Author: Lou Savelli

Gangs and Terrorists: Partners in Crime

You could still smell the odor of the burned towers of World Trade Center all the way to the East Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn weeks after the attacks.  On the corner of Clarendon Road, a few feet from Flatbush Avenue, it was business as usual.  Haitian Mafia Crips were spread out across the four corners looking for Five-Oh. People were heading home in the darkness after a long day at work in Manhattan.  They seemed almost oblivious, or frightened, to the gang colors and apparent drug dealing as they scurried across the street homeward like mice racing to a hole in a...

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Writing Effective Police Reports

Police report writing, although it becomes public record and it is extremely important to the Criminal Justice System, is seldom too technical for the average officer to master.  It’s not brain surgery, however, it should be carried out with care and pride. Police reports will result in the investigation of crimes, the arrest of suspects and the basis for criminal trials.  These reports can frequently result in heavy scrutiny by supervisors, internal affairs, prosecutors, defense attorneys, civil attorneys, and sometimes, the media. While the idea of such scrutiny can be intimidating, it should be the catalyst to always insure...

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Stopping Murder

PREVENTING HOMICIDES IN GANG-INFESTED AREAS NEIGHBORHOODS  In high crime areas like New York City, Los Angeles, California, Newark, New Jersey, Gary, Indiana, Chicago, Illinois, and so many other gang-infested cities across the US, it is often the rule rather than the rarity not to talk to the police when a murder occurs. Community members often withhold information due to fear of retaliation.  They don’t fully trust the police. The citizens choose not to cooperate even though they know their silence will give way to more crimes. Their silence will contribute to the deterioration of the quality of life where...

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You Can Dance with the Devil, but Don’t Let Him Lead

USING INFORMANTS WITHOUT GETTING YOUR BUTT KICKED Dealing with informants can be a risky business!  Some informants, by their mere nature, can pose many problems to an inexperienced and untrained law enforcement officer and a host of other problems for the officer’s agency. While the utilization of informants are a necessary and useful tool to enhance law enforcement efforts, agencies need to provide narrowly focused training that targets informant management to provide officers with the knowledge, skills and  street smarts to effectively handle criminals who are, quite often, experts at manipulating the system as well as people and even...

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Ten Percenters – The cops who really make a difference!

There are 1%ers, 5%ers, 99%ers, and there are 13%ers, but in the law enforcement profession there are 10%ers. 10%ers are in every law enforcement agency and we should all thank God they are!  10%ers are those Cops (law enforcement officers) who truly make the streets safer for everyone else. 10%ers are the cops that the cops call when they need help.  And I don’t mean everyone in SWAT, Narco, ESU, SRT or ERT since not all of them may be 10%ers. It’s that 10% of each agency that really makes a difference. I’ve even heard some cops even call...

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