The architect of New York City's incredibly successful campaign to reduce crime lays out in colorful detail how to catch crooks and prevent crime.
From the Publisher
When William Bratton was named Police Commissioner of New York City in 1993, the person he chose to be his umber one strategist in the war against crime was an overweight dandy with a big mouth, a fixture at the celebrity scene at Elaine's restaurant, and worst of all in the eyes of his critics, a lieutenant in the despised Transit Force -- a subway cop who wore spats and a homburg and drank champagne on ice. But Bratton knew that Jack Maple was an extraordinarily tough and brilliant cop, who had risen through the ranks by being relentless, fearless, and clever. As a young officer he constantly got in trouble for making too many arrests (too much paperwork, said his bosses), and as a transit detective he pioneered the fabled decoy squad that used deception and footwork to make the terrifying subways safe again in the late 1980s. And Maple had ideas that would change the way we think about crime.
Maple knew from his twenty years on the force that stopping crime was not the priority of the police -- unbelievable, but true. He was determined to revolutionize the way crime is fought how cops go after crooks, and how they prevent crime from happening in the first place. And he did. Within two years, the seemingly intractable New York crime problem was solved -- murders went down 50 percent, crime overall 39 percent, and by 1998 the number of murders in New York was lower than in 1964!
"The Crime Fighter" tells the reader how crime can and should be fought. Laced with fascinating, incredible, and often humorous tales of Jack's adventures as a cop, the book is as informative as it is entertaining. Anyone interested in how criminals think and act, and how the police actually do their jobs,will devour "The Crime Fighter."