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November 30th, 2005

Bronx Cold Case Squad

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 [the article has since been removed].

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.

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  • 1 Tom // Dec 4, 2005 at 8:38 pm


    Some of your facts about the Bronx Cold Case Squad are inaccurate and the Cold Case Squad in general are out dated. If you would ever like get clarification, drop me an email.

    Tom Joyce
    CO Bronx Cold Case Squad

  • 2 Stacy Horn // Dec 4, 2005 at 9:57 pm

    By all means, post any corrections and updates you would like to make!

    In the meantime, keep up the great work Bronx Cold Case Squad.

  • 3 Trini // Jan 12, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    my man been locked up for the past 20 years for a crime that he never even committed. Foreal! and the worst part about it all is that, he has all the proof that shows that he was really a victim of the injustice system. Holla at me and tell me something about that. Who is gone help put some light on this f^@#e& up situation!