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November 17th, 2015

NYPD’s Cold Case Squad is the Largest in the Country

They were down to eleven, and for a while the next largest squad, the LAPD’s Cold Case Homicide Unit, had overtaken them. But the NYPD’s Cold Case Unit now has twenty detectives, one lieutenant, and two sergeants (the LAPD has ten detectives and one lieutenant).

This must be due in part to Police Commissioner William Bratton, and the squad’s current commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander James West. I’m not saying one squad is better than the other, but New York City is larger, and with over 10,000 unsolved homicides going back to 1985, increasing the strength of the squad is a good move.

A picture of the original Cold Case Squad, taken shortly after the squad was formed in 1996.


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