DETECTIVE MARIE CIRILE: Memoirs of a Police Officer by Marie Cirile

DETECTIVE MARIE CIRILE: Memoirs of a Police Officer

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A collar-and-cuff documentary of Marie Cirile's some twenty years with New York's Finest from testing to training to first assignment with the Women's Bureau--still more backward than the rest of the Department where they served as matrons sewing on buttons. Before long she moved on to her first real duty--the gypsy squad and before she was through she seems to have been on most divisions except homicide--the Broadway detail (jostling, indecent exposure), abortion, degenerates, missing persons, etc. etc. The case which earned her initial notoriety and a Daily News Hero Award (she's not shy about any of this at all) was her apprehension--in disguise as an old woman--of a repeater criminal in Horn & Hardart's; she fought, all the way through to a kangaroo court trial, incrimination, her own, in the department clean-up of some eighty police officers; but her biggest and most interesting case concludes the book, after her assignment to the newly created Art Squad, when after months of surveillance from the Museum of Modern Art to the New York Public Library she brought in a man who had stolen many, many rare prints--working away quietly with a razor and a Scotch Tape pencil. For those who enjoyed Dorothy Uhnak (Cirile doesn't write as well)--she's covered a lot of territory and answered a lot of forthwiths.

Pub Date: June 13th, 1975
Publisher: Doubleday