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Vincent E. Henry "earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York (John Jay), and is associate professor and director of Long Island University's Homeland Security Management Institute.  He earned B.A. and M.S. degrees from Long Island University (C.W. Post Campus) and an M.Phil. degree from the City University of New York.  A first responder to the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack, Vincent retired from the New York Police Department in 2002 following a 21-year police career in which he served in a wide variety of uniformed and plainclothes patrol, undercover decoy, training, investigative, supervisory and management assignments. Vincent Henry is the author of numerous publications in the fields of law enforcement management, police corruption and reform, psychological trauma, terrorism, and homeland security."  Vincent Henry is the author of The COMPSTAT Paradigm: Management Accountability in Policing, Business and the Private Sector and Death Work: Police, Trauma, and the Psychology of Survival.

According to the book description of Death Work: Police, Trauma, and the Psychology of Survival, "in this fascinating new book, Vincent Henry (a 21-year veteran of the NYPD who recently retired to become a university professor) explores the psychological transformations and adaptations that result from police officers' encounters with death. Police can encounter death frequently in the course of their duties, and these encounters may range from casual contacts with the deaths of others to the most profound and personally consequential confrontations with their own mortality. Using the 'survivor psychology' model as its theoretical base, this insightful and provocative research ventures into a previously unexplored area of police psychology to illuminate and explore the new modes of adaptation, thought, and feeling that result from various types of death encounters in police work."


According to the book description of The Compstat Paradigm: Management Accountability in Policing, Business and the Public Sector, "a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the stunning crime-fighting revolution that revolutionized law enforcement! Ever wonder how NYC, once infamous for crime and violence, gains status as the safest big city year after year? The answers are here, coming straight from one of the actual creators of the most innovative crime reduction programs in history! From the four deceptively simple principles of COMPSTAT to the accountability protocols that can improve every agency, this is more than just a case study...it s a field-tested, ready-to-use, crime-fighting blueprint!"

Death Work: Police, Trauma, and the Psychology of Survival
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The Compstat Paradigm: Management Accountability in Policing, Business and the Public Sector
Vincent E. Henry  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.





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