upon hearing this sound, the colonists would rally to defend themselves or form bucket-brigades to put out fires. The rattles were used because whistles had not yet been invented. The Rattle Watchmen also are believed to have carried lanterns that had green glass inserts. This was to help identify them while they were on patrol at night (as there were no streetlights at that time). When they returned to their Watch House from patrol, they hung their lantern on a hook by the front door to show that the Watchman was present in the Watch House. Today, green lights are still hung outside the entrances of Police Precincts as a symbol that the "Watch" is present and vigilant.


When the High Constable of New York City, Jacob Hays retired from service in 1844, permission was granted by the Governor of the state to the Mayor of the City to create a Police Department. A force of approximately 800 men under the first Chief of Police, George W. Matsell, began to patrol the City in July of 1845. They wore badges that had an eight-pointed star (representing the first 8 paid members of the old Watch during Dutch times). The badges had the seal of the City in their center and were made of stamped copper.





Robert Gallati, a depression era lawyer, turned to police work as an alternative to hard times.  When he began the police academy, he already had a law degree from Fordham University and a Master’s from St. John’s University.  By 1962, he had risen to the rank of Assistant Chief Inspector and was named the NYPD Chief of Planning. 


In 1964, he took a leave of absence from the NYPD to become the first director of the New York State Identification and Intelligence System.  For the next eight years he developed the computerized fingerprint system that would become the model for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Robert Gallati returned to the NYPD, retiring in 1973.  He then served as a Deputy Police Commissioner in Mount Vernon (New York) and later as a the Chief of Police for the Brockton Police Department (Massachusetts).  Robert Gallati died in 1996.  He is the co-author of Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and co-author of Criminal Interrogation; and, the author of Introduction to Private Security and A plan for the Utilization of Lieutenants as Platoon Commanders in Selected Precincts in the Police Department, city of New York.



Some information from NY Times Obit.

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