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On the pad: the underworld and its corrupt police;: Confessions of a cop on the take,
Leonard Shecter  More Info

From the History of the New York Police Department 

The year 1764 was marked in the police annals by the erection of a new pillory with a large wooden cage behind it, between the new Jail (the present Hall of Records) and the Work-house, which occupied the site of the present City Hall. The cage was for the punishment of disorderly boys who "publically" broke the Sabbath. The system showed signs of considerable progress and development about this time. In 1767 the Mayor was requested by the Common Council to apply to the General Assembly for power to raise £1,400 for defraying the expenses of maintaining Watchmen, and of lighting and supplying the lamps.


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Holice and Debbie

In Prison for 31 years, former New York Police Department police officer William Phillips is the co-author of his memoir, On the Pad. According to a recent interviewed by Geoffrey Gray, (February 27, 2007), in the New York Times, “The trouble started one spring day in 1971 at P. J. Clarke’s, the glittering bar and hamburger restaurant on Third Avenue. This place, typically overrun with police officers, bookmakers, ballplayers and prizefighters, was Mr. Phillips’s hangout. He was only a patrolman, but looking at him, you’d never know it.


“I dressed like a million dollars,” Mr. Phillips said during one of two interviews conducted at Fishkill last year. “I was an East Side guy. Making money, hanging around, chasing broads. I was just a fun-loving guy. I mean, I would meet a gal, we would hit it off, go do different things, have fun, she’d drift off and someone else would come along and that’s it.” Or, as he put it in his memoir, “On the Pad,” published in 1973: “My life was one big fun.”


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