Jimmy O’Neill became New York City’s 43rd Police Commissioner last September. Since then, he has coped with a terrorist attack in Chelsea, solving a brutal homicide of a jogger in Queens, protecting a new President on 56th Street, and a negotiating a new union contract. He tells Jim that he seeks no legacy, except to keep New Yorkers safe in a new relationship with police.
As New York City Police Commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly thwarted 16 terrorist plots against the City. He tells Jim of the lessons learned from the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, how we can intensify our counter terrorism efforts nationwide, and even answers the question whether he might run for Mayor.
In office from January 2014, with the crime rate down, terrorism checked, but community relations strained as police departments fall under a cloud throughout the country, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is in the midst of a major community-based overhaul of the NYPD. He tells Jim Zirin that the police need to heed the words of Sir Robert Peel, and be at one with the communities they serve.
The death in custody of an African-American, Eric Garner, spurred a firestorm of protest after a Staten Island grand jury refused to indict the white police officer who tried to subdue him. The Garner incident, its impact on minority communities, and the function of grand juries in such situations are among the topics Jim discusses with his guest, Michael Armstrong who, when District Attorney in Queens County, obtained the indictment of a white police officer for shooting an unarmed African American youth.
Leading Mayoral candidates Quinn, deBlasio, Thompson and Liu all want to throttle the NYPD with an Inspector General and a curtailed stop and frisk. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly thinks the candidates’ policing strategies will make the City less safe. He tells Jim that stop and frisk saves lives, and the NYPD already has amply sufficient oversight and regulation.
The Boston PD never knew the FBI had questioned Tsarnaev. With more sophisticated intelligence reaching deep into the Islamic community, state-of-the art surveillance cameras, and a great track record of stopping terrorist plots before they go operational, the NYPD would have been well positioned to thwart the Boston tragedy, argues former NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Counter-terrorism Richard Falkenrath. He tells Jim what needed to be done.
The former chief counsel to the legendary Knapp Commission, chair of the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Police Corruption and author of the bestselling book, “They Wished They Were Honest,” tells Jim why systemic corruption flourished in the New York City Police Department of the 1970’s and how the NYPD has succeeded in policing itself today.
Formerly a top prosecutor, now a bestselling mystery novelist, Linda headed the sex crimes unit in the Morgenthau District Attorney’s office. She analyzes the DSK case from perp walk to dismissal, gives Jim her take on what really happened, as well as a sneak preview of her next book
When four days of rioting broke out in London last August with thugs mobilizing on the social media, the British government turned to our own Bill Bratton for advice in handling the violence, the street gangs and the Metropolitan Police. Bill explains his strategy to restore law and order in England.
The legendary New York City Police Commissioner tells whether in waging the war on terror we have struck the right balance between security and privacy.
Does the Net help us catch terrorists or help al Qaeda recruit home-grown operatives? Hear why we are safer today than we were on 9/11. Learn the answers from NYPD Counterterrorism Czar Commissioner Richard Falkenrath. .
Is another terrorist attack on New York City inevitable? In Paris, London, Madrid and Mumbai, terrorists used blogs and cell phones to communicate. Does the Net make us safer or more vulnerable?
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