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Guide to Basic Crime Scene Investigation
Lou Savelli  More Info

Gangs Across America And Their Symbols (Pocketguides)
Lou Savelli  More Info
Graffiti Pocket Guide (Pocketguide)
Lou Savelli  More Info
Street Drugs Pocketguide
Lou Savelli  More Info

Practical Spanish For Law Enforcement
Lou Savelli  More Info

Cop Jokes Pocketguide
Lou Savelli  More Info

A Proactive Law Enforcement Guide For The War On Terror
Lou Savelli  More Info

Pocket Guide To Identity Theft
Lou Savelli  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.





Lou Savelli, who has spent all of his 23 years in law enforcement in the streets, is one of the most decorated officers in NYPD history and has received over 100 medals for bravery, outstanding police work, life saving rescues, and record setting investigations. He retired in 2004 as the Detective Squad Commander of the NYPD's Terrorism Interdiction Unit, which he co-founded after 9-11-01 as a proactive counter-terrorism investigative unit responsible to aggressively seek out and investigate terrorist cells in New York.


Lou Savelli was chosen as one of the top 10 of NYPD's most effective leaders of all ranks (out of nearly 20,000 qualified supervisors) and the first supervisor featured in NYPD's Leadership Training School newsletter because of his innovation and success in the field of leadership. He created NYPD's first citywide gang unit called CAGE (Citywide Anti Gang Enforcement) which was awarded the National Gang Crime Research Center's award for The Most Effective Gang Unit in the US.  Lou Savelli is the author of eight books in the “Pocket Guide Series:” Guide to Basic Crime Scene Investigation; Gangs Across American and the Symbols; Graffiti Pocket Guide; Street Drugs Pocket Guide; Practical Spanish for Law Enforcement; Identity Theft; Cop Jokes; and A Proactive Law Enforcement Guide for the War on Terror.


According to the description of a Guide to Basic Crime Scene Investigation, “An outstanding resource to have with you at every scene! Covers the time tested investigation strategies that ensure ironclad cases and successful prosecutions. Includes step-by-step instructions on appropriate approach tactics: scene search strategies; evidence collection; interviewing witnesses; closing a scene; initial documentation techniques; controlling the media; and,  establishing and securing a scene.  It also includes helpful photographs, diagrams and illustrations to facilitate understanding.”


According to the description of Gangs Across American and the Symbols, “If you work the street, you're in the often cryptic world of gangs! This pocket-sized powerhouse of gang intelligence is your roadmap to safe, effective contact with any gang-related person, area or activity. Expertly complied, this guide includes: gang affiliation breakdowns; gang nations' color schemes meanings; interpretations of gang graffiti; hand signs, slang translations and tattoo meanings.  It covers: Street Gangs, Ethnic Gangs, Occult Gangs, Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Hate Groups, Prison Gangs.”


According to the description of Graffiti Pocket Guide, “Graffiti can be found in every city and town. No community is immune. The Pocketguide to Graffiti provides an understanding of graffiti, gang graffiti, and the type of people engaging in writing graffiti. Often called 'the newspaper of the streets', graffiti needs to be deciphered and eradicated. The Pocketguide to Graffiti exposes the types of graffiti, writing styles, taggers, gang banger grafiti, deciphering graffiti, investigating graffiti criminals and other topics relating to graffiti.”


According to the description of Street Drugs Pocket Guide, “Drugs can turn up anywhere! No city, town, or community is immune from drugs. In fact, experts say that 80 percent of all crimes are related in some way to drugs. Being able to identify and understand the various drugs infecting our streets, families, and communities, is the first step in winning the war crime. The Pocketguide to Street Drugs exposes the most frequently abused drugs and paraphernalia in our society. Listed in this easy to use, pocket-sized street drug reference manual are: pictures; descriptions; street prices; weights; packaging; paraphernalia; slang names.  It is a great tool for: drug interdiction officers; undercover narcs; community policing officers; corrections; school resource officers; any law enforcement officer wanting to identify street drugs.”


According to the description of Practical Spanish for Law Enforcement, law enforcement officers “frequently come in contact with people who don’t speak English. The most common language encountered, by far, is Spanish. The Pocket Guide to Spanish for Law Enforcement Officers offers the most common conversational and command situations encountered by law enforcement officers and provides an easy to use Spanish translation. This handy pocket-sized reference deals with: traffic stops arrest situations correction situations medical aid travel directions standardized field sobriety test Miranda warnings and more.”


According to the description of Identity Theft, “From understanding the basics of ID theft and learning to spot ID theft situations to knowing the specific questions to ask a theft victim and using documentation to enhance prosecutorial efforts, this pocket-sized gem gives you quick reference to the basics of handling this fast-growing crime. Includes specific crime report samples; financial dispute letters for victims use; listings of state and federal statutes relevant to ID theft; plus specific prevention methods that even you should use.”


According to the description of A Proactive Law Enforcement Guide for the War on Terror, “Topics include:  suggestions for enforcement counter-terror tools officers should carry; tips for spotting out-of-the-ordinary people and situations that can indicate trouble; insight into identifying fake documentation; terrorist investigation strategies; domestic terrorist groups; and, exploration of the killer terrorist mind-set.  It includes a helpful glossary of terrorism-related terms and phrases.”

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