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Blue on Blue : An Insider's Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops
by Charles Campisi and Gordon Dillow


Overview - One of the most authentic and consistently illuminating portraits of police work ever, Blue on Blue describes the fascinating inner workings of the world's largest police force and Chief Charles Campisi's unprecedented two decades putting bad cops behind bars.  Read more...

 
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    Published: 2018-02-01
    Publisher: Scribner Book Company
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Overview
One of the most authentic and consistently illuminating portraits of police work ever, Blue on Blue describes the fascinating inner workings of the world's largest police force and Chief Charles Campisi's unprecedented two decades putting bad cops behind bars.

From 1996 through 2014 Charles Campisi headed NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, working under four police commissioners and gaining a reputation as hard-nosed and incorruptible. When he retired, only one man on the 36,000-member force had served longer. During Campisi's IAB tenure, the number of New Yorkers shot, wounded, or killed by cops every year declined by ninety percent, and the number of cops failing integrity tests shrank to an equally startling low.

But to achieve those exemplary results, Campisi had to triple IAB's staff, hire the very best detectives, and put the word out that bad apples wouldn't be tolerated.

While early pages of Campisi's absorbing account bring us into the real world of cops, showing, for example, the agony that every cop suffers when he fires his gun, later pages spotlight a harrowing series of investigations that tested IAB's capacities, forcing detectives to go undercover against cops who were themselves undercover, to hunt down criminals posing as cops, and to break through the "blue wall of silence" to verify rare--but sometimes very real--cases of police brutality.

Told in an edge-of-the-seat way by a born storyteller, Blue on Blue puts us in the scene, allowing us to listen in on wiretaps and feel the adrenaline rush of drawing in the net. It also reveals new threats to the force, such as the possibility of infiltration by terrorists. Ultimately, the book inspires awe for the man who, for almost two decades, was entrusted with the job of making sure the words "New York's Finest" never ring hollow.

A truly revelatory account, Blue on Blue will forever change the way you view police work.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781501127199
  • ISBN-10: 1501127195
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 368
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Law Enforcement
Books > Political Science > Corruption & Misconduct
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-11-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Campisi, the chief of NYPDs Internal Affairs Bureau from 1996 to 2014, explains his methods for combating police corruption in this highly readable account of his time heading the worlds largest police anti-corruption unit. After conceding that eliminating all significant police misconduct is a utopian goal, Campisi places the thefts, brutalities, and other crimes in context by noting that the vast majority of cops do their hazardous work professionally and honestly. New York City newspaper readers will find many of the accounts familiar, but Campisis insider perspective provides a different lens. He ends with brief commentary on the current state of policing in New York City. Hes no fan of Mayor de Blasio, and expresses concerns about the reduction in the number of integrity tests since his retirement in 2014. Most eye-opening is his fear that the NYPD will be infiltrated by sympathizers or even sleeper agents of ISIS or al-Qaeda or some other terrorist organization. The breadth and depth of his experience makes this a must-read for those interested in how police misconduct has been handled. (Feb.)

 
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