There are over twenty detectives in the NYPD’s Cold Case Squad, and unfortunately I couldn’t write about them all. The book is pretty packed with people as it is. But this always bugged me, I met a lot of great detectives. In the Bronx Squad for instance, there’s a detective named Mark Tebbens. I just read about one of his cases here.
It’s an incredible story, and worth reading. They tracked down the murderer of a holocaust survivor.
I went back to my book to find my description of the Bronx Squad office. At the time there were five squads within the Cold Case Squad — Queens, Brooklyn, Special Projects, Manhattan and the Bronx squad (the Special Projects unit has since been disbanded). I’m beginning to describe them here:
Every squad has its own personality. The Bronx squad is far away and ghost-like. Even within its own precinct it’s tucked away, and you have to walk through the warrant squad to get there. While all the Cold Case Squad offices are battered and worn, the Special Projects squad office has at least some fancy touches because of its proximity to 1PP. The office of Lt. Pollini, the commanding officer of Special Projects, is almost grand. The Manhattan and Brooklyn squads, which are both housed in the Brooklyn office, are less fancy, but they have a certain formality and tension because this is Cold Case Squad headquarters and the headquarters for the Fugitive Enforcement Division under which it operates. Spano and Ferrari, the commanding officers, are here. Detectives outside Brooklyn complain that the guys in Brooklyn get everything they want because they’re in Spano’s face every day. The Brooklyn detectives complain because they’re in Spano’s face every day.