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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The NYPD Film Unit

The May 31, 2012, episode of American Heroes Radio features a conversation with Patrolmen Vincent Casale, New York City Police Department, a former member of the NYPD Film Unit and the author of The Coparazzi.

Program Date: May 31, 2012
Program Time: 1500 hours, PACIFIC
Topic: The NYPD Film Unit
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About the Guest
Patrolmen Vincent Casale, New York City Police Department, in 1989, was “transferred to his dream assignment, The NYPD Movie-TV Unit. The elite unit employed a limited number of police officers whose responsibility was to assist the motion picture industry while they rolled cameras on the streets of New York City.” Vincent Casale is the author of The Coparazzi.

According to the description of The Coparazzi, “Officer Casale found himself smack in the middle of New York film-making. Lights! Camera! Action! Movie Stars! As a lifelong film fanatic he was over the moon! But were the stars in his eyes too bright?”

About the NYPD Film Unit
According to the NYPD Movie/TV Unit, it “was founded along with the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting in 1966. In the four decades since, the Unit has worked in concert with the MOFTB to successfully balance the needs of New Yorkers and the production industry, facilitating the production of tens of thousands of films, television shows, commercials, music videos and still photography shoots across the City. When projects shoot at an exterior location which requires traffic control, or has a scene with prop firearms, weapons or actors in police uniforms, members of the Unit are assigned -- at no cost -- to be on set.”

About the Watering Hole
The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life.  Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

About the Host
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, law enforcement technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement.

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Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA

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