William Majeski had a 21 year
career with the New York City Police Department where retired as a Detective. His law enforcement expertise encompasses a
vast array of criminal and internal investigations, from Homicides through to Political Corruption. During his tenure as an
NYPD Detective, William Majeski focused on complex Investigations. Periodically, he took on other assignments; serving as
a Panel Member of the Civilian Complaint Board, as a Delegate for the Detective Endowment Association and was selected as
a Committee Member to evaluate current and develop new departmental investigative procedures.
William Majeski has a BS Degree
from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Over the years he has successfully
completed numerous complex investigations, becoming a recognized specialist in areas of corporate litigation, white-collar
crime, internal corruption, personal solutions and interviewing techniques. He developed the Power Interview. William Majeski
is the President of Majeski Associates Inc., an Investigative Firm in operation since 1988, creating solutions and serving
the needs of clients worldwide. He is the co-editor of Corporate Investigations and the author of
The Lie Detection Book.
According to the description of Corporate
Investigations, “The range of corporate investigations is extremely broad, from accounting financial fraud
to executive protection, from shoplifting to international fraud. More than two dozen experts share their investigative techniques
to help you navigate this complex field. Topics include: FCRA and corporate investigations; Assessing credibility:
ADVA technology, voice and stress analysis; Profiling for corporate investigators; Surveillance; Electronic eavesdropping
and corporate counterespionage; Voice identification: The aural/spectrographic method; The statement as a crime scene: Low-tech
tools for corporate investigations; The art and science of communication during an investigation Doing business with your
experts; The changing role of law enforcement in corporate investigations; The due diligence investigation; Forensic accounting
and financial fraud; Environmental business risks: A legal investigator's consultant role; and, Investigating the sexual
According to one reader of The
Lie Detective Book, “This book, by an ex-NYPD officer, explains how to tell if people are lying. The technique
is reassuringly non-trivial: it requires a lot of self-training in observation and thinking. Since nearly
all the illustrative anecdotes are of police-style "interrogations", it's a little unclear exactly how this
approach translates into "social" situations. The attempts at demonstrating such translation, for example the AIDS-risk
scenario, show that it doesn't actually translate: you just can't ask those sorts of questions socially, and also
the other party is under no obligation to sit around and answer them (or even to sit around in incriminating silence)!
The scenarios described are essentially all about people lying
about actual crimes, people who appear to be desperate to confess, too. (Although there is an amusing little sketch of a poker
game, with the author using his techniques to spot "bluffing".) The author appears to have more
faith in the polygraph than more recent studies, too. And confession appears to the aim of the game: what about false confessions?
The discussion of asking "open" questions (here called non "yes or no" questions), and the non-threatening
approach to questioning, are worthwhile. But it is all too brief.”
History of the New York City Police Department
The stipend of the guardians of the peace was again increased at this time, each Watchman
being allowed five shillings and six pence for every night's service, the Captains receiving eleven shillings. In view
of the fact that the Second and Third Districts covered so large a space of ground, the Watch was ordered to patrol in lieu
of having regular stands, except the Jail and Bridewell, and such other places as the Mayor for the time being should especially
Watchmen, even though assigned to particular
stations, were required to give assistance at any point where disorder might break out. Intoxicants or other faults on their
part was to be forthwith reported by the Captains to the Mayor, or Recorder; and vacancies in their ranks by death or otherwise
were to similarly announced. Every Captain, as well as every Watchman, was placed under the order of the Mayor, Recorder,
or any of the Aldermen; and all officers were expressly cautioned to detain prisoners until discharged by proper Magistrates.
The pay of these guardians of the peace will strike the world of to-day as ridiculously small; but I must be remembered that
at this early period, the purchasing power of money was much greater than now, one dollar then being at least as good as to
at the present time. The Captains pay was set by the ordinance, which we have just been quoting, at $1.50 for every night's
actual service, and each of the other Watchmen at 70 cents.
The High Constable, under the Dongan
charter (1686), and under the Montgomerie charter (17300, was appointed by the Mayor yearly on the feast of St. Michael, September
29. The time of appointment was changed by an act passed April 5, 1804, to the third Tuesday of November. According to the
former charter seven Constables were to be elected and chosen annually, viz.: one for each of the first wards respectively,
and two for the out ward. The number was increased to sixteen under the latter charter, two of whom were to be elected annually
for each of the first six wards respectively, and four for the out ward. Should an elected Constable refuse to serve, he was
liable to be fined £15, and another was elected in his place. It was his duty to attend upon the Mayor, Recorder, and
on any of the Aldermen to execute their commands; to aid and obey the Inspectors at the election for charter offices.
The following persons were appointed
Captains of the Night-Watch: Nicholas Lawrence and William Van Zandt, First District; Magnus Beekman, Nathan H. Rockwell,
Second District: Jacob Hays, Charles Van Order, Third District. No better illustration could be afforded of the pinching official
economy practiced in those days than the recorded fact that "the comptroller was directed in 1803 to let out the upper
part of the Watch-House in the First District."
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