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Robert (Bob) Martin retired from the Lower Township Police Department (New Jersey) as a Detective Commander after 25 years of service.   He partnered with retired Captain Ernest Naspretto, New York Police Department, to write the true account of the murder and the investigation into the murder of a fellow officer. His book, The Thick Blue Line, explores the murder of Police Officer David C. Douglass, Lower Township Police Department (New Jersey).

According to the book description, “if you enjoy crime novels you will enjoy reading the true murder story, The Thick Blue Line. The investigation is revealed through the eyes of the investigators who solved the murder of a fellow officer. The reader will experience the investigative process from initial incident to the final judicial sentencing of the offender. The six week investigation allows you to observe, and understand, what the investigators did in an attempt to close the most important case of their respective careers.”

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About the Lower Township Police Department

The Lower Township Police Department was officially incorporated in 1955. The Department now has 45 full time police officers and several Class II or part time officers. The Lower Township Police Department is organized into Administrative Services Division, Patrol Bureau, Community Services/Tactical Patrol, Investigative Bureau, Communications Bureau and Records Bureau.

While the Patrol Bureau provides uniformed law enforcement services, the Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Lower Township Police Department, is responsible for identifying and apprehending criminal offenders and for preparing the cases for prosecution. These cases may involve murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, major thefts, arson, drugs and other serious crimes. The Criminal Investigation Bureau also investigates cases of non-criminal nature, including liquor license applications, missing persons reports and firearm applications. Members of the Criminal Investigation Bureau also provide programs to civic organizations in our community. Detectives assigned to these criminal cases often act as evidence technicians, processing the crime scene for physical evidence. The detectives may take photographs, handle and collect trace evidence from the crime scene and dust the area with fingerprint powder for latent fingerprints. Additionally, the detectives interview and take statements from victims, witnesses and defendants.



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