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Roger Abel is a retired second grade New York Police Department Detective. A native New Yorker, he has a long and distinguished career in law enforcement as President of the Black Police Officers Organization of the New York City Police Department called "Guardian Association, and President of the National Black Police Association. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology, a master’s degree in Public Administration, and many police department and community service awards.


His book, The Black Shields, documents his research into the history of African Americans on the New York Police Department.  According to the book description, “All but ignored, the Black police officer went unseen in a history that has been lost, stolen, and disguised by generations of segregation and discriminatory practices within the New York City Police Department, and city Government. For more than a century, Black police officers walked a lonely beat, and very little was written about their struggled for equality and recognition since the first Black officer entered the Police Department in 1891.”

The Black Shields
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From the History of the New York Police Department 

The pay of Captains of the Watch, in April, 1832, was fixed at one dollar and eighty-seven cents per night each, and the Assistant Captains received one dollar and fifty cents. The Watchmen in the Fifteenth Ward were increased to such a number that ten men might be on duty in that Ward at one time, and that their line of patrol should extend to Fourteenth Street. The rate of wages of Watchmen, for each and every night's service, was established at one dollar. The Captain of the Sub-watch House, at the corner of Delancey and Attorney Streets, was directed to have two more men, and to place one of them in the cupola of the said Watch-house every night to look for fires, and give the alarm by ringing the bell, and to hang out of the window a pole with a lantern on the end, in the direction of the fire, that the firemen and citizens might know in which direction the fire was. Also, to strike the bell the different house through the night.


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