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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Writing an NYPD Police Procedural Novel

The December 21, episode of American Heroes Radio features a conversation retired NYPD Detective Joe DeCicco, the author of Dirty Baggs.

Program Date:  December 21, 2013
Program Time: 1500 hours, PACIFIC
Topic: Writing an NYPD Police Procedural Novel

About the Guest
Joe DeCicco is a retired New York City Detective who originally attended college to practice Electrical Engineering. After working a lighting designer for several years, life circumstances decreed that he join the New York City Police Department in 1973, spending more then half his service in plainclothes, including over four years as an Organized Crime Control Bureau narcotics investigator, then year with Brooklyn Central Robbery and more than three years with the Brooklyn South Detective Division assigned to the 62nd Squad in Bensonhurst. After spending twenty years on the streets of New York, Joe happily retired in on July 4th 1993, truly celebrating his own Independence Day, with over twenty awards and decorations.

Joe explains that his writings come from an inner need to share his experiences with others while fulfilling the public’s ongoing interest with police work. In his novels, the series main character, Michael Romano, is a dedicated police officer who sometimes, while performing his duties, inadvertently becomes involved with people who have no business being on any police force. The author feels that while still entertaining, his writings show all facets of the sometimes complex personalities of those who choose to be the daily guardians of our society. Joe DeCicco is the author of Worms in the Apple, Angel With A Gun and Dirty Baggs.

According to the book description of Dirty Baggs, “The author's third novel about the career of a New York City Police Officer takes place in Staten Island New York, an almost country borough within the city. The story opens with Romano witnessing a homicide on his way to work. Michael Romano had everything he ever wanted, a job that he loved, a wife and two children and a home of his own. One fateful night he arrived home early and his world changed. Follow along as he balances his work and personal problems yet still manages to catch a bad guy or two, even a serial killer.

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.

Program Contact Information
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA

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