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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 harassment case.”

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.”

Corporate Investigations
Lawyers and Judges Publishing  More Info
The Lie Detection Book
William J. Majeski  More Info

From the 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 point out.

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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